Sometimes we all need to take a breath and crack open our U.S. history textbooks.
Some drama was a-brewin' on Twitter after a tweet suggesting that House Speaker Paul Ryan's official logo looks, well, a little Nazi-ish made the rounds Friday afternoon. The tweet that seems to have sparked the comparison was from Kenneth Pennington, whose Twitter bio identifies him as a former digital director for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Others jumped on the bandwagon, pointing out that the Ryan's logo, featured at the top of his website, looks a lot like a Nazi eagle symbol, which is categorized in the Anti-Defamation League's list of hate symbols.
But Ryan's logo is not a Neo-Nazi rebrand — it's actually an extremely old seal. Ryan's "logo" appears to be just a graphic depicting the Speaker's Mace, a symbol of the House of Representatives.
The current Speaker's Mace, basically a ceremonial pole, has a silver globe on the end of it and is topped with an eagle. The tradition of the mace has been around since the 18th century — well before the Nazis made the eagle one of their symbols too.
And the Speaker's Mace is a symbol featured on the seal of the speaker of the House, which Ryan did not make up — his predecessors used it too.
And eagles on top of globes are everywhere in the United States — including in the seal of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The presidential and vice presidential seals also feature eagles, as does that of the U.S. Senate.