Trump campaign video includes references to a ‘unified Reich’

NEW YORK (AP) — A video posted on donald trump His social media account included references to a “unified Reich” among hypothetical news headlines if he wins the November election.

The headline appears among messages flashing on the screen such as “Trump wins!!” and “The economy is booming!” Other headlines appear to be references to World War I. The word “Reich” is often largely associated with Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, although references in the video Trump shared appear to be a reference to the formation of the modern Pan-German nation. unify smaller states into a single Reich, or empire, in 1871.

The 30-second video appeared Monday on Trump’s account at a time when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, while seeking to portray President Joe Biden as soft on anti-Semitism, has himself faced repeated criticism for using language and rhetoric associated with Nazi Germany.

It was posted and shared on the former president’s Truth Social account while he was on a lunch break at his Manhattan Hush Money Trial Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning, the video post was removed.

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“This was not a campaign video, it was created by a random online account and reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the president was in court,” said Karoline Leavitt, press secretary for the campaign, in a statement.

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Biden, speaking at a fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday, highlighted Trump’s release of the video, casting it as part of a pattern of inflammatory comments sowing discord in the country, saying, “this is Hitler’s language.” , not that of the United States.”

Earlier this month, Trump he said at a fundraiser that Biden runs a “Gestapo administration,” referring to the Nazi secret police force.

Trump previously used rhetoric that echoes Adolf Hitler when he said immigrants entering the United States illegally are “poisoning the blood of our country” and called his opponents “vermin.”

The former president has also received widespread backlash for having dined with a white nationalist who denies the Holocaust in 2022 and for downplaying the 2017 rally in CharlottesvilleVirginia, where white nationalists chanted “Jews will not replace us!”

At least one of the headlines in the video appears to be text copied word for word from a Wikipedia entry on World War I: “German industrial strength and production had increased significantly after 1871, boosted by the creation of a unified Reich.”

In one image, the headlines “Border is closed” and “15 million illegal aliens deported” appear above smaller text with the start and end dates of World War I.

The video appears to have been created by a meme creator who goes by the username Ramble_Rants.

The creator, who is part of a group of meme creators who The New York Times reported has previously collaborated with the Trump campaign, posted the video on social platform X on Monday morning.

In a post on X, Ramble_Rants defended the video, arguing that it was about “American peace and prosperity.”

The user explained in a post that the newspaper clippings in the video were pre-selected as part of a template showcasing historical headlines from stock video company Envato Elements.


Associated Press writers Ali Swenson and Seung Min Kim contributed to this report.