I’m stealing Amanda Marcotte’s phrase ‘Nazi Peekaboo‘ because it describes what Democratic primary candidate and anti-vaccinationist crank RFK Jr. did last Friday. His account tweeted a complaint about not receiving Secret Service protection, and phrased it like so (boldface mine):
Typical turnaround time for pro forma protection requests from presidential candidates is 14-days. After 88-days of no response and after several follow-ups by our campaign, the Biden Administration just denied our request. Secretary Mayorkas: “I have determined that Secret Service protection for Robert F Kennedy Jr is not warranted at this time.”
Our campaign’s request included a 67-page report from the world’s leading protection firm, detailing unique and well established security and safety risks aside from commonplace death threats.
For those who don’t follow the ambulatory shitstains on the right 1488 is a popular white supremacist tag (the 14 stands for the “Fourteen Words” and 88 stands for “Heil Hitler,” as “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet. The reason it’s Nazi Peekaboo is because most normies won’t recognize this, only fascists and anti-fascists, so it gives Kennedy plausible deniability. Yes, most people would use “two weeks” and “nearly three months” instead, but he was just being factually accurate.
It’s telling that his campaign not only attracts anti-vaccine cranks, but is now dogwhistling to Nazis. And Democrats need to call him out on this (and this one is easy to do, professional Democrats!).
Update: It turns out the letter was written only 57 days after no response, so, yeah, it’s Nazis all the way down.