Over the weekend I posted about a “pledge” Republican front-runner Donald Trump has begun asking his supporters at rallies to speak aloud while raising their right hands.
Despite comments that this all looks eerily like a “Heil Hitler” salute, Trump continued this at campaign stops today.
Abe Foxman, former director of the Anti-Defamation League, gave a statement to the Times of Israel explaining why he found this “pledge of allegiance” to Trump is so disturbing:
“As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” he told The Times of Israel.
“We’ve seen this sort of thing at rallies of neo-Nazis. We’ve seen it at rallies of white supremacists. But to see it at a rally for a legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States is outrageous.”
“It is a fascist gesture,” Foxman said. “He is smart enough — he always tells us how smart he is — to know the images that this evokes. Instead of asking his audience to pledge allegiance to the United States of America, which in itself would be a little bizarre, he’s asking them to swear allegiance to him.”