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88.

That number may not mean much to us social justice warriors.

But it means a lot to white supremacists.

The letter "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

Two H's together--"HH"--are shorthand for "Heil Hitler."

But that's too obviously racist for most media outlets with strict policies against posting hate speech.

So to slip by censors, neo-Nazis resort to code.

Hence 88.

Many white supremacists have it tattooed on their bodies along with other coded messages.

Ever since Donald Trump descended that escalator in Trump Tower five years ago and declared Mexicans rapists, drug dealers, and murderers, he has been conveying in subtle--and not-so-subtle--ways to white supremacists they have a home so long as he is in office.

The bullhorn has always been blaring.

Trump and surrogates have regularly been exposed for their more obvious dog whistles, but their clarion call has been getting louder since Senate Republicans failed to convict Trump on the two counts on which he was impeached back in December.

Recent examples include Trump's planned campaign rally in Tulsa, Ok., the scene of the 1921 Tulsa race riots, on June 20, the day after Juneteenth, when the rally was originally to be held, for which Calif. Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted:

"This isn't just a wink to white supremacists-he's throwing them a welcome home party."

Another example came this week after the Trump campaign placed 88 ads on Facebook.

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