The first cartoon crown, made by Donald Trump, was the work of cartoonist Mattel, which came with a special set of teeth.
But in an article for The Hill on Tuesday, a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump said that the crown was not actually a racist drawing.
“It wasn’t racist, but it was cartoon crown,” David Axelrod told the publication.
“It was not meant to be racist.
It was meant to symbolize a white man’s power.
It wasn’t meant to represent an anti-white, anti-black thing.
It’s a cartoon crown.
The whole thing was meant as a celebration of white power and white masculinity.”
Axelrod, who is now a CNN contributor, added that the cartoon crown was a “great symbol of white supremacy and masculinity” and that it was used as a “promotional tool to get attention.”
“This was the crown of Trump, this was the first cartoon he’d ever made, and he was the face of the brand,” Axelrod said.
“He was in charge of marketing this stuff, and it was meant for his benefit.”
The Hill article cited three former senior White House officials who told the outlet that the drawing was intended to represent Trump as a kind of caricature of a stereotypical American male.
One former senior administration official told the Hill the crown “was a racist symbol of the American dream and white supremacy.”