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Journalists Make Shocking Gesture In White House (Photo)

| by Sean Kelly

Two right-wing journalists landed in hot water after they were pictured making a gesture in the White House briefing room that many have interpreted as connected to white supremacism.

Freelance reporter Mike Cernovich and Sputnik reporter Cassandra Fairbanks posed behind the podium in the White House briefing room, making a gesture many interpret to mean "white power."

"Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House," Fusion reporter Emma Roller tweeted alongside a screenshot of the photo.

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Fairbanks denied the symbol had anything to do with white supremacism, pointing to her partial Puerto Rican ancestry. According to her supporters, the symbol is often used by people to say that everything is "OK," Independent reported.

The Anti-Defamation League characterizes the symbol as "racist."

"Some white supremacists, particularly in California, may use a two-handed hand sign in which one hand forms the letter ‘W’ and the other hand forms the letter ‘P,’ to represent WP or ‘White Power,'" the league's hate symbol database reads.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump spent the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner -- which he decided to skip -- holding a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate his first 100 days as president. 

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"They're trapped at the dinner," Trump said at the rally, The Washington Post reported. "Which will be very, very boring."

Trump chose to skip the dinner, which largely directed its tradition of roasting towards him, and instead took aim at the media during his rally. 

"A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now," he said. At the dinner, several speakers referenced Trump's frequent use of the term "fake news." Trump made a similar reference, though he called major networks like CNN and MSNBC "fake."

Many readers criticized Trump for skipping the dinner instead of taking the jokes and insults like his predecessors did.

"All Trump accomplished was to make it clear that he is a chicken," one Washington Post reader commented. "Like most bullies, he can dish out the insults but is scared to death of getting ribbed. [Former President Barack] Obama had the courage and confidence to go to the dinner every year and make fun of himself and be the brunt of jokes. Obama was a class act. Trump is nothing but a fraidy cat. How pathetic."

"Don the Con has no sense of humor and is thin-skinned (no news here)," said another. "He would have been a drag on the evening if he did attend." 

Sources: Independent, The Washington Post / Photo credit: AgnosticPreachersKid/Wikimedia Commons, Emma Roller/Twitter via Independent

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