Inside The Alt-Right's Campaign To Smear Trump Protesters As Anarchists - 2017-01-11
Less than a week after the 2016 presidential election, a Trump supporter named Alan Beck tweeted two photographs of an anti-Trump protest in Washington, DC, in which a hooded figure held aloft a sign reading "Rape Melania." The images went viral, and the sign — as well as Twitter — drew swift condemnation from news outlets both right and left.
Some Trump supporters took the sign as confirmation that the passionate national opposition to the president-elect was ultimately anarchic and violent. (Many of these supporters had drawn a similar conclusion about the Black Lives Matter movement.) "The current surge in the left's propensity toward violence and mayhem should surprise no one," wrote one InfoWars commenter. And to some Clinton supporters, the sign was a gutting refutation of Michelle Obama's "when they go low, we go high" speech and a reminder that Trump rallies didn't hold a monopoly on menace.
But, BuzzFeed News has learned, the "Rape Melania" sign was not the work of an anti-Trump protester at all. Instead, according to sources, it was the brainchild of a group of Trump supporters led by Jack Posobiec, one of the organizers of the controversial DeploraBall inauguration party and a prominent figure in the pro-Trump internet.