Audience members at a Trump rally on Saturday insulted members of the media with a Nazi term for World War II journalists who refused to toe the party’s line.
“Lügenpresse!” shouted a man in full “Make America Great Again” regalia in video posted by political reporter Rosie Gray.
“Lügenpresse!” shouted a man next to him. “Did I say it right?”
“You said it right,” said the first rally goer.
“You’re all in bed with the Clintons,” said the second man. “You’re all bought and paid for.”
Friendly interaction outside the press pen. "Lugenpresse!" pic.twitter.com/MWUZynJ8jx
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) October 23, 2016
CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out that “Lügenpresse” was a Nazi term.
“Lügenpresse, “lying press,” literally a Nazi-era term. You know, Nazis — the evil forces the US and allies defeated,” he tweeted, along with a link to a Reuters article about the term’s history and its recent resurgence among modern neo-Nazis.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 23, 2016
“‘Luegenpresse’ is a word contaminated by the Nazis,” said linguist Nina Janich — a professor at the Technical University Darmstadt — to Reuters.
“It’s used deliberately in the PEGIDA [the neo-Nazi group, “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”] movement to steer it against those (in the media) who criticize their movement,” Janich explained.