President Donald Trump and his campaign doubled down on their pandering to racists and fascists by adopted a symbol that looks a whole lot like something straight out of Nazi Germany. And people definitely noticed.
Trump’s campaign website is now selling t-shirts featuring what looks disturbingly like a Nazi eagle symbol complete with the “America First” slogan used by white supremacists.
The Lincoln Project noticed.
Come. On. pic.twitter.com/VtfgrM8hIW
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 2, 2020
Of course, it’s not like Trump hasn’t repeatedly demonstrated that he’s a wannabe Nazi through his policies that put kids in cages, discriminate against people of color, denigrate women, suppresses the vote and so many other things it’s nearly impossible to keep count on the scorecard.
But this symbol really drives it home that Trump is trying to normalize Nazism in America right up there with his use of a symbol Nazis used to identify anti-fascists. Social media certainly thinks Trump’s eagle symbol evokes the Nazis.
It’s real pic.twitter.com/yJOcU432QK
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) July 1, 2020
Who had American fashion inspired by Nazi imagery and promoted by Trump on their Trumptopia 2020 Bingo card?
— ★彡Breiterbart ★彡 (@breiterbart) July 2, 2020
Trump is an impeached Russian asset who uses Nazi symbols in his campaign materials, wages war against peaceful BLM protesters, 130,000 deaths & rising, millions unemployed & starving, & now he’s allowing Russia to kill our soldiers.
The rule book needs to be thrown out.
— Erica Lynn? (@SurfingBlue2020) July 2, 2020
This is exactly what it looks like when big retail (like Walmart) knocks off something from a designer and they tweak just enough to legally get away with it.
That Nazi eagle design is pretty fucking famous and there’s ZERO chance it was an accident.
— JonnyWombat44 (@JWombat44) July 2, 2020
The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection with a Nazi symbol. Again.
On the left: an official Trump/Pence “America First” tee.
On the right; the Iron Eagle, the official symbol of the Nazi party.
⁰It’s not an accident. Bigotry is their entire brand. pic.twitter.com/mSOBxwf7Wa
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) July 1, 2020
I’ve been pretty hard on people who make the Nazi comparisons around here, but Christ, even *I* saw this one right away. This is not some standard American eagle, this is a Trump graphics guy thinking he’s being clever and trolling the world by saying “mayyyybe it’s close.” https://t.co/bm6gWLVSgl
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 2, 2020
Reminder: “America First Committee” was the pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic movement that tried to keep America out of WWII.
Now the Trump-Pence campaign is selling “America First” tee shirts with a colorized version of the Nazi Reichstag eagle. FFS #VoteTheGOPOut pic.twitter.com/GwU8y6eTvS
— Dean Gloster (@deangloster) July 2, 2020
If you think Trump co-opting Hitler’s “make Germany great again” & him now selling an official tshirt with the 1941 American Nazi sympathizer slogan “America First” (inspired by Hitler’s “Germany First”) above a Nazi iron eagle ripoff logo are all coincidences: ? #dontBSyourself pic.twitter.com/J1XIEEiA8P
— Sunn m’Cheaux (@sunnmcheaux) July 2, 2020
Conservatives have been defending Trump’s use of the symbol by comparing it to eagle symbols used by the armed forces, but the difference is that Trump’s eagle and the Nazi eagle are facing the same direction. And again, “America First” has racist origins.
Every Trump supporter who wears this shirt is telegraphing to everyone around them that they are a Nazi. And the sad part is that they don’t care and are quite proud of it.
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