Going Full Nazi (Again)

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Wow. The dog whistle's become a fog horn these dark and threatening days with Trump's new re-election merch: An "America First" t-shirt that looks uncannily like the Iron Eagle, the symbol of the Nazi Party. "It’s not an accident," wrote the progressive Jewish group Bend the Arc, which a few weeks ago caught the queasy resemblance of Trump's red triangles to concentration camp symbols for political prisoners. "Bigotry is their entire brand." Hence their initial slogan - America First, popularized in 1940 as a political platform built on fascism and anti-Semitism. Now we have the eagle to complete it. And yes, several observers carefully noted, there are multiple eagle images - the U.S. seal, the Marines - that aren't Nazi symbols. But those eagles differ on multiple fronts: They look left, have curvy wings, stand behind a flag. This eagle is...a Nazi. The anti-Trump Lincoln Project's response to seeing it: "Come. On." We wish we could say we did Nazi this coming.

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