The Trump campaign debuted its new t-shirt this week. The t-shirt is available for men and women, is 100% cotton, sells for $30, and bears an image that strongly resembles a Nazi symbol.
The t-shirt is available on Trump’s re-election campaign website. On the site, the t-shirt is described as “proudly made in the USA” and “Let everyone know who you are voting for in 2020.”
“We finally have a president that puts America first. America is strong again, safe again, great again,” the website adds.
The Reichsadler or Nazi eagle was created at the demand of Adolf Hitler. Hitler wanted an eagle symbol combined with the Nazi swastika to become Nazi Germany’s national emblem.
The Nazi symbol features an eagle looking to the right with wings spread. The eagle’s talons are holding a wreath with a swastika inside. After World war Two ended the symbol was then adopted by neo-Nazis as well as other white supremacist groups.
The eagle has been the symbol of America since 1782, however, America’s version has an olive branch in its right talon, which represents peace and a scroll in its beak with the motto E Pluribus Unum, meaning “one out of many.”
The Trump campaign’s new eagle logo has the eagle displayed in the same pose and it has a ring in its talons and in the center is the American flag. The resemblance between the two symbols in undeniable.
Twitter users were quick to call Trump out.
“Trump & Pence are proudly displaying a Nazi-inspired shirt on their official campaign website. They are promoting genocidal imagery yet again—just days after President Trump retweeted a video of a supporter chanting ‘white power,’” tweeted the group Bend the Arc: Jewish Action.
PACE shared an image of the two symbols side by side and wrote, “Trump’s new logo looks almost looks familiar. Where else have I seen that eagle style standing on a circle?”
Nearly 14,000 people shared PACE’s tweet including CIA General Michael Hayden, who responded with two words…” Holy Sh*t.”
The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump PAC shared the tweet and wrote, “Come. On.” Tom Nichols from the Lincoln project tweeted: “This is not some standard American eagle; this is a Trump graphics guy thinking he’s being clever and trolling the world by saying “mayyyybe it’s close.”
John Aravosis tweeted to his 106,000 followers: “Trump’s campaign website has a new t-shirt design. If it looks familiar to you, you’re not alone.”
The Trump campaign has dismissed the allegations as “moronic” and said there was a long American legacy of using the bald eagle to represent the country.
Back in June Trump adverts were removed from Facebook for featuring a Nazi symbol.