NBC News: Trump's Decision to Fly Flags at Half-Mast Emboldens Nazis
Frank Figluizzi, an NBC News contributor, says President Trump's decision to fly flags at half-mast after last weekend's shootings is a mistake, because of the importance of August 8 to neo-Nazis.
Per The Hill:
Figluizzi, a former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, said Trump's move would result in flags being raised again at dusk on Aug. 8.
"It's the little things and the language and messaging that matters," Figluizzi told anchor MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour." "The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until Aug. 8. That's 8/8."
"Now, I'm not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that's being demonstrated by the White House," he continued.
"The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter 'H' is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them the numbers 88 together stand for 'Heil Hitler.' So we're going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8," Figluizzi added.
Figluizzi's analysis was widely mocked on social media.
WINNER! Craziest thing ever said on TV: MSNBC regular Frank Figliuzzi claims that Trump ordering flags at half mast until Thursday was secret "HEIL HITLER!" signal.https://t.co/65FM9AMGhK— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 6, 2019
MSNBC is InfoWars. https://t.co/3M065SQkQs— RBe (@RBPundit) August 6, 2019