Fox News’ Laura Ingraham posted a photo of a man in a “Deplorables” shirt that features the Nazi “Iron Cross” and “Das German” skull in an unearthed tweet from 2017.
Ingraham’s post appears to have been taken at a book signing event at a Barnes & Noble store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 13, 2017.
“Thanks, Myrtle Beach!” the Fox News host wrote in the post, which was still online as of press time.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 13, 2017
The photo features a man wearing a shirt that reads “Deplorables” — a reference to Hillary Clinton’s infamous comment about Trump supporters being a “basket of deplorables” — and “Made in the USA.”
Between the otherwise-innocuous slogans, however, are an Iron Cross and a skull wearing a spiked helmet — both lesser-known Nazi symbols.
very cool that Fox’s Laura Ingraham posted a guy wearing a Trump-themed shirt featuring a Nazi “Iron Cross” and “Das German” skull helmet. pic.twitter.com/KUOzkhjpfV
— noor (@nooralsibai) March 6, 2019
As the Anti-Defamation League explains, the Iron Cross was once used as a Nazi military medal and often had a swastika superimposed on top of it. After World War II, neo-Nazis and white supremacists began using it without the swastika — though it remains an identifying symbol to hate groups and those in the know.
Lesser-known even than the Iron Cross is the skull seen on the man’s “Deplorables” shirt.
The spiked helmet, known as the Pickelhaube, was a staple of German military headgear that appears to have made its way into Nazi symbolism — likely via a symbiosis of the helmet and the Nazi skull and crossbones symbol called the Totenkopf (German for “death’s head”).
Raw Story has reached out to Fox News and Ingraham for comment about the post.