(Breitbart) – Appearing Monday on MSNBC’s The 11th Hour, NBC News national security contributor Frank Figliuzzi told host Brian Williams that President Donald Trump was at least inadvertently sending a secret message to the “white supremacist movement” by ordering U.S. flags flown at half-mast due to the deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, to be re-raised on August 8th.
A partial transcript is as follows:
Frank, what were the signs and how do we know how to navigate [white supremacist terrorism] tomorrow and the next day? This starts becoming the definition of terrorism when people develop anxiety about what should be free-flowing public places.
Exactly right. The definition of terrorism is conduct designed to co-intimidate the civilian population, and if we don’t take action quickly, then that will continue to play out. I have a piece out just tonight in the New York Times on what, sadly, I think is going to happen next if we don’t disrupt the chain of radicalization.
What were the warning signs for me, Brian, ironically, they weren’t from my experience in domestic terrorism, but rather they were from my experience in international terrorism and radicalization to Islamic jihad. You see the same things happening now in white hate groups and white supremacy groups where not only is the Internet facilitating the speed of radicalization but our leader, our chief executive is seen as almost a mentor and a radicalizer and unfortunately, today, we did not hear what we needed to hear from that person that these extremists and unstable people look to.
He spoke in the passive voice, in the collective voice. We didn’t hear first-person from him. We didn’t hear “I condemn” white hate ideology. We heard “the nation” must condemn it. Well, the nation does condemn it, but we didn`t hear what we needed to hear, so what happens is the extremists interpreted what the president read off a script today as something he needed to say, something he didn’t really want to say. So, the president is either getting really good advice and rejecting it or is getting really bad advice. And I’ll give you an example of that. We have to understand the adversary and the threat we’re dealing with. And if we don’t understand how they think, we’ll never understand how to encounter them. So it’s little things and language and messaging that matters. The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th. That`s 8/8. Now, I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that`s being demonstrated by the White House.
The numbers 88 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacist movement. Why? Because the letter H is the eighth letter of the alphabet and to them, the numbers 88 together stand for “Heil Hitler.” So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8. No one is thinking about this. No one is giving him advice or he’s rejecting the advice. So, understand your adversary to counter the adversary.
Flashback: Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe: Donald Trump Has ‘Physical And Behavioral Resemblances’ To Hitler
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe tweeted on Monday that while he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump is “becoming” Adolf Hitler, he does believe that the two men have relevant “physical and behavioral resemblances.”
“Horrifying. I’m not saying Trump is becoming Hitler, so don’t bother tweeting the distinctions. But the physical and behavioral resemblances aren’t altogether irrelevant,” tweeted the Harvard professor, “No prior president even suggests the comparison.”
Professor Tribe’s tweet had been in response to another user, @wvjoe911, who tweeted an image displaying the president and Hitler side-by-side, attempting to compare the two by showing them making similar hand gestures, as well as a quote by French philosopher Voltaire, which read, “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
The professor has since deleted his tweet.
Tribe, however, is no stranger to far-left rhetoric. In 2018, the professor told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that “if you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill,” referring to impeaching the president over the allegations made during the Russia conspiracy hoax, which had been promoted by an uncritical mainstream press.
“If Donald Trump uses the powers of the United States government to cover-up his own criminality or to cover-up the way in which he cooperated with Moscow in order to win the presidency, that may or may not qualify as an ordinary federal crime, but it’s certainly an impeachable offense,” added Tribe, promulgating the wild conspiracy theory.
While the professor does not appear to have apologized for his part in advancing the hoax’s narrative, he did, however, later apologize for likening the president’s impeachment to shooting him.
“In an otherwise good interview I made a terrible word choice, saying an impeachment ‘bullet’ can only be ‘shot once’ so one must ‘shoot to kill,’” tweeted the professor after his CNN interview, “I wasn’t speaking literally, but as one who works hard to reduce gun violence this was just inexcusable. I’m very sorry.”
In an otherwise good interview I made a terrible word choice, saying an impeachment “bullet” can only be “shot once” so one must “shoot to kill.” I wasn’t speaking literally, but as one who works hard to reduce gun violence this was just inexcusable. I’m very sorry. https://t.co/CIB0NtWiW7
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 22, 2018
Professor Tribe has also taught a course at Harvard, entitled, “Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory,” which focused on Trump’s impeachment, seeking to examine “how we might expect the Constitution to constrain Trump’s execution of his powers and duties, and what #impeachment and removal by other means might resemble in the Trump era.”