Donald Trump is always in a feud with the Democrats, but in the last month he’s been particularly focused on four new congresswomen: Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Things began to get especially out of hand after Trump tweeted they should “go back to their countries,” implying the legally elected United States representatives somehow didn’t belong here. Trump was officially called a racist by Congress, which he took offense to.

Then he led a campaign rally in a chant of “send her back,” referencing Rep. Omar.

Trump’s obviously a racist, but how far is he willing to go to pander even further to his racist fans? Pretty far.

Some people are saying that Trump flashed a hand signal associated with white supremacists while discussing AOC during a speech on Tuesday. The moment was captured by journalist Aaron Rupar:

People are suggesting that Trump is merely holding his hand up like that to indicate the hand gesture that is generally known to mean “Okay.” Maybe because “A-Ok” sounds vaguely like “AOC,” and he has a brain full of worms? Hard to say.

The gesture as a symbol of white supremacy is hotly debated. Some say it was a prank started on 4chan in the last few years, and wasn’t historically associated with white power creeps.

But if someone is using it to mean “white power,” does it matter how it started?

It’s also been something that’s happened a lot with this administration:

It’s very understandable why this trend would be upsetting, and Trump is certainly king troll of trolls. But there are also so many explicitly and open racist things he’s willing to do, it’s hard to imagine him feeling the need to disguise it or do anything as subtle as a two-second hand gesture. We’ll see if this becomes a trend at his rallies or if he sticks to threatening journalists and inciting violence.

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*First Published: July 24, 2019, 8:50 am