You may have seen a picture of a Donald Trump supporter throwing up a Nazi salute. Some misinformation has been going around the ‘Net claiming the woman was a Bernie supporter and false flag:
The "Trump Nazi" is Portia Boulger, who runs the Women for Bernie Sanders Twitter account. It's another media plant. pic.twitter.com/m1CkwWgwud
— Supreme Dark Lord (@voxday) March 12, 2016
But this is wrong.
— Pepper (@WineAndLiberty) March 12, 2016
The caption for the original photo reads: “Donald Trump supporter Birgitt Peterson, center, of Yorkville, argues with protesters March 11, 2016, outside the UIC Pavilion after the rally for the Republican presidential candidate was canceled.”
And we see from this article that the woman in question has been an anti-tax activist.
For Peterson, 54, local politics have been a way of life since he moved to Yorkville in 1976. Early on, he and his wife, Birgitt, complained about an airport and gravel pits proposed nearby. Then, Birgitt Peterson started the Yorkville TEA Party, or Taxpayers’ Education Association, to push for a tax cap.
Now: this article is from 2000, meaning the “TEA party” she founded is not the same “TEA party” that sprang up shortly after Obama’s election in 2008. But a leftist activist does not typically start a “TEA party” seeking a tax cap.
I think Trumpers are going to have to face up to the fact that this woman is just another Neo-Nazi. She’s one of many.
UPDATE: The New York Times has an article in which the woman says she was mocking people who compared Trumpers to Nazis. But the article also quotes an onlooker who disputes her story, quoting her instead as saying this is what “we” did back in the day.
I’ll give this lady the benefit of the doubt. Trump has enough definite Neo-Nazis supporting him. We needn’t conclude this lady is too, just to say there is a problem.