Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted some coaching criticism to the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough thinks this may have been a secret signal to white nationalists.
The president tweeted:
Watching the Dodgers/Red Sox final innings. It is amazing how a manager takes out a pitcher who is loose & dominating through almost 7 innings, Rich Hill of Dodgers, and brings in nervous reliever(s) who get shellacked. 4 run lead gone. Managers do it all the time, big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2018
Baseball tweets weren’t the only dog whistle signal that the president sent to white supremacists. Scarborough also claimed his self-deprecating jokes about his hair were part of the secret messaging to white supremacists.
At the beginning of his rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, Trump joked that he almost canceled his rally after a rain shower caused him to have a bad hair day. Because this event was the evening after the Pittsburgh shooting, some believed it was insensitive.
Because the tweet and the joke both came shortly after the shooting, Scarborough believed there was a much larger message.
During a conversation with co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough explained his fear of a hidden white supremacist messaging from the president.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC says that Trump is "sending a message to white nationalists" by "tweeting about baseball or talking about his bad hair day."
No, I'm not kidding, he actually said that. pic.twitter.com/ijCuP2eV8b
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) October 30, 2018
“Is this the America they want to live in because right now the only Constitutional check against this sort of abhorrent behavior … Again a guy really … A guy who was sending a message by time and time again tweeting about baseball or talking about his bad hair day [on the day of the Pittsburg synagogue shooting], that was done intentionally to send a message to white nationalists.”
Several people saw this comparison to be bonkers, taking to Twitter to call Scarborough out for his hot take.
How stone stupid is this https://t.co/9FAYOexvGx
— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) October 31, 2018
Another PRIME example of the (DEM) MEDIA attempting to further DIVIDE the country.
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) October 30, 2018
While many people may find Scarborough’s stretch from baseball tweets to white nationalism to be a step too far, Scarborough is not alone in believing that Trump was trying to appease white supremacists in the wake of the anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh.
Several media outlets, including the Washington Post, tied Trump to the anti-Semitic attack, claiming he “set the tone” for the attack to occur, even though the president condemned the attack and stated that he believes the death penalty is the proper punishment for the gunman.
Either way, it doesn’t look as though President Trump could say anything that would be able to convince Scarborough that his condemnation was sincere.