Trump video promises ‘unified Reich’ if re-elected in 2024

White House said campaign ad was ‘abhorrent and sickening’


Former President Donald Trump speaks during an election night event at Mar-a-Lago on November 08, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump posted an image of a fake newspaper article that references a “unified Reich” in the context of him being reelected in 2024.

The Republican candidate for US president posted a video on Monday on his Truth Social account which imagines the situation “after Donald Trump wins.”

The voice over accompanying the video calls out hypothetical headlines such as “Economy Booms!” and “Border is closed.”

Images of the headlines flash up as if they were First World War newspaper clippings.

The mention of the “creation of a unified Reich” appears under one headline that reads “What’s next for America?”

Other headlines include “15 Million Illegal Aliens Deported.”

The term “Reich,” which means realm, kingdom or empire in German, is considered to be a reference to Hitler's Third Reich.

By Tuesday morning the video had been removed from Trump’s Truth Social account.

Trump campaign spokesperson, Karoline Leavitt, said the video was not created by the campaign and was “reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the President was in court.”

Meanwhile, the video was quickly condemned as antisemitism by the White House.

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said: “It is abhorrent, sickening, and disgraceful for anyone to promote content associated with Germany’s Nazi government under Adolf Hitler.”

Biden campaign spokesperson James Singer said the former president was “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.”

Trump, who is currently in court in New York facing criminal charges, has a history of playing on stereotypes about Jews and politics.

In 2015 he told the Republican Jewish Coalition that “you want to control your politicians” and suggested the audience used money to exert control.

While he was in the White House he accused Jewish Democrat voters of being “disloyal to Israel.”

He reiterated this idea more recently in relation to the Israel-Gaza war accusing Jews who vote for Democrats of “hating Israel” and “their religion.”

He was widely condemned by Jewish leaders for his comments.

In a previous campaign ad before the presidential election in 2020, Trump was criticised by Jewish groups for ads containing allegedly antisemitic overtones.

The video contained phrases such as “the Establishment has trillions of Dollars at stake in this election”, and “those who control the levers of power in Washington”. At the same time, it shows footage of two prominent American Jews; George Soros, a prominent Billionaire backer of Liberal causes, and Janet Yellen, Chair of the US Federal Reserve.

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