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Man With “White” Tattoo Who Shook Hands With Hillary Clinton Is Not A Supremacist

A picture of Clinton shaking hands with the man was removed from her Twitter feed last week after questions were raised. The tattoo, however, is part of a larger piece that says "white trash."

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigned in New Hampshire over the 4th of July weekend, walking in a parade and stopping at the Dairy Twirl for ice cream in the town of Lebanon.

A campaign photographer snapped a picture of her shaking hands with a man with a "WHITE" tattoo on his arm, and it was posted on Twitter along with a Clinton quote.

Shortly after it was posted, followers began to question whether the tattoo was related to white supremacy, and the campaign deleted the tweet and photo out of caution.

The man, seen in the background of this picture holding an ice cream, told BuzzFeed News on Monday that he is not a white supremacist. The "white" tattoo seen on his right arm is actually part of a larger piece that says, "white trash."

Nicholas Brown, 33, got the tattoo four years ago, after a bout of pneumonia put him in a coma for six weeks and caused him to lose his legs.

Nicholas Brown

The phrase represents how he felt about himself as he got out of the hospital, he said.

"I got out, and I saw my body totally messed up," he said.

On July 3, he and his girlfriend went to the ice cream stand without knowing Clinton was planning an appearance.

"I was just standing in line and turned around," he said. "She started talking to me."

Brown said he wants people to know he is not a white supremacist or racist. And though the Clinton campaign's photo caused some to misconstrue him, he said he still supports her.

In their brief meeting, he said he felt like he connected with her as a real person, not just a politician.

"Nobody really gives me a chance a day to talk, and she was willing to talk to me," he said. "She just feels like a down-to-earth person."

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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