Video of Trump rally appears to show attendee making hand gesture commonly used by white supremacists




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  • 2020-10-24 17:09:21Z
  • By USA TODAY
Video of Trump rally appears to show attendee making hand gesture commonly used by white supremacists
Video of Trump rally appears to show attendee making hand gesture commonly used by white supremacists  

Video of President Donald Trump's rally in Florida on Friday appears to show a man standing in the crowd behind the president making a repeated hand gesture commonly used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.

About six minutes into Trump's speech at The Villages, a large retirement community in northern Florida, at a quieter moment when the crowd was not cheering, a man in a checkered shirt, sunglasses and a black baseball cap holds up his left hand in an "OK" symbol and appears to look directly forward for 10 seconds.

Less than a minute later, as the president was speaking and the crowd remained quiet, the man makes the gesture again for about 8 seconds, holding his right hand in the air. The man makes the gesture at least one more time.

A feed of the speech by C-SPAN provides a clear view of the incident. Watch a clip of the video below:

The "OK" hand gesture is included in the Anti-Defamation League's database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.

The gesture is an "obvious and ancient gesture that has arisen in many cultures over the years with different meanings," according to the Anti-Defamation League. However, it took on "new and different significance" in 2017. That's when the symbol began its circulation as a hoax by members of the website 4chan as a popular trolling tactic, saying the hand gesture formed a "W" and "P" for "white power."

By 2019, the hand gesture started being used "in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy," the group says. In September of that year, the Anti-Defamation League added the gesture to its database of hate symbols.

The man responsible for the New Zealand massacre, where 51 people were killed at two Christchurch mosques in March, flashed an upside down "OK" symbol when he appeared in court, Al Jazeera reported.

In October of last year, Universal Orlando Resort fired an actor who formed an upside-down "OK" symbol with his fingers on the shoulder of a biracial 6-year-old girl, who posed for a photo with the an actor dressed as the movie character Gru from "Despicable Me." The man seen in the video could not immediately be identified or reached for comment.

The Trump campaign and the Anti-Defamation League did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump rally: Video shows man making far-right 'OK' hand gesture

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