Trump Jr. flouts rifle with Hillary Clinton ‘behind bars’ magazine

This weekend was already fraught with news, the world watching apocalyptic bushfires in Australia and President Donald Trump overseeing the killing of an instrumental leader in the Middle East.

But Donald Trump Jr., far removed from his father’s decisions and their consequences, was busy playing with a new rifle and showing off the magazine—customized with an imprint of Hillary Clinton behind bars. 

He posted the photo on Instagram over the weekend, thanking the designers for “adding a little extra awesome to my AR and that mag.”

trump jr hillary gun Donald Trump Jr/Instagram

The magazine shows a cartoon imprint of Hillary Clinton clutching the bars of a prison cell.

The post generated a lot of “lock her up” and pro-gun comments by people who cheered Trump Jr. on:

“Greatest mag of all time!!!” wrote one user. 

“lock her up n load,” wrote another. 

Spike’s Tactical, which sells firearms and parts, was tagged as one of the designers in the post. On their own page, they advertised the magazine. “Head over to our website and get yours,” they wrote in a post. “They’re going fast.”

On their website, it was available for $20 on Monday morning. 

On Twitter, however, many expressed their disgust with a move this petty, even by Trump Jr.’s standard: 

 

And many considered it an open threat: 

 

Some expressed what we’re all thinking. It’s been three years and the Trumps just can’t seem to get over Clinton:

 

The Clinton imagery is also masking some other concerning features on the gun—namely, the Jerusalem Cross and the word “Crusader” etched on the gun.

The Crusaders/Jerusalem cross is a symbol of Christian dominance around the world and the timing of posing with “crusader” on a rifle concerned many, given fears of escalating tensions with the Middle East following the recent killing of Qassem Soleimani.

It also was adored by Anders Breivik, who used the iconography in advance of a shooting in Norway where he killed 73.

Instagram’s Community Guidelines say the platform doesn’t allow “content that contains credible threats or hate speech, content that targets private individuals to degrade or shame them” but it’s not clear if the platform is taking any action against this post, which has been there for more than 24 hours.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Instagram and will update the report if they respond.

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Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque