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Donald Trump's 'America First' slogan was first used by US Nazi sympathisers

America First was an anti-Semetic organisation the urged the US to negotiate a peace deal with Hitler

Harry Cockburn
Friday 20 January 2017 19:12 GMT
Trump: 'America first, America first'

During his inauguration speech, Donald Trump hit his nationalist stride hard.

His belligerent address spoke of ending foreign aid, building up the country’s borders, and of “total allegiance to the United States”.

He also claimed the inauguration was not merely transferring power from one elected President to another, but was a transfer of power “from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the people”.

Mr Trump’s 20 minute address included a combative passage outlining his foreign policy goals.

He said: “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first.

He added: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

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In using the slogan “America First”, Mr Trump has, wittingly or unwittingly, branded his protectionist foreign policy with the name of 1940s isolationist anti-Semetic national organisation that urged the US government to negotiate a peace deal with Adolf Hitler. Mr Trump's previous use of the slogan was pointed out by Professor Susan Dunn at CNN.

One Kansas-based chapter of the America First organisation denounced British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as a “half-Jew”.

Mr Trump’s chilling call for “total allegiance” to the US has also set alarm bells ringing.

He said: “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America. And through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”

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