Staff members at Donald Trump’s North Carolina political rally Friday night told audience members to drop the 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 hands pointing toward the sky in a gesture eerily suggestive of the stiff-armed “heil Hitler” salute in honor of the late Nazi leader.
Hillary Clinton criticized the Ohio rally on Friday. comparing it to previous Nazi rallies in Germany and Trump to Hitler.
“You saw the rally in Ohio the other night: Trump is there yelling and screaming for over an hour, and you have these lines of young men with their hands up,” he said at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
The comparisons may also have been troubling to organizers of the Trump rally in North Carolina, because a man in the crowd in Wilmington told NPR’s Lisa Desjardins that a rally official told him to put his hand down when he raised the one-handed salute. finger.
Other staff members were seen telling others in the crowd the same thing, according to Desjardins. “Clearly,” “they were instructed to watch for this kind of gesture and to close it“, he wrote on Twitter.
Those who attended the rally said the pointer gesture represented the QAnon WWG1WGA sign, or: “Where we go one we all go.”
But there were plenty of other conservative signifiers, like Trump singing “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 often used by QAnon disciples.
In addition, Trump closed his lengthy speech on instrumental music linked to the QAnon movement similar to what was played during a portion of his speech in Ohio, the Raleigh News & Observer noted.
Trump promoted local candidates he has supported, and took the opportunity to downplay investigations into his political and business practices.
He repeatedly attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James, oddly referring to her as “Peekaboo” several times and calling her “disgusting,” “racist” and “rabid maniac” for investigating his business. A lawsuit (which Trump referred to as “impoverished”) filed by her office earlier this week accuses Trump and his three oldest children of grossly misrepresenting the value of their assets to get loans and favorable insurance payments and lower taxes.