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On Thursday (Dec. 28), The Daily Mail published an article accusing White House intern Jack Breuer of making a white power hand sign in a group photo. After the accusation started springing up online, Breuer was quick to defend himself, telling The Daily Caller, "In some of the our intern pictures, I emulated the okay sign the President sometimes makes. That was foolish. I should have listened more closely to the Command-in-Chief and given the thumbs up."
Donald Trump has been known to use the hand sign often during his speeches, and the "alt-right" movement has been known to adopt the okay symbol, frequently using the corresponding emoji, but as the ADL points out, it's not actually a hate symbol. While some have suggested that the symbol makes up a "W" and a "P" for white power, ADL says that the 'okay gesture as a hate symbol concept' is nothing more than a hoax originating from online cesspool 4chan.
Explaining that he would never associate himself with white power gestures, Breuer added, "I'm proud of my Jewish heritage and strongly reject the hateful views associated with racist white power organizations. I would never make common cause with them." Breuer served as an intern during the fall, which is when the photos were originally published. He graduated from Emory University, and following the accusations thrown at him, he's received tweets declaring him a Nazi.
Breuer echoed his statements regarding the situation on his newly created Twitter account yesterday (Dec. 29). It's also worth pointing out that Breuer follows Lil Uzi Vert on Twitter, which is pretty funny.
I’m proud of my Jewish heritage and strongly reject the hateful views associated with racist white power organizations. I would never make common cause with them. (2/2)— Jack Breuer (@jjbreue) December 29, 2017