Donald Trump Tweets Photo With Nazi Soldiers, Still Leads Polls
Donald Trump made headlines yet again on Tuesday, this time over a tweet that showed what seemingly were Nazis marching under the White House.
The caption of the tweet was “Make America Great Again.” According to Yahoo News, it featured a montage of the American flag, Trump’s face, banknotes, the White House, and marching soldiers that weren’t American but appeared to be Nazis from the Waffen SS.
Trump immediately became a subject of criticism after Nazis – who during the World War II were accountable for the killing of six million Jews – were spotted in the post. Trump was also mocked for not being able to differentiate between the heroes and the killers.
The tweet was subsequently removed, and an intern was blamed for the mistake.
“A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo,” a spokesperson said. “The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet.”
The foul-up in the image was first spotted by Michael Niemberg.
John Schindler, a former national security affairs professor at the U.S. Naval War College, also noticed the mistake. He tweeted that the camouflage tunic and the SS eagle makes him “100% certain” that the soldiers were Nazis.
He further said that those uniforms were only worn by the Waffen SS.
“These guys are dressed as late (1944-45) WW2 Waffen-SS infantry. Nothing to debate here. Way to go, Trump!” he tweeted.
“If you know your German uniforms it’s very obvious,” he said. “This could happen to anybody — when you have social media interns who don’t know anything about history and who are clearly not doing any research.”
A twitter user found the original source of the picture, which he posted in a tweet.
The photograph of the soldiers was captured during a Second World War reenactment in Kent, England, by George Cairns.
According to Mother Jones, Cairns said, ”I have photos of American soldiers as well. But for some reason, politicians seem to be downloading Nazis.”
However, Trump has catapulted in the Republican presidential race, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll. The nationwide survey shows that Trump leads the pack of Republican candidates with 17 percent support, followed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush who stands at 14 percent.
Despite being mired in controversy – ever since he accused Mexicans of being “rapists,” and “bringing drugs” and “crime” into the United States – Trump has climbed ahead by six percent from June to July. In the same period, he also asserted to his supporters, “I’m, like, a really smart person.”
On Tuesday, when Hillary Clinton was speaking at the Capitol Hill about her deliberations over the nuclear deal with Iran, Trump issued a statement, saying, “She is obviously very nervous when she has to revert to issues that have already been settled given the absolute accuracy of my statement” on Mexico.
However, against Clinton, the poll showed that Trump did worse than six other Republican contenders.
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