The bromance between President-elect Donald Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has just reached new repulsing levels.
Thanks to Trump, white nationalists feel as thought they now have power to express their racism and are also pledging their support for Russia, following in Trump’s footsteps. Even though many of America’s racist Trump supporters consider Putin a status symbol and hero of the white race, it was shocking to see the Russian government actually return that support earlier this morning.
While Trump was busy throwing a hissy fit over Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump Golden Globes speech, Russia was busy sharing memes that have been heavily favored by white nationalists. The U.K.’s Russian embassy criticized British media for calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to step between Trump and Putin – and used an image of Pepe the Frog:
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) January 9, 2017
Pepe the Frog, which most of you will probably recognize, is a comic strip character (from Matt Furie’s Boy’s Club) that racist trolls took over and made their neo-Nazi symbol for white nationalism. It was so heavily used that it is now considered a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League – and now Russia is using it on Twitter.
As soon as Russia tweeted this out, Twitter users were horrified and jumped to condemn the ill-advised tweet. And as one user called it “a new low for humankind”, Trump’s influence over the world continues to paint a grim picture of the future:
Unfortunately, some of Trump’s most racist supporters were absolutely tickled pink by the meme. Here’s what they had to say:
Considering just how much Trump loves Putin and Twitter, we wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to join in. “A new low for humankind” is an understatement.
Featured image via Anna Sergeeva / Getty Images