On Tuesday, alternative facts enthusiast and Donald Trump spinbot Kellyanne Conway retweets a white nationalist. Then deletes it. Then says she has no idea who sent it in the first place. But it’s the content of that tweet you need to look closely at.
I hate this, but we’re so far down the rabbit hole in terms of what the Trump administration has unleashed on our nation that I’m actually willing to entertain something I’d normally dismiss as pure conspiracy theory. When the President of the United States came to power by courting a white nationalist agenda, his closest advisor is a white nationalist, neo-Nazi Richard Spencer is a kind of celebrity and David Duke hails the election of Trump, is anything beyond the realm of possibility?
Conway retweeted someone who sent her a message of praise, someone with the stupid but seemingly innocent handle “Lib Hypocrisy.” In a quote tweet, Kellyanne added her own message back to this person and, subsequently, to her 1.3 million followers on Twitter. Here’s that tweet:
Kellyanne Conway has since deleted the tweet, mostly because, as it turns out, “Lib Hypocrisy” is a Twitter user heavily involved in the white nationalist movement. This person has an emoji representing the ubiquitous Pepe the Frog next to his/her name; the bio on the account contains both #WhiteIdentity and #Nationalist hashtags as well as shout-outs to Dutch nationalist Geert Wilders and Steve Bannon. Media Matters took the time of going through and chronicling some of “Lib Hypocrisy’s” various racist, anti-semitic, and xenophobic tweets and retweets, so I’m not going to bother running them down here.
What I want to focus on is Kellyanne Conway’s message to this person. Read it again. If you’re someone who understands the coded language of the neo-Nazi movement —or merely someone who’s been forced to bone up on it over the past several months— it’ll jump right out at you. For everyone else: it’s the peculiar phrase “Hapless Haters,” and the fact that both words are capitalized for no apparent reason. In neo-Nazi parlance, the two letters that begin those words, “HH,” hold a special and very obvious meaning. When you see or hear “HH” — or the number “88,” meant to represent HH, as the eighth letter of the alphabet — in certain circles, it’s a safe bet that it translates into “Heil Hitler,” a way of secretly communicating white nationalist solidarity.
So did Kellyanne Conway intend to do just that? Was she merely exploiting Trump’s white nationalist fan-base? Was it nothing more than a coincidence? We’ll never know.
By the way, just in case this is the actual goal of all of this, because I would literally put nothing past Kellyanne Conway: No, this won’t in any way distract the media from relentlessly hammering Trump on the Flynn/Russia scandal.