A man exiting a Trump rally this past Saturday yelled at a crowd of protesters, “Go back to Auschwitz, go back to f—king Auschwitz,” while seemingly imitating the Nazi salute. And he was caught on film.
The original clip was deleted, so here’s a copy: Trump supporter yells “Go to Auschwitz. Go to fucking Auschwitz.” pic.twitter.com/iV4ARW969S— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) March 13, 2016
The Trump-Hitler comparison has been running rampant on the internet for a while now, and Trump himself told CNN it was a “terrible comparison.” But was it?
Lately, Trump rallies have been evoking imagery and speech that create some very uncomfortable flashbacks, from making a crowd pledge to vote for him with right arms upraised to this more recently captured video above. And then there’s this photo:
Trump cancels Chicago rally amid security concerns https://t.co/LVEGWkrAQ7#Chicago#DonaldTrump photo by @ejwambpic.twitter.com/tF1NTu8qui— Chicago Trib Photo (@ChiTribPhoto) March 12, 2016
Anyone who has spent time on Twitter lately knows that one doesn’t have to dig very deep to find connections between white supremacists and Trump supporters.
Amazing how many people with #whitegenocide in their profile are angrily tweeting at me after I insulted Donald Trump & Ann Coulter. Uncanny— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) March 14, 2016
In fact, Trump himself retweets these white supremacists on his own official Twitter account.
Is Trump actually a Hitler-style fascist? Who knows. But one thing we can tell for sure is that he hasn’t done anything to distance himself from supporters who are overtly and frighteningly racist. His rants against “political correctness” seem increasingly tantamount to condoning racist speech and violent action. These are scary times.
Lior Zaltzman is the Forward’s Digital Fellow and a wearer of many hats. When she’s not tweeting from the Forward’s account, she’s creating illustrations, graphics and lists for the various Forward blogs. She can also make comics out of your bad dates in #OYDATE. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in cartooning. Lior Zaltzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @liorca.