New Trump Campaign America First Logo Accused Of Ripping Off Nazi Eagle

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The new logo depicts an eagle with outstretched wings clutching a circle with an American flag in its talons.

Global News reports that President Donald J. Trump’s reelection campaign faces accusations of ripping of the Nazi Iron Eagle symbol with its latest campaign logo and T-shirt design.

  • The logo, found on T-shirts sold on the Trump campaign’s website, depicts a stylized eagle with outstretched wings. In its talons it clutches a circle containing an American flag.
  • Photos of the T-shirt and logo went viral on July 1 as critics shared images juxtaposing the America First eagle and the Iron Eagle symbol of the Nazi party, which depicts an eagle with outstretched wings, clutching in its talons a circle containing the Nazi swastika.

  • The Anti-Defamation League describes the Nazi eagle as a “hate symbol.” In a Tweet, Bend the Arc, an American Jewish political action committee, described the Nazi symbol as the “Iron Eagle” and wrote, “It’s not an accident. Bigotry is their entire brand.”
  • On Twitter, the Trump campaign reacted by sharing a photograph of Nancy Pelosi with the caption “Nancy Pelosi, secret Nazi?” The photograph has been altered to circle and point out an eagle pin Pelosi is wearing in the photograph, depicting an eagle with outstretched wings perched on a “pearlescent sphere,” as the campaign describes in another Tweet that also mentions the icon is a “Liberty Eagle.”
  • Zach Parkinson, deputy director of communications for the campaign, called the accusations “so stupid” and shared several seals from departments of United States government that use eagle symbology. All depict the eagle facing the opposite direction; some portray the eagle with talons stretched to the side, rather than clutching a circle.

Adding to the controversy is the history behind the phrase “America First.” Stand Up Republic Foundation senior adviser Molly McKew Tweeted,

Everybody’s going nuts about the new Trump campaign logo but… “America First” was the propaganda of the American Nazi Party and Trump used it anyway and didn’t care and basically no one called him on it.

A writer for Forward described his feelings on what seemed to make the America First eagle stand out so much in the following way:

The similarities are there, though some pointed out that this eagle also looks a little like the one on the back of a dollar bill.

Still, the eagle doesn’t quite match that familiar design. Gripping a circular American flag in its talons, our national bird looks like an aesthetically uncomfortable blend of the Reich’s sleek parteiadler eagle and ugly colonial era sculptures… The eagle clutches the American flag with all its might rather than the olive branch and sheaves of arrows, which presents a more isolationist message (no duality of war and peace). Nixing the “E Pluribus Unum” scroll the dollar eagle typically holds in its beak discards any message of unity. It’s bad graphic design, but the content is perhaps appropriate for the divisive Trump presidency, Nazi resonances aside.

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