White House slams ‘sickening’ video shared by Trump referencing ‘unified Reich’

May 21, 2024

The White House blasted former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 21, after he shared a video on Truth Social that referenced a “unified Reich” if he won a second term—characterizing it “dangerous and offensive,” reports The Hill.

“It is abhorrent, sickening, and disgraceful for anyone to promote content associated with Germany’s Nazi government under Adolf Hitler,White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.

“Any Antisemitic dog whistling is dangerous and offensive—and profoundly un-American,” Bates added.

While Bates’s statement did not reference Trump by name—Hatch Act laws prevent White House officials from weighing in on the election—the Biden campaign was more direct.

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,’” Biden campaign spokesperson James Singer said in a statement.

Trump posted a video to his Truth Social page Monday night that featured hypothetical headlines about his potential victory in November, including one that referenced a “unified Reich.”

The video, which was not created by the Trump campaign, was taken down on Tuesday morning.

“This was not a campaign video, it was created by a random account online and reposted by a junior staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the President was in court,” Trump campaign spokesperson Karoline Leavitt said in a statement.

Trump has previously faced criticism for claiming Biden is running a “Gestapo administration,” referring to the secret Nazi police force. He also was widely rebuked for saying that immigrants entering the United States illegally are “poisoning the blood of our country;” and for calling his opponents “vermin,” language that echoed Hitler.

Research contact: @thehill