USA Today caught loads of flak on Twitter after rendering “True” a fact-check on whether or not a Trump campaign T-shirt design featuring an eagle is similar to Nazi imagery.
The President of the United States is campaigning for reelection with a Nazi symbol. Again.
On the left: an official Trump/Pence “America First” tee.
On the right; the Iron Eagle, the official symbol of the Nazi party.
⁰It’s not an accident. Bigotry is their entire brand. pic.twitter.com/mSOBxwf7Wa
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) July 1, 2020
After acknowledging that the eagle is “widely used in American political imagery,” the outlet described Nazi Germany’s use of the “Imperial Eagle” for its own symbol.
“The T-shirt for sale on the Trump campaign’s website is called the ‘America First Tee,'” USA Today wrote. “The design includes a left-facing eagle, holding a round emblem with the U.S. flag inside and ‘Trump 2020’ in a banner underneath. Forward also reported the eagle was a stock image, based on sleuthing from Twitter. The stock art linked in the Forward article has since been removed.”
USA Today then described “key differences” in the design: “In Trump’s, the eagle holds the American flag up near its chest; the Nazi symbol holds the swastika lower. Trump’s design also features ‘Trump 2020’ below it. The American eagle is also a bald eagle, whereas the Nazi eagle is depicted as an all-black bird.” (RELATED: ‘They Will Not Stop Until Real Blood Is Spilled’: Chris Bedford And Tucker Carlson Discuss The Meaning Of Statue Removals)
Nevertheless, the comparison still earned a “True” rating:
The claims that a Trump campaign T-shirt has come under criticism for using a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle is TRUE, based on our research. But it is worth noting that the eagle is a common symbol in American politics, and is included in the presidential seal of the U.S., as well as many federal departments.
The rating earned the outlet a good degree of hazing on Twitter:
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 12, 2020
— Nan Hayworth, M.D. (@NanHayworth) July 12, 2020
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 12, 2020
Your disinformation and absolute deception echo Nazi propaganda.
Wow just wow.
— Geller Report (@PamelaGeller) July 12, 2020
An eagle on Trump campaign shirts is now a Nazi symbol?
— Jessie Jane Duff – Text FIGHT to 88022 (@JessieJaneDuff) July 12, 2020
Eagles are canceled, you guys. https://t.co/aasTAq8NA4
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 12, 2020
>The claim: This is literally on the dollar bill.
My ruling: Pathetic https://t.co/soaf4u6iq5
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) July 12, 2020
“But the eagle is widely used in American political imagery. The office of the American president and many Cabinet-level offices have official seals that also incorporate an eagle as the central design.” https://t.co/PGST73uJu7
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) July 12, 2020
The claim: The body led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regularly touts logo featuring imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol.
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) July 12, 2020
This Trump is a Nazi bullshit would be easier to believe if BLM and supporters weren’t openly praising Farrakhan and hating on the Jews. https://t.co/2acIkwqxTt
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) July 12, 2020