Trump’s social media account shares video mentioning ‘unified reich’

A video posted to Donald Trump’s social media account on Monday included references to a “unified reich” among hypothetical news headlines describing an election victory for him in November.

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, unifying smaller states into a single reich or empire. in 1871.

A video posted May 20 on former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social account shows hypothetical headlines talking about a “unified reich” if he wins the 2024 presidential election, language that drew fierce criticism from President Biden’s campaign.

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The 30-second video appeared on Trump’s account at a time when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, while seeking to portray President 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. He remained there until they removed him the next morning.

“This was not a campaign video; it was created by a random online account and reposted by a staff member who clearly did not see the word (reich), while the president was in court,” said Karoline Leavitt, secretary campaign press release, in a statement.

The campaign later updated the statement to say it was posted by a “junior employee.”

A White House spokesperson condemned the video shared on Trump’s account.

“It is abhorrent, disgusting and shameful for anyone to promote content associated with the Nazi government of Germany under Adolf Hitler,” said White House deputy communications director Andrew Bates. He added: “Any anti-Semitic whistle is dangerous and offensive, and deeply un-American.”

Biden’s campaign also spoke out, AFP reported, accusing Trump of a “long history” of anti-Semitic behavior.

“Donald Trump is not playing games. He is telling America exactly what he intends to do if he regains power: rule as a dictator over a ‘unified reich,'” Biden-Harris spokesman James Singer said in a statement.

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

Trump previously used rhetoric echoing 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 great criticism for having Had dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who denies the Holocaust, in 2022 and to downplay its importance the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginiawhere 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.