Donald Trump, the former reality TV show star and real estate developer now running for President of the United States as a Republican, has adopted the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” But on Tuesday, his campaign tweeted an image along with the slogan that featured Trump — along with a picture of World War II Nazi Waffen SS soldiers.
The Waffen SS, as those familiar with the history of World War II will be aware, were the elite commando troops commanded by top Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, and were known for committing a number of high profile massacres and other war crimes.
The photo showing Trump’s face under a superimposed American flag next to images of U.S. currency, the White House and the Nazi troops, has since been deleted, but was first noticed by Twitter user Michael Niemberg.
— Michael Niemerg (@MichaelNiemerg) July 14, 2015
Before the image was deleted, however, it was screen-captured and quickly circulated through the media and the internet. Here is the complete image, as posted by the magazine Mother Jones.
The Trump campaign quickly blamed the bizarre choice of image on an unnamed “intern” who, a campaign spokesperson said, apologized for the error.
“Mr. Trump has been in Charlottesville, Virginia, all day at the opening of a development,” the Trump PR flak told the online site Daily Dot. “A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo. The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet.”
Trump Org EVP Michael Cohen says an intern accidentally posted questionable photo; apologized and immediately deleted
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) July 14, 2015
The image of the Nazi troops appears to have been taken from a stock photo on the online photo service iStock.
The campaign image featuring the Nazi soldiers was also posted on Trump’s Facebook page, but has since been deleted from there as well — but a preserved image of the Facebook post, and the comments that follow can be viewed at this link.
Tuesday’s Nazi episode was not the first time that careless use of his Twitter account has proven embarrassing for Trump. Last September, he unwittingly retweeted an image of a couple who, a prankster told Trump, were his parents who “passed away” and who cited Trump as “a big inspiration.”
In reality, the image depicted convicted serial child killers Fred and Rose West, whose horrific killing spree lasted from 1967 to 1994.
According to a pair of polls conducted in the past week, Donald Trump is tied for the lead among Republican candidates for the upcoming 2016 presidential election, but would be the Republicans’ weakest candidate if paired against Hillary Clinton in the general election.
[Image: Donald Trump Facebook]