On Friday night, staffers at Donald Trump’s political rally in North Carolina told members of the public to drop their controversial QAnon one-finger salute, an NPR reporter reported.
Attendees at Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio last week sparked controversy after many raised their arms pointing skyward in a chilling gesture evoking the armed “heil Hitler” salute in honor of the late Nazi leader.
Hillary Clinton slammed the Ohio rally on Friday, comparing it to past Nazi rallies in Germany, and Trump to Hitler.
“You saw the rally in Ohio the other night: Trump is there raving and raving for over an hour, and you have these rows of young men with their arms up,” he said. she stated at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
The comparisons may also have been concerning for organizers of the Trump rally in North Carolina, as a man in the crowd in Wilmington told NPR’s Lisa Desjardins that a staffer at the rally told him to put his hand down. when he raised the one-finger salute.
Other staff members could be seen saying the same thing to others in the crowd, according to Desjardins. “Obviously” they “had been ordered to monitor this kind of gesture and to close it“, she tweeted.
Rally attendees said the index finger gesture represents the QAnon WWG1WGA sign, or: “Where We Go One We Go All.”
But there were plenty of other conservative signifiers, such as Trump’s rally songs “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Elvis Presley singing “Dixie.”
The former president also flashed an “OK” sign from the stage, a gesture often used to communicate white supremacy and frequently employed by QAnon followers.
Additionally, Trump closed his lengthy speech with instrumental music related to the QAnon movement similar to what was played during a segment of his speech in Ohio, the Raleigh News & Observer noted.
Trump promoted local candidates he backed and took the opportunity to investigate his political and business practices.
He repeatedly attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James, bizarrely calling her a ‘Peekaboo’ on several occasions and calling her ‘disgusting’, ‘racist’ and a ‘rabid maniac’ for investigating his business . A lawsuit (which Trump called “depraved”) filed by his office earlier this week accuses Trump and his three eldest children of grossly misrepresenting the value of their assets to obtain favorable loans and insurance payments, and reducing Taxes.