The now-defunct Facebook page of James Alex Fields Jr., the white nationalist who has been accused of second-degree murder after reportedly ramming his car into demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, was populated by Trump memes, Pepe the Frog and even a cat.More incongruous, at first glance, was the inclusion of Bashar al-Assad, the leader of the Syrian regime in Damascus, with the caption “undefeated.” But Fields’ Facebook post belies a growing admiration among America’s far right for the Syrian president.Read More: U.S. ‘Horrified’ by Brutal Assassination of White Helmets, Shot Dead in Their SleepAssad, who has clung to power over the course of Syria’s six-year war, was pictured wearing aviator sunglasses and wearing full military uniform in the meme, published by Buzzfeed but now removed from Fields’ Facebook page. While the affinity for the Muslim leader may seem unlikely, it has grown in recent months, with the “alt-right” creating images and posts criticizing President Donald Trump over his cruise missile strikes against Assad’s military in April, The Washington Post reported.The white nationalist leader Richard Spencer gave his tacit backing to Assad when, in opposition to Trump’s airstrikes against Assad, he led a protest against anti-fascist demonstrators outside the White House. The… Read full this story
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