A White House intern who was accused of making a white power hand sign in a group photo with other interns said Friday he was only emulating President Trump’s frequent use of the “OK” sign.
The intern, Jack Breuer, told The Daily Caller that he was Jewish and would never make a white power sign.
“In some of our intern pictures, I emulated the OK sign the President sometimes makes. That was foolish. I should have listened more closely to the Commander-in-Chief and given the thumbs up,” Breuer said in his statement.
“I’m proud of my Jewish heritage and strongly reject the hateful views associated with racist white power organizations. I would never make common cause with
hem,” he added.
Breuer, who interned in the White House in the fall, was first accused of making the white power sign by the Daily Mail, which quoted other unnamed interns saying he had made the offensive sign.
After the UK-based news outfit posted its story online, Twitter lit up with scores of people attacking the Emory University grad, calling him a Nazi and declaring that his current employer should fire him.
White nationalists have used the same gesture because the OK sign supposedly resembles the letters W and P.
But Trump frequently makes the same sign with a raised right hand when speaking publicly.