Former FBI Asst Director Says Trump’s Half Mast Flag Date is Neo-Nazi Dog Whistle

Frank Figliuzzi was the FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence who served under former President Obama from 2011 to 2012. These days, he makes the rounds as a guest ‘expert’ on partisan shows that air on cable news networks, appears on NPR, and even wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times. With every appearance lately, it seems, his rhetoric towards President Trump gets more and more extreme.

On Tuesday, he appeared on the NPR radio show, ‘On Point’, and said that based on his “experience with international terrorism” that “even the president’s rhetoric moves people” after discussing how radical Imam clerics did the same.


Later that day he appeared on MSNBC on a show hosted by Brian Williams and suggested that the president choosing to raise the flag back up after having it at half-mast following the mass shootings is a dog whistle to white supremacy and neo-nazis. This was based on the date chosen to have the flag be raised.

Figliuzzi stated in the video below:

The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8, that’s 8/8. Now I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8/8 are very significant in the neo-Nazi and the white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 8/8 stand for ‘Heil Hitler. So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8.


Many in the comment section on Figliuzzi’s Twitter suggested that the president’s senior advisor, Stephen Miller, is behind this.


It seems Figliuzzi is the one who is peddling conspiracy theories and stirring up division, and one may wonder if folks like the Dayton shooter are actually radicalized by people who peddle in false narratives like Figliuzzi, who spend their lives now focusing on the president and doing everything they can to stop him.

It’s also ironic considering that Stephen Miller himself is actually of Jewish descent.