Donald Trump supporters use Nazi term to abuse journalists

Backers of Republican candidate filmed using a German word meaning 'lying press' made popular by Hitler's party

Benjamin Kentish
Sunday 23 October 2016 12:40 BST
Men shout 'Lugenpresse' at reporters at Trump rally

Supporters of Donald Trump have been filmed using a Nazi term to abuse journalists.

A recording made after a speech by the Republican presidential candidate in Cleveland, Ohio, shows people attending the event staying behind to yell abuse at reporters.

One shouts: “Lϋgenpresse – that’s what you are”.

Another man then repeats the word before the first says: “You said it right.”

The phrase, meaning “lying press” in German, was frequently used by the Nazis to attack parts of the media deemed to be not loyal enough to the party or its aims. It often went hand-in-hand with anti-Semitic claims about Jews or communists controlling the media.

More recently the term has become popular among far-right nationalists in Germany who use it to complain the media is not telling the truth about immigrants and Islam. Anti-Muslim protestors have been heard to shout ‘Lϋgenpresse, halt die Freese” ("Shut up, lying press") during rallies.

Last year the term was voted the German ‘Non-Word of the Year’ after being chosen from 730 suggestions.

"'Lϋgenpresse' is a word contaminated by the Nazis," Nina Janich, a professor at the Technical University Darmstadt and the head of the selection panel, said at the time.

Mr Trump has consistently attacked the American media for what he perceives as bias against him. In the video filmed after his latest rally by Buzzfeed reporter Rosie Gray, a man holding a sign saying ‘Make America Great Again’ and wearing a corresponding baseball cap is joined by another Trump supporter as they shout the Nazi term at the reporter.

“You’re all in bed with the Clintons”, one of the men then adds, before attacking the reporters’ publication.

“Buzzfeed really sucks”, he shouts.

Another Trump supporter appears to partially defend the reporters, saying: “They’re nice people. They vote too. They didn’t give all their money to Clinton – did you?”

The incident occurred on the same day as Mr Trump gave a major speech near the site where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in 1863.

In the speech, Mr Trump said he would sue every woman who had accused him of sexual assault.11 have come forward in recent days to claim they were assaulted by the businessman, following the leaking of a tape appearing to show the billionaire boasting about grabbing women by the genitals.

Mr Trump told supporters: “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign, total fabrication. The events never happened. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.”

He also accused Democrat rival Hillary Clinton of being behind the claims.

“It was probably the [Democratic National Committee] and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with these fabricated stories”, he added.

Later in the speech Mr Trump outlined what he would do in his first 100 days in office, including deporting illegal immigrants, cancelling US payments to international climate change programmes and repeal Obamacare.

He also repeated his attacks on media outlets including CNN, NBC and the Washington Post for “trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do” and "suppress my vote and the voice of the American people”.

A spokeswoman for Mrs Clinton dismissed the speech as “rambling, unfocused, full of conspiracy theories and attacks on the media”.

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