In response to an Instagram post made by Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren, self-described “anti-racism strategist” Tariq Nasheed warned his followers that Lahren was secretly honoring Adolf Hitler.
Lahren had posted a picture of herself honoring former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, whom the team released April 13. She posed with his signature hand gesture with his jersey number 88.
“America’s team released a true Cowboy today. Much love @dezbryant #88forLife #dezbryant #x #cowboysnation #dallas,” she wrote.@tomilahren/Instagram
According to Nasheed, the picture had a hidden sinister message. Since Hilter’s birthday is on April 20, Nasheed accused Lahren of honoring Hilter with the numbers 88 since it is used by neo-Nazis:
Tomorrow is April 20th-which is a significant day for white supremacists because it’s Hitler’s birthday. Racists usually send racially coded messages to each other as a way to commemorate Hitler. One way is to use the number 88 which is a code for “Heil Hitler” #TheMoreYouKnow pic.twitter.com/zAsd8PdGTU
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) April 19, 2018
Nasheed was promptly called out by Twitter users:
You are making an outright pathetic fool of yourself Tariq. This kinda stuff makes anything good you do, completely irrelevant. #GoogleEducation
— Ryan (@RK_Craig) April 20, 2018
Or…..maybe she is paying respect to Dez Bryant pic.twitter.com/ONLnRNkBCL
— Louis Bolkovic (@Lou_Bolkovic15) April 19, 2018
This is a reach if I’ve ever seen one. I feel sorry for you
— gscool89 (@gscool89) April 19, 2018
The picture was also posted last week, not the day before April 20.