Donald Trump's Account Shares Video Suggesting 'Unified Reich,' a Term Associated with Nazi-Era Germany


<p>Shannon Stapleton-Pool/Getty</p> Donald Trump in New York City on Jan. 11, 2024

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Donald Trump in New York City on Jan. 11, 2024

A recent post on former U.S. President Donald Trump's social-media account is raising eyebrows among many, including current President Joe Biden.

The post on Trump's platform from Monday, May 20, which has since been deleted, consisted of a 30-second video of faux headlines featuring stories about Trump, 77.

Included was one hypothetical headline that read, "WHAT'S NEXT FOR AMERICA?", with a sub-heading underneath that stated, "INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED DRIVEN BY THE CREATION OF A UNIFIED REICH."

The "unified Reich" term was one often used in Nazi-era Germany, as pointed out in a post on X (formerly Twitter) by Biden, 81.

In a statement obtained by multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and The New York Times, Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt said, "This was not a campaign video, it was created by a random account online and reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while [Trump] was in court" on Monday.

<p>Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty</p> Donald Trump in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Jan. 23, 2024

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Donald Trump in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Jan. 23, 2024

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She also accused Biden of being "the real extremist," while the president's 2024 campaign spokesperson James Singer said in a statement, "America, stop scrolling and pay attention."

"Donald Trump is not playing games; he is telling America exactly what he intends to do if he regains power: rule as a dictator over a 'unified reich,' " Singer continued.

He went on to accuse Trump of previously "parroting" Adolf Hitler's 1925 manifesto Mein Kampf "while [warning] of a bloodbath if [he] lose(s)."

"[It's] the type of unhinged behavior you get from a guy who knows that democracy continues to reject his extreme vision of chaos, division and violence," Singer added in his statement.

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<p>Kevin Dietsch/Getty, Angela Weiss-Pool/Getty</p> Joe Biden; Donald Trump

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Joe Biden; Donald Trump

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Trump, who has been in court as he faces 34 felony counts of falsified business records, previously drew rebuke for his escalating language around immigration after he told supporters back in December 2023 that migrants entering the United States are "poisoning" the nation's blood. His comments closely reflected those of Hitler as the German leader argued his case for Nazism.

Speaking to a crowd in Durham, New Hampshire, Trump said, “They let — I think the real number is 15, 16 million people into our country. When they do that, we got a lot of work to do. They’re poisoning the blood of our country.”

He continued, "That’s what they’ve done. They poison mental institutions and prisons all over the world, not just in South America, not just to three or four countries that we think about, but all over the world. They’re coming into our country from Africa, from Asia, all over the world."

Hitler used similar phrasing in his antisemitic manifesto Mein Kampf, which laid out an overtly racist political ideology and said, "All great cultures of the past perished only because the originally creative race died out from blood poisoning."

PEOPLE reached out to Trump's campaign spokesperson for comment at the time.

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