Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin whipped up a social media firestorm on Friday after a tweet praising President Donald Trump included a phrase associated with the Neo-Nazi movement.
“Trump Gives Speech to the People of Poland, Says 14 Words That Leave Americans Stunned,” Palin wrote, with a link to a story about the president’s recent address in Warsaw. The article itself makes no mention of 14 words used by Trump.
Trump Gives Speech to the People of Poland, Says 14 Words That Leave Americans Stunned https://t.co/8iKHEQemn9
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) July 7, 2017
But several Twitter users noted that “14 Words” is a phrase frequently employed by neo-Nazis:
“14 Words”= most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: “We must secure the existence of our people & a future 4 white children.” https://t.co/0hUsMEdaSd
— Nancy Goldstein (@nancygoldstein) July 7, 2017
—Too ignorant to know “14 Words” is an extremely prominent white supremacist slogan
—Knowlingly tweeted white supremacist slogan https://t.co/g7IWkoCxIr
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) July 7, 2017
So we’re not even hiding it at this point, are we? There is no 14-word sentence or phrase in the linked transcript. pic.twitter.com/QXS4rsV3rH
— Mallory (@MdotClure) July 7, 2017
The conservative commentator’s tweet also ignited a mix of anger and mockery:
Boy, @SarahPalinUSA, self-proclaimed Nazis are really loving your white supremacist tweet. You must be so proud.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) July 7, 2017
Please delete your account and remove yourself from all public speaking or policy work. You are a horrible person.
— I am Dave (@mrblaq) July 7, 2017
Very clever Sarah. Totally slipped that one by us Sarah. Nobody will notice Sarah. WINK WINK.
oh by the way you still have your hood on
— Gray (@gray) July 7, 2017
The White Supremacist dog whistles are impossible to ignore at this point. Classy move, Caribou Barbie.
— Jesse Roberts (@schleprock) July 7, 2017
ummm what “14 words” are you referencing gov? pic.twitter.com/VuVTL4Syzu
— Paige (@yabaige) July 7, 2017
Lol I see Sarah Palin accidentally used the airhorn instead of the dog-whistle
— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) July 7, 2017
Did Palin really just go full white supremacist?
— Eric Strong (@DrEricStrong) July 7, 2017
I’m sure you’re itching to wear your freshly pressed white hood. Shame you couldn’t find a way to fit 88 in here as well, you racist.
— diane alston (@dianelyssa) July 7, 2017
Looking forward to Sarah Palin’s 88 tattoo.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 7, 2017
You’re sooooo desperate for attention.
— Stephanie Hirsch (@evagreen75) July 7, 2017
So, you’re like full Nazi too now Sarah?
— Sleithreethra (@Sleithreethra) July 7, 2017
Fourteen Words, Sarah?
Literal White Supremacy, Sarah? Come on.
This can’t be good for your brand
— Ian Rickert (@IanRickert) July 7, 2017
The hell is wrong with you?
— Sarah (@Plasticdoe) July 7, 2017
is ur skype handle WhiteGenocide1488
— Wide Light (@WideLightImages) July 7, 2017
This was either poorly worded or just stupid. Or both.
— Ian Bowers (@iggdawg) July 7, 2017
But others doubted that Palin intentionally tweeted out a racist message.
Sarah Palin clearly was not trying to dogwhistle about the 14 words, you idiots, you fucking morons
— Wowkieleaks (@Wokieleaksalt) July 7, 2017
Oh, absolutely. I'm just saying I think it's most likely that Palin has no clue what "14 words" means, or even knows 14 words.
— Billy Kelley (@bk4uk) July 7, 2017
I don't think the Palin '14 Words' tweet is racist, mainly because I doubt she's smart enough to use coded messaging.
— Chris Berg (@ChrisBerg25) July 7, 2017
I don't think palin is smart enough to know the 14 words
— Bill (@bill_of_lefts) July 7, 2017
Conservative author Ann Coulter similarly raised some eyebrows earlier this year when she tweeted out the message “14!” Several neo-Nazi affiliated accounts took the message a sign of support, but Coulter later said the tweet was a reference to the days left in Barack Obama’s presidency.