Twitter troll Donald Trump sent this tweet on Flag Day. Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “AMERICA FIRST!”.
Oh lord. I have my doubts whether this crypto-fascist really knows the history behind this motto. There are a lot of Americans who are equally ignorant of the history behind this motto.
Eric Rauchway, professor of history at the University of California at Davis, explains at the Washington Post. Donald Trump’s new favorite slogan was invented for Nazi sympathizers:
Donald Trump greeted Twitter on Flag Day with two words in all caps: “AMERICA FIRST!”
He has made this slogan a theme for his campaign, and he has begun using it to contrast himself with President Obama, whose criticism of Trump’s rhetoric on Tuesday was answered with a Trump statement promising, “When I am president, it will always be America first.”
He wasn’t quite promising “America über alles,” but it comes close. “America First” was the motto of Nazi-friendly Americans in the 1930s, and Trump has more than just a catchphrase in common with them.