Donald Trump Jr. has no idea what Pepe the Frog is, the eldest son of the Republican presidential nominee remarked Friday, as he also defended himself after some accused him of referring to the Holocaust using the term “gas chamber” in a radio interview earlier this week.
Rejecting that he was making a Holocaust reference, Trump Jr. faced more questions on ABC’s “Good Morning America” from George Stephanopoulos, who asked him about an Instagram post he shared last weekend featuring a Trump version of Pepe.
In that photo, Trump Jr. is among the faces superimposed on the bodies of characters from “The Expendables” as “The Deplorables,” a reference to Hillary Clinton’s comment about half of Trump supporters.
Calling the frog meme a “well-known symbol of the white supremacist movement,” Stephanopoulos referred to the company of others in the photo who have propagated various conspiracy theories.
“I’ve never even heard of Pepe the Frog. I mean, bet you 90 percent of your viewers have never heard of Pepe the Frog,” Trump Jr. told Stephanopoulos, adding, “I thought it was a frog in a wig. I thought it was funny. I had no idea there was any connotation there.”
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