Zina Bash White Power Sign Controversy

Zina Bash White Power Sign Controversy

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Zina Bash White Power Sign Controversy refers to an online controversy surrounding a conspiracy theory accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's staff member Zina Bash of making a "white power" hand gesture during his confirmation hearing in early September 2018.


Operation O-KKK

In February 2017, 4chan users launched Operation O-KKK to "flood Twitter and other social media websites" with posts claiming the OK hand symbol was a "symbol of white supremacy," along with a picture of an OK symbol identifying the three up-turned fingers as a symbol for "W" and the thumb-and-forefinger circle as a symbol for "P" (shown below).[1]

File: IMG 2263 ipg (75 KB, 1073x531) O INTRODUCING: OPERATION O.KKK Anonymous (ID: GqQUAU8x )闉 02 27/1 7(Mon)03.32. 18 No.114482325圖▶ 22114482375 >2114482572 22114483103 white 114488197 1144896142114489933 2114490057 114490153 114491182 >>114493296 >>114493406 >>114493456»114493554»114493725 »1144337 We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy. Make fake accounts with basic white girl names and type shit like: OMG that's so truuuuu Use as many emojis as you please. It would also be good for us to associate the OK sign being a symbol of white supremacy because Mel Gibson used it. Use the hashtag "#PowerHandPrivilege" in all of your tweets and whatnot related to this. Bonus points if your profile pic is something related to supporting feminism Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy We must force to dig more, until the rest of society aint going anywhere near that shit

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing

On September 4th, 2018, footage of Bash seated behind Kavanaugh at the hearing began circulating on Twitter, with some accusing her of intentionally making a "white power" gesture with her hand (shown below). In particular, tweets by surgeon Eugene Gu and veteran Keith R. Dumas gathered upwards of 13,400 and 17,300 retweets respectively within 24 hours.[5][6] Additionally, activist Amy Siskind tweeted "Kavanaugh’s assistant Zina Bash giving the white power sign right behind him during the hearing? This alone should be disqualify!"[2] The tweet was subsequently deleted.

Eugene Gu, MD @eugenegu Follow Kavanaugh's former law clerk Zina Bash is flashing a white power sign behind him during his Senate confirmation hearing. They literally want to bring white supremacy to the Supreme Court. What a national outrage and a disgrace to the rule of law. Keith R. Dumas LIVE 009 /044 ) 4.03M Y7178 | 11:20 AM MT Keith R. Dumas @rubin_kd Who is she? What's up with the white power sign? @MSNBC LIVE 4.11M views p▼9.96 112:20 PM CT 0:05 / 0:44 > / S&


That day, many other Twitter users echoed the "white power" symbol accusations (shown below).

Victoria Brownworth @VABVOX Nothing like having someone sending an undisguised #whitepower hand sign out during the #Kava naughHearing while she's sitting right behind the nominee. Oh and that's #ZinaBash, Trump's immigration advisor and #GOP donor. Yes. Immigration. But protestors are the problem. Malcolm Nance @MalcolmNance That "fake" white power symbol may have started as a 4-Chan joke but it's a very very real symbol to the alt-Right. It's been deliberately hijacked to stoke tear and it does just that. Don't justify or Ignore it. reject it. Jane Lytvynenko 222 Janelytv The hand signal everyone's mad about today started out as a troll from fringe Internet forums. Important for reporters to note that context, 4channers will be celebrating any mentions of it in the media. Background: google.ca/amp/s/www.wire... Show this thread

Meanwhile, journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned those spreading the conspiracy theory along with CNN host Brian Stelter (shown below).

Glenn Greenwald@ggreenwald 16h Brian Stelter@brianstelter Hopefully @rubin_kd, @Amy_Siskind, @evagolinger and the other resistance tweeters who spread this "white power symbol" nonsense will take a long hard look in the mirror. Awful. twitter.com/USAttyBash/sta... Brian Stelteianstelter 16h meant to include him too 13 t 133 Glenn Greenwald@gg It's horrifying that they refuse to even reflect on what they're doing or consider reenwald 16h th their smearing of this woman might be unfounded. It's trivial in the scheme of things (except to her and her family) but revealing of much broader and more consequential pathologies. 30 74 ㅇ 586 Eugene Gu, MD@eugenegu 16h Two white guys schooling an Asian dude on what constitutes white supremacy Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald Following Replying to @eugenegu @brianstelter Don't even try that pathetic tactic. Huge numbers of people are disgusted by what you're doing. She's a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors & half-Mexican. And maybe as a gay Jew, I also have a personal stake in who is and isn't an actual Nazi. You don't own this discourse.

That evening, a Moments page was created on Twitter[4] highlighting various reactions to the controversy.

John Bash's Response

That day, Bash's husband posted a series of tweets[3] condemning the "attacks" on his wife, noting that she is "Mexican on her mother's side and Jewish on her father's side" and that she is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors (shown below).

US Attorney John Bash @USAttyBash 18h The attacks today on my wife are repulsive. Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We weren't even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing. 1/3 @USAttyBash 18h Zina is Mexican on her mother's side and Jewish on her fathers side. She was US Attorney John Bash born in Mexico. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people - never have and never would. 2/3 US Attorney John Bash @USAttyBash 18h Some of the Twitter comments have even referred to our baby daughter. I know that there are good folks on both sides of the political divide. I hope that people will clearly condemn this idiotic and sickening accusation. 3/3

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