According to USA Today, the Trump campaign used “a Nazi symbol” on their new campaign t-shirts. After some people complained about the use of the alleged fascist imagery, the outlet set out to prove whether the campaign used the imperial eagle—the official mascot of the United States—and if it was indeed a “Nazi Symbol.”
The American Eagle.
The Official Logo of the United States.
Used by the President of the United States.
Is a “Nazi Symbol?”
Take a look:
The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol
Our ruling: True https://t.co/3eCiYdgQvK
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 12, 2020
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh may have said it best: “This is moronic.”
“In Democrats’ America, Mount Rushmore glorifies white supremacy and the bald eagle with an American flag is a Nazi symbol. They have lost their minds,” he added, per USA Today.
Here’s more on the symbol, via the report:
“The Great Seal of America” was developed in 1782 and also features a right-facing eagle, though the bird’s talons are spread, one holding arrows, the other holding an olive branch.
“Only one authorized Great Seal is in official use and is operated by the U.S. Department of State. The Great Seal is impressed upon official documents such as treaties and commissions. The Department of State affixes about 3,000 seals to official documents yearly,” according to the State Department’s website.
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.
I’ve seen some really bad media fact-checks, but never one that gives a true rating based solely on the fact that it’s true that a claim is being made regardless of whether the claim is accurate. https://t.co/wRD0VS7Eov
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) July 12, 2020
It is true that the Nazi party in Germany used an eagle in their logo, but that is not the real issue here.
The outlet is not saying the American Eagle is a “Nazi symbol,” they are saying it is a Nazi symbol when Trump uses it.
Here’s a real kicker: Nancy Pelosi uses the same eagle in the official House Speaker logo.
Check it out:
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 12, 2020
USA Today even reports there are differences in the eagle used by the Nazis and the eagle used by the Trump campaign.
“Both birds hold another national symbol in their talons, wings outstretched, with the head facing to the right to the viewer, or the eagle’s left,” the report reads, “But the designs have key differences.”
The report adds: “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.”
Here’s even more, from USA Today:
The T-shirt for sale on the Trump campaign’s website is called the “America First Tee.” The design includes a left-facing eagle, holding a round emblem with the U.S. flag inside and “Trump 2020” in a banner underneath.
Our ruling: True
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.
Worth noting, the Eagle is our National Bird. pic.twitter.com/hW7B3c1exS
— JJ (@JJBranchaud) July 12, 2020