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After backlash, Trump pulls social media post with reference to 'unified Reich'

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By Nathan Layne

Donald Trump deleted a video posted to his Truth Social account that included reference to a "unified Reich" after President Joe Biden's campaign and others criticized the use of language often associated with the Nazi regime.

The 30-second video, which was posted on Monday afternoon, was no longer available on the website by early morning on Tuesday. A person familiar with the matter confirmed the post had been removed from the site.

The video portrayed a positive vision for the country should the Republican presidential candidate defeat Biden, a Democrat, in November's election, featuring hypothetical newspaper headlines about a booming economy and a crackdown on immigration at the southern border.

At two points in the video, text below a larger headline reads: "INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED... DRIVEN BY THE CREATION OF A UNIFIED REICH." The text is somewhat blurred, making it difficult to make out at first glance.

Trump has made a series of inflammatory remarks on the campaign trail, calling political enemies "vermin" and saying immigrants who entered the nation illegally were "poisoning the blood of our country." Those drew heavy criticism from Democrats and some historians who said they echoed Nazi rhetoric.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday, Biden criticized the use of a word often associated with Nazi Germany's Third Reich under Adolf Hitler.

"This is Hitler's language, not America's," Biden said.

Karoline Leavitt, a Trump campaign spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday that the video was created by someone outside the campaign and shared by a staffer who did not notice the use of the word "Reich" before posting.

She said Trump, who is facing a criminal trial in New York over a hush money payment to a porn star, was in court at the time. He did not answer a question about the video shouted by a reporter as he headed into court on Tuesday.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

The text in the video appears to have been copied from a Wikipedia page about World War One and refers in part to developments long preceding Hitler's rule.

"German industrial strength and production had significantly increased after 1871, driven by the creation of a unified Reich," the Wikipedia page reads.

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Make America Great Again!

Four more years, four more years

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DRIVEN BY THE CREATION OF A UNIFIED REICH

Even ignoring the REICH bit, how does Trump imagine unifying the country? He constantly vilifies anyone not associated with the MAGA movement.

Or is this a unitary executive theory on steroids (i.e. authoritarian rule)?

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Just because Trump's supporters look, talk, and act like Nazis, doesn't mean that they are Nazis. They just like the aesthetic from the era, want to shut down and punish dissent, and want to set up concentration camps for those who deserve it.

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At two points in the video, text below a larger headline reads: "INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED... DRIVEN BY THE CREATION OF A UNIFIED REICH." The text is somewhat blurred, making it difficult to make out at first glance.

Trump has made a series of inflammatory remarks on the campaign trail, calling political enemies "vermin" and saying immigrants who entered the nation illegally were "poisoning the blood of our country." Those drew heavy criticism from Democrats and some historians who said they echoed Nazi rhetoric.

"Nope, never read Mein Kampf. What makes you think that?"

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-history-adolf-hitler-nazi-writings-analysis/story?id=105810745

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Even ignoring the REICH bit,

Do Americans even know what that means? They throw that around as if it’s just another name like PETA

how does Trump imagine unifying the country?

He can’t, not sure anyone can at this point on either side, but what he can do is stop the absolute crazy radical Marxist policies that are crippling the nation.

He constantly vilifies anyone not associated with the MAGA movement.

As does this administration that won’t follow in lockstep.

Or is this a unitary executive theory on steroids (i.e. authoritarian rule)?

The way this administration practices it…could be.

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25 million troops died fighting the Nazis. 30 million civilians were killed.30 million died from disease and famine. Maybe Trump does not know that. 100 million dead people.

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Maybe Trump does not know that.

Many people don’t know about the meaning of Reich or Mein Kampf

Welp, it was only the Trump campaign that "threw it around". And yes, most people who weren't homeschooled know what it means and its connotations.

Homeschooled? Funny, the thugs protesting on our college campuses don’t even know the meaning from the “River to the sea.” Yeah, don’t go there, Plastic. 60K for an edumacation and they don’t know??

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crazy radical Marxist policies that are crippling the nation.

Calling all opposition "radical left Marxists" was a National Socialist, Austrian Corporal thing even before coming after the Jews.

The parallels are rife, and MAGA is sure complicit and enabling of them.

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There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

yes, there are.

What are they?

How much time do you have?

Immigration

Urging people to take in illegals, trying to make as many illegals citizens right before the election without even vetting a single one

Climate change

Trying to tell people they can’t use gas stoves, eat meat, have children, ban oil, forcing us to buy crappy EV cars.

The economy

A lost too, too long to even go over.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/22/opinion/bidenomics-working-class.html

Education

Woke policies, telling people there are multiple genders, it’s ok for biological men to use women’s restrooms or shower with them, wanting to push LGBTQ education and graphic books all the way from the 2nd grade.

Criminal justice

Going after political opponents as a way to knock out the constitutional rights of Americans that the Dems feel are a threat to their hierarchy.

Healthcare

Forcing Americans to pay for other people’s healthcare or drug addictions.

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bass4funk

There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

yes, there are.

What are they?

How much time do you have?

A cop-out.

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There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

yes, there are.

You listed none; except possibly:

Forcing Americans to pay for other people’s healthcare

I suppose you enjoy living in a society where people die from not being able to afford insulin, lost health insurance with changes in employment, and medical costs are the number one cause of bankruptcy.

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/16/americans-medical-debt/

You have amply illustrated the MAGA empty rhetoric of "radical left, Marxist, socialist" and a lot of glaring educational lacunae.

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bass4funk

There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

yes, there are.

What are they?

How much time do you have?

Immigration

Urging people to take in illegals, trying to make as many illegals citizens right before the election without even vetting a single one

Climate change

Trying to tell people they can’t use gas stoves, eat meat, have children, ban oil, forcing us to buy crappy EV cars.

The economy

A lost too, too long to even go over.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/22/opinion/bidenomics-working-class.html

Education

Woke policies, telling people there are multiple genders, it’s ok for biological men to use women’s restrooms or shower with them, wanting to push LGBTQ education and graphic books all the way from the 2nd grade.

Criminal justice

Going after political opponents as a way to knock out the constitutional rights of Americans that the Dems feel are a threat to their hierarchy.

Healthcare

Forcing Americans to pay for other people’s healthcare or drug addictions.

None of these are Marxist.

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Urging people to take in illegals, trying to make as many illegals citizens right before the election without even vetting a single one

None of that is true.

Trying to tell people they can’t use gas stoves, eat meat, have children, ban oil, forcing us to buy crappy EV cars.

None of that is true.

Going after political opponents as a way to knock out the constitutional rights of Americans that the Dems feel are a threat to their hierarchy.

None of that is true.

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Not the best word to use , for sure.

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There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

The left always say that, always.

What are they?

Rhetorical question??

Immigration

?

None of these are Marxist.

That’s exactly what’s Marxists say. Exactly!

@Plastic it’s all true. All of it…or are you telling me Biden is now surging in the polls?

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bass4funk

None of these are Marxist.

That’s exactly what’s Marxists say. Exactly!

I'm not a Marxist. I'm a free market capitalist.

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I thought the whole point of this platform was for free speech. The coward doesn’t even have the nuts to stand by his post.

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bass4funk

There are no Marxist or socialist policies.

The left always say that, always.

I am an independent free thinker. Another cop-out.

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I thought Truth Social was all about free speech and no censorship.

Is he ‘shadowbanning’ himself now?

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MAGA supporters have no idea what Marxism is.

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Trump doesn’t read much. If he does read anything, it would be the book about Hitler’s speeches he purportedly owns.

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Not the best word to use , for sure

Absolutely vile word to use.

We are taking about ideas associated with a man far worse than Hannibal Lector.

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trying to make as many illegals citizens right before the election without even vetting a single one

Trying to tell people they can’t use gas stoves, eat meat, have children, ban oil, forcing us to buy crappy EV cars.

It’s pointless debating someone who actually believes these things are happening.

Besides, I thought the real issue here is with Trump’s use of the word “Reich” and with MAGA’s growing fondness for fascist terminology and books.

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There is nothing wrong with using the word: Reich.

Then Trump shouldn't have removed the post.

Is America a Reich?

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they are doing the exact same thing with this corporate MSM / Biden gang misinformation crap.

This article is about 45 posting something vulgar and offensive then deleting it himself.

Is that ‘misinformation’?

I agree though, it sure is funny.

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Then Trump shouldn't have removed the post.

He can do what he wants.

Is America a Reich?

That is a good and debatable question. Not in a Nazi sense, but that is a very interesting argument, some people call it an empire, some kingdom, some Reich I think people can decide for themselves what they want to call the US. I call it "God's last country." Everyone has their own interpretation of what they want to call the US. All I am saying is, as Americans, we have the right to read and watch whatever we want, that should be celebrated and not looked down upon. Hate speech is still protected speech, it doesn't mean that you necessarily have to agree with it, it just means, you have the right to read any publication, blocking what you don't like is the very definition of fascism

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Besides, I thought the real issue here is with Trump’s use of the word “Reich” and with MAGA’s growing fondness for fascist terminology and books

You have to wonder about apologists for this type of language.

The most charitable way to look at it is that they are extremely ignorant.

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This article is about 45 posting something vulgar and offensive then deleting it himself.

Like what? Liberals use offensive language 24/7 so now what language offends them that a person on the right said/

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@Plastic it’s all true. All of it…or are you telling me Biden is now surging in the polls?

Biden is down in the polls. Ergo, everything you say is true.

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Like what? Liberals use offensive language 24/7 so now what language offends them that a person on the right said/

Why did he delete it then?

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Trump is a very vile man. Claiming Hannibal the Cannibal was a great man. Then the Third Reich.

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Nothing surprising here...when you invite a known Anti-Semite over for dinner who says Jews killed in ovens during WW II were "burnt like cookies", of course you're going to espouse Nazi rhetoric...

https://www.texastribune.org/2023/10/10/nick-fuentes-texas-meeting/

Our MAGA-friends can deny it all they want - the truth is in black and white...

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I call it "God's last country."

I call that pretty creepy.

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From the same ilk that brought “Hiel Trump!”, “Jews will not, replace us” and Dinner with Nick Fuentes, comes the “unified Reich.”

Funny how none of the rest of us “mistakenly wander” into the part of the internet where Nazi vocabulary hides in plain view….

Its almost like they’re so desensitized to neo-Nazi rhetoric that they don’t even notice anymore.

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The Reich and its supporters are antisemites.

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From the same ilk that brought “Hiel Trump!”, “Jews will not, replace us” and Dinner with Nick Fuentes, comes the “unified Reich.”

Talking about a Reich while questioning the judgement of Jews who don’t vote for him.

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so stomach churning.

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Reich, the Germanification of empire, realm. hence the third Reich,

The first Roman, the second Imperial Germany

Its connation's to the unholy despot Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945, a devastating war, the holocaust is unescapable.

'Unified Reich'

A truly unfathomable, unhinged reference that will directly be associated with Germany under Adolf Hitler.

It is inexplicable what processed Donald Trump to be associated with a fourth.

The choice, Herr Trump, or the forever subject to a "senior moment" Biden.

Good luck with that.

Sorry I am just stating respectfully an opinion

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Biden is down in the polls. Ergo, everything you say is true.

Yes.

Talking about a Reich while questioning the judgement of Jews who don’t vote for him.

It would be laughable if it wasn’t so stomach churning.

Not really, Blacks have been voting Democrat as well as Hispanics for over 70 years and how has that worked out for them? There is a reason why Biden went to Moorehouse, it wasn't because he necessarily wanted to, but he had to, he is bleeding minorities and now Jewish people as well, they are waking up to the disastrous policies and how this guy and his admin are destroying the country, so Trump was absolutely right in his statement. Flip it around, the left would and do say the same about voting for Trump and that his supporters are Nazis, give me a break, the left can't claim shock and outrage, you kidding me? Lol

I call that pretty creepy.

To you perhaps.

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'Unified Reich'

A truly unfathomable, unhinged reference that will directly be associated with Germany under Adolf Hitler

That’s why it was deleted. Revolting stuff.

The choice, Herr Trump, or the forever subject to a "senior moment" Biden

Trump has his fair share. Maybe he will tell us ‘Jimmy Connors’ was a worse leader than Hitler.

I prefer Connors. He had a better backhand and wasn’t a genocidal fanatic.

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Trump is tone deaf, just like the CCP. He is clueless about how to be a human being.

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From the same ilk that brought “Hiel Trump!”, “Jews will not, replace us” and Dinner with Nick Fuentes, comes the “unified Reich.”

So what makes him different from Sharpton? Ask any Jewish person how they feel about him, try it.

Funny how none of the rest of us “mistakenly wander” into the part of the internet where Nazi vocabulary hides in plain view….

The word Reich is not vulgar in itself.

Its almost like they’re so desensitized to neo-Nazi rhetoric that they don’t even notice anymore.

Liberals should know, they are the ones constantly bringing it up.

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Its almost like they’re so desensitized to neo-Nazi rhetoric that they don’t even notice anymore.

Liberals should know, they are the ones constantly bringing it up.

Trump brought it up.

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Trump brought it up.

Liberals have been calling him and MAGA Nazis for years, they brought it up years before and Trump telling these people the truth is not in the least racist. There is a reason 70% of the country is not happy with the direction Biden is taking us in. So yes, wake up NYC!

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The word Reich is not vulgar in itself.

Maybe not, but why randomly drop a German word in a post in English? The word does have its equivalent in English, right? They could have said “a unified country” or something.

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Maybe not, but why randomly drop a German word in a post in English? The word does have its equivalent in English, right? They could have said “a unified country” or something.

But the meaning, usage, and context can be very different. I mean, this doesn't translate well in English お疲れ様です

Sure you can have a possible and slight equivalent, but still it would not be a word-for-word match, the meaning and usage would be different. Certain words and phrases don't always translate well.

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The words Third Reich are vile, vulgar, loaded with hate, the death of 100 million, and antisemitic with the extermination of 7 million Jews.

There isn't a single positive point about it except it was defeated.

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Jimizo, I have studied, however maybe learnt little or nothing outside the world of business/finance, I have had experience of political intrigue as an assistant researcher.

However two ongoing wars, Ukraine, Gaza are close to throwing more than just a cloud of global uncertainly.

An era that has emboldened our perceived enemies.

The US/UK will go to the polls 2024, the choice of candidates US/UK could have direct consequences outcomes to a global confrontation yet unseen or experienced historically.

Unparalleled, certainly in my lifetime, has produced a generation unable or unwilling to face or accept the prospect that our standard of living, our freedoms now taken for granted were bequeathed to us through the devastation sacrifice of two world wars,

From the rubble to the here and now, we now have to face a future that our politically incompetent leadership has failed to secure the freedoms and economic security they pledged and promised.

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The words Third Reich are vile, vulgar, loaded with hate, the death of 100 million, and antisemitic with the extermination of 7 million Jews.

Yes, you are right, but the word: "Reich" itself is none of those.

There isn't a single positive point about it except it was defeated.

But that has nothing to do with the word.

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Its almost like they’re so desensitized to neo-Nazi rhetoric that they don’t even notice anymore.

Liberals should know, they are the ones constantly bringing it up.

And the fascist-adjacent keep carrying the neo-Nazi’s water.

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The words Third Reich are vile, vulgar, loaded with hate, the death of 100 million, and antisemitic with the extermination of 7 million Jews.

Yes, you are right, but the word: "Reich" itself is none of those.

You are just playing with semantics.

There isn't a single positive point about it except it was defeated.

But that has nothing to do with the word.

It has everything to do with the event of the Third Reich.

Trump was referencing the Third Reich or the Third Empire based entirely on Hitler's Mein Kempf.

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Reich, realm, empire has little relevance in the 21st century.

Has the world of social media opened a can of worms where such a past can be politicised at will?

An era that has forced an opening of eyes, communication propaganda without restriction?

To late perhaps.

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.

Now where has that originated.

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The events of the Third Reich must never be forgotten and needs to be taught at schools like it is in Germany.

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I guess you could say Trump is having a "bad week"....

Posts clearly hate-filled and disgusting Nazi rhetoric...

Has a 35 second cognitive "freeze-up" during his NRA speech...

Stumbles and almost falls over his podium at a rally...

Says fictional character Hannibal Lector was "wonderful" and "missed"...

Has to listen to Stormy Daniels testify under oath that before their fling Trump said she "reminded him of his daughter"...

Just more examples of the vile, repulsive, sick world of MAGA...

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People are blowing this way out of proportion.

All Trump and MAGA want is one people, one country, and one leader, right Bass?

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