The #NaziBucketChallenge was trending on Twitter Friday as users encouraged others to publicly state their belief that President Trump is a “Nazi” and a “white supremacist.”
The term “bucket challenge” brings to mind the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) campaign, in which participants dumped ice water on their heads in order to raise money for research of the disorder.
Today’s Nazi Bucket Challenge, on the other hand, is a “game” on Twitter in which people state their backgrounds and then call out President Donald Trump as a white supremacist.
People use the hashtag #NaziBucketChallenge to describe themselves, such as a woman who goes by the Twitter handle ”Faceless Old Woman” and states, “I’m a librarian, have a BA in history (emphasis on Nazi Germany), and Trump is a white supremacist.
The woman later deleted her tweet, after being called out for her “stupidity” in comparing President Trump to Nazis who murdered millions.
The hashtag emerged days after ESPN host Jemele Hill called President Trump a “white supremacist.”
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists,” Hill wrote Tuesday. “[I]f he were not white, he never would have been elected.”
She didn’t apologize but chose to “address the elephant in the room,” saying she was sorry for the way her racist comments “painted” ESPN.
“My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs,” Hill wrote. “My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”
The White House called for ESPN to fire Hill. “That’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Yes, I deleted my original tweet, but I am still of that opinion.
— Faceless Old Woman (@ladatheimpaler) September 15, 2017
However, ESPN refused to cut ties with the host. “Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN,” the network said. “She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”
On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that ESPN was taking a very big risk for not firing Hill due to the tweet and claimed that the network was quickly losing viewers because of the decision.
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Trump supporters are fighting the haters by playing their own game:
Trump was never racist til he ran for POTUS.
Now he's a Nazi bc he beat the lady who called black ppl Super Predators#NaziBucketChallenge
— Josh (@JoshNoneYaBiz) September 15, 2017
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