Social media users criticized conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham for appearing to make a Nazi-salute at the Republican National Convention.
Ingraham concluded her Wednesday night speech, during which she praised Republican nominee Donald Trump, by waving to a cheering audience. In the beginning of the wave, her outstretched arm was reminiscent of the salute made by Nazis in Germany to signal obedience to Adolf Hitler.
On Twitter, users slammed Ingraham’s gesture.
Laura Ingraham very clearly did a quarter turn to the left and did a Nazi Salute. #NotJoking#RNCinCLE#RNC2016pic.twitter.com/tiaA8BpxKK— JasonHavey (@JasonHavey) July 21, 2016
Just saw that Laura Ingraham weird pseudo Nazi salute. Her Aryan looks don’t help the aesthetics of it! pic.twitter.com/JQ0QOnACpJ— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) July 21, 2016
Did Laura Ingraham just Heil Nazi ?#RNCinCLE wow pic.twitter.com/sajleJpyRX— Delonté De Clou (@dilemmv) July 21, 2016
But everyone didn’t agree.
I’ve taken many deserved shots at Laura Ingraham during this election cycle, but the “Nazi salute” pic ppl are chuckling about is just dumb.— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) July 21, 2016
In March, Abraham Foxman, the former head of the Anti-Defamation League, slammed Trump for asking attendees at a rally to raise their hands in a pledge of support, calling it “a fascist gesture.”
Watch the video of Ingraham’s speech and decide for yourself:
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