As his father was doubling down on his threat to destroy Iranian religious and cultural sites Donald Trump Jr. was proudly posting photos of his assault rifle featuring a symbol of a Christian religious war against Islam reportedly now used by white supremacists, according to a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, and the Chair of a specialist group on political violence and terrorism. It also has the word "Crusader" emblazoned on it.
The rifle also bears an image apparently of Hillary Clinton, the president's former political opponent, behind bars.
There are three photos, which were posted to Instragram Sunday. Here are two:
Douglas Blackmon, a former Wall Street Journal senior national correspondent and bureau chief describes what's now on Trump Jr.'s weapon as the Crusaders' Cross.
So on the day @realDonaldTrump is threatening to blow up the Middle East, his son posts pictures of himself with a… https://t.co/JIV6aUlzxh— Douglas A. Blackmon (@Douglas A. Blackmon)1578286878.0
Let me just repeat that back: the son of @realDonaldTrump has posted images of himself with a weapon bearing a wid… https://t.co/pLyOTDgIcC— Douglas A. Blackmon (@Douglas A. Blackmon)1578286980.0
....which also happens to have been a major symbol of the medieval crusades/wars between Christian Europe and the I… https://t.co/obq6yV3IBx— Douglas A. Blackmon (@Douglas A. Blackmon)1578287161.0
Blackmon's post was retweeted by Benjamin H. Friedman, an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Others on social media confirmed the image and its history, including Akil N Awan, a co-director of the Conflict, Violence and Terrorism Research Centre at the University of London.
Don Jr posted photos of himself brandishing a modified assault rifle with CRUSADER etched on it, lower receiver mod… https://t.co/2yMuU04vHD— Akil N Awan (@Akil N Awan)1578312385.0
Noted journalist Soledad O'Brien posted out the silence from the GOP.
[Absolute silence from GOP leadership, and from business leaders.] https://t.co/1IsJzxkF2p— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1578313610.0
University College London Political scientist Brian Klass:
In today’s totally normal news for a democracy, the president’s son—who a significant percentage of Republicans fav… https://t.co/5C123wCdwF— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1578309021.0
Two more journalists: