Donald Trump Campaign Tweets Photo With His Face Superimposed Over Nazis

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Donald Trump had a misfire today when he accidentally tweeted a photograph of his face against an American flag with some Nazi soldiers inexplicably on the bottom right corner of the flag.

According to [1]

On the morning of July 14, a photo including the American flag, the hashtag #MakeAmericaGreatAgain, and four men wearing Nazi uniforms was posted to Donald Trump’s Twitter account and Facebook page. 

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They may be hard to spot at first glance, but the soldiers marching towards Trump’s face in the photo are in fact wearing the uniform of the Waffen-SS, part of the armed wing of the Nazi party. 

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Michael Niemberg was the first to spot the men in the image, followed by blogger John Schindler.

Schindler tweeted that he’s “100% certain” these are Nazi uniforms because of the style of camouflage and the SS eagle. 

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Schindler, along with many other Twitter users, then proceeded to mock Trump’s use of Nazi imagery to “#MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”

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Another Twitter user found the origin of the soldiers’ picture: A stock photo titled “Marching soldiers” on iStock, which shows models walking through a field [2].

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This image was used in the Donald Trump campaign ad as a stand in for generic soldiers. (George Cairns/iStockPhoto)


Photographer George Cairns snapped the photo during a Second World War reenactment in Kent, England. 

​”I have photos of American soldiers as well,” Cairns said to Mother Jones. “But for some reason, politicians seem to be downloading Nazis.” [3]

Cairns added that Tim Spear, a Democrat in North Carolina’s legislature, accidentally used his brother’s photo of men wearing Nazi uniforms in a campaign flier [4]. 

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Trump’s campaign is blaming the use of this image on an intern. 

“A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo. The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet,” a spokesperson relayed to the Daily Dot [5]. 

The controversial posts have since been deleted from Twitter [6] and Facebook [7], though the morbidly curious can still see the image on both accounts using

Despite recent controversy, including labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico as rapists, a USA Today poll [8] lists Trump as leading the Republican presidential race.