A photo of White House advisor Stephen Miller is circulating on social media, and some say it shows him making a white-supremacist hand signal.
Independent Journal Review reports that the image shows Miller fixing his tie before appearing on "Face the Nation."
In the image, Miller can be seen prepping himself on camera. His right hand is above his left over his stomach, and his fingers are in a position which could be interpreted as a W and P for "white power."
A writer on liberal forum Daily Kos tried to explain the gesture:
The right hand, on top, is showing just three fingers: “W”.
His left hand curls to make the “P” formation.
WP. White Power. White nationalists know exactly what that sign means.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, this is a common white supremacist hand sign “particularly” used in California. (Stephen Miller is from Santa Monica.)
However, many have pointed out that the W and P in the picture are not fully formed, and not the actual symbols used in white-supremacist gang signs.
Even the Anti-Defamation League’s senior researcher, Mark Pitcavage, commented that the hand gesture is not symbolic of white power:
A photo of White House staffer Stephen Miller has been circulating on social media in which people claim that Miller is surreptitiously sending a 'white power' hand sign to, one presumes, viewers. However, he seems merely to be adjusting his suit and tie, while his hand positioning does not actually resemble the 'WP' hand sign that some California-based white supremacist street gang members use. More importantly, there is no reason why Miller would even know of such an obscure symbol, much less use it, and in any case, Miller is Jewish and would be rejected by white supremacists on that basis. There is simply no credibility to this claim.