With the 2020 election now only around 14 months away, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been kicking their reelection campaign into gear. Yesterday, the President tweeted out a new campaign video which also featured a new logo for him and Vice President Mike Pence.
The red, white and blue logo, which features a lion’s head ringed by stars, was not an original creation. The logo appears to have been lifted from a now deleted tweet from the White Supremacist organization known as VDARE.
Trump posted the video, writing, “Thank you for the support as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” The video features a number of different statistics before closing with the logo and the sound of a a lion roaring.
Thank you for the support as we MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/qKgwRMSgcf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
The similarity between the campaign logo and that of VDARE was uncovered by investigative journalist, Brooke Binkowski. She tweeted out a logo of a deleted VDARE tweet that featured the logo giving credit to Dustin Giebel and and Twitter user @rukhnamalives.
2019 / 2016 pic.twitter.com/0oWGl0U3DE
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) August 29, 2019
VDARE is named for Virginia Dare who is thought to be the first European white child born on the American continent. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists them as a hate group, writing: “Founded in 1999 by anti-immigrant activist and author Peter Brimelow, the Center for American Unity has served to promote the work of white supremacists, anti-Semites and others on the radical right.”
This is not the first time the Trump campaign has been connected to the group. While he accepted the Republican nomination in 2016, a tweet from VDARE was featured on the Twitter ticker at the party’s national convention.
That's right–that's VDARE on the tweet-ticker inside the GOP convention hall in Cleveland. Up next: Ricky Vaughn. pic.twitter.com/VJ4os8r3DF
— Esoteric Jeff (@EsotericCD) July 20, 2016