Donald Trump yesterday tweeted out a campaign image that featured troops in Nazi uniforms alongside a picture of The White House, with the slogan “we need real leadership”. He included the hashtag #MakeAmericaGreatAgain along with the tweet.
No this is not a satire story.
— Reed F. Richardson (@reedfrich) July 14, 2015
— John Schindler (@20committee) July 14, 2015
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) July 14, 2015
It appears that the image was constructed using a Getty stock image of Nazi reenactors – that is people wearing Nazi uniforms, not actual Nazi troops.
Still, many are questioning how Trump allowed an image to be sent out that clearly features the SS eagle insignia and the dot camouflage print uniform associated with Nazis.
When Twitter users began pointing out the image, the Trump campaign quickly deleted the tweet and blamed the incident on “a young intern”.
“A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo,” a campaign spokesperson said in a statement. “The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet.”
The Getty description on the photo simply reads “Marching soldiers”, so while this explanation is feasible, it obviously represents a huge FAIL for The Donald.
There can be no doubt what two words Trump said to the intern.
John Schindler, a former national security affairs professor at the US Army War College, noticed the bizarre use of the image, and tweeted about it:
“These guys are dressed as late (1944-45) WWII Waffen-SS infantry. Nothing to debate here. Way to go, Trump!” he tweeted.
Schindler commented that the camouflage uniform and eagle insignia on the left arm were only worn by Waffen-SS.
“If you know your German uniforms it’s very obvious,” he said.
Trump is currently leading the pack of GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination.
The incident, as is custom, paved the way for much reaction on Twitter:
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 15, 2015
wow I did Nazi that coming https://t.co/fOKDRd3mhP
— RINO Pundit (@RINOPundit) July 14, 2015
The Donald can always be counted on to raise a furor on the campaign trail.
— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) July 14, 2015
Trump is just SPRECHEN IT LIKE IT IS and the Establishment CAN'T HANDLE IT.
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) July 14, 2015
The SS killers in Trump's America will be classier and swankier than any of the goons who killed for Hitler. pic.twitter.com/duyQicxLKT
— Popehat (@Popehat) July 14, 2015
Question, @realDonaldTrump: How hard is it to *not* use an elite SS-unit as your military stock photo?
— Bill and Opus '16 (@NathanWurtzel) July 14, 2015
— Chris Magill (@cmagill) July 14, 2015
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.