On Tuesday, PBS NewsHour ran a special about the Tilly family, first-time voters and political activists, that was meant to show how a family who had never been involved with politics became engaged during this election.
But there was one glaring problem: one of the central characters in the story, Grace, had white supremacist tattoos prominently displayed throughout the special.
As Grace phone banks for Donald Trump in the special, a Celtic Cross can clearly be seen on her right hand. The symbol is, according to the Anti-Defamation League, one of the most “commonly used white supremacist symbols.”
“The Celtic Cross is an ancient and revered Christian symbol typically not associated with extremism at all. However, one particular version of the Celtic Cross—a squarish cross with a thick circle intersecting with it (also known as Odin’s Cross), has become one of the most popular white supremacist symbols around. In the past 20 years, its popularity has done little but grow, thanks to its use as the logo by Stormfront, the largest white supremacist website in the world,” said Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the ADL.
On her right hand, Grace bears a tattoo of the number 88, and according to the ADL, “88 is a white supremacist numerical code for ‘Heil Hitler.’”
Check out the broadcast below. The Tilly family’s segment begins at the 18:18 minute mark.