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Fri Jul 6, 2018, 05:13 PM Jul 2018

Did the Trump administration send a coded signal to neo-Nazis? [View all]




Last week, reporters and those others who monitor hate groups and extremist movements called attention to a little noticed press release issued in February by the Department of Homeland Security. Its title was unremarkable, at least by the standards of Trump administration propaganda: “We Must Secure the Border and Build the Wall to Make America Safe Again.”

Two things about that title have now attracted notice. It consists of 14 words, and its phrasing is strikingly similar to the 14 words of the neo-Nazi movement’s semi-official slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Just a coincidence? Probably. But the DHS release also contained another odd passage where, instead of using percentages or presenting statistics as a proportion of 10 or 100, as is routine, specific numbers were used: “On average, out of 88 [asylum] claims that pass the credible fear screening, fewer than 13 will ultimately result in a grant of asylum.”

The number 88 has a special significance to neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, as does the number 14. At Law and Crime, Colin Kalmbacher explains: “The ’14 words’ are frequently used in conjunction with the number 88 because ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet and therefore 88 becomes ‘HH’ which stands for ‘Heil Hitler.'” Kalmbacher observes that in addition to its 14-word headline, the DHS release also contains “14 distinct sets of claims; 13 of which are bullet-pointed–one of which is not.”


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