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Trump Jr. and top supporter share White nationalist image on social media

Screenshot via @RogerJStoneJr

Roger Stone, a Donald Trump ally, and Donald Trump Jr. have shared a White Nationalist symbol on Twitter. 

The two were responding to Hillary Clinton’s recent controversial comment about half of Trump’s supporters falling into a “basket of deplorables.”

{mosads}”I am so proud to be one of the Deplorables,” Stone tweeted, along with a PhotoShopped image swapping out characters from the 2010 movie “The Expendables” poster with the heads of Trump and nine of his family members and allies. 

The image includes photos of Stone, Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Eric Trump, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Donald Trump Jr., Infowars’s Alex Jones, conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos and a frog meme associated with the alt-right movement — all under a large heading that reads “The Deplorables.”  

The frog, called Pepe, is a white supremacist meme, the Southern Poverty Law Center told NBC News. 

“It’s constantly used in those circles,” said SPLC’s Heidi Beirich.

“The white nationalists are gonna love this because they’re gonna feel like, ‘Yeah we’re in there with Trump, there’s Pepe the Frog.'”

Donald Trump Jr. shared the same image on his Instagram account. 

“Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables. All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported [Donald Trump] and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington,” Trump Jr. wrote.

Clinton, at a fundraiser Friday, said half of Trump’s supporters could fall into what she calls the “basket of deplorables.” 

“The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And, unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

Clinton’s campaign has defended the Democratic presidential nominee’s remarks. Spokesman Nick Merrill said Clinton has made no secret of how she views the radical conservative movement known as the alt-right has backed Trump.

“She gave an entire speech about how the alt right movement is using his campaign to advance its hate movement,” Merrill tweeted. 

Clinton walked back part of her comment on Saturday afternoon, saying she regretted targeting “half” of Trump’s supporters, but she stood by her characterization that much of his campaign is “deplorable.”

Her comment had already sparked a massive response on social media, including a trending #BasketOfDeplorables hashtag. The response included tweets from some Trump supporters who, like Stone, embraced the label. 

Updated 5:19 p.m. Sunday.

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