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A presidential seal featured on a new Trump campaign T-shirt is drawing comparisons to the official Nazi emblem.
A progressive Jewish group, along with many individuals on social media, are bringing attention to the $30 campaign merchandise. The group, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, claims the eagle image is not only a call-out to Donald Trump's racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic followers but that the T-shirt's terminology also has hateful roots.
\u201c\u201cAmerica First\u201d was popularized by the America First Committee, launched in 1940 to prevent US involvement in WWII.\n\nTheir platform was built on antisemitism & fascism.\n\nTrump is building on that hateful legacy, using it to attack Black people, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, & more.\u201d— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@Bend the Arc: Jewish Action) 1593615568
Bend the Arc says the Trump seal is a version of the Nazis' Iron Eagle symbol, with the bird's head similarily turned to the right and its feet carrying a circular image. A Trump campaign spokesman denied to Forbes that the shirt references Nazis, who systematically murdered 6 million Jewish civilians and another 6 million Gypsies, people of color, gays, disabled people, and political prisoners.
The new shirts, available on Trump's campaign site, debuted after an ad for the president's reelection effort was banned from social media sites because it featured a red triangle like the ones the Nazi Party used to brand political prisoners. Trump also recently retweeted a video of a Florida supporter screaming, "White Power!" The president later deleted the tweet, claiming he didn't hear the racist overture.
"The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection with a Nazi symbol," Bend the Arc tweeted. "It's not an accident. Bigotry is their entire brand."