'Unified Reich' Hoax One Of The Most Blatantly Dishonest Attacks On Trump Yet

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 03:10 PM

With a brand new set of polls showing Donald Trump leading in six of seven swing states, establishment media has stooped to new levels of transparent dishonesty in a desperate effort to derail his campaign.

The latest example? An all-out hoax that had major outlets telling Americans that Trump shared a video promising that his reelection would lead to the "creation of a unified Reich," in what was supposedly a shocking revelation of his intention to Make Nazism Great Again. 

Here's a sampling of the hysterical headlines: 

TV's talking heads gravely shared the news. ABC's George Stephanopoulos said Trump posted a video that "used language from Nazi Germany, the latest in a series of antisemitic and authoritarian statements from Trump and his campaign." Social media erupted in the latest round of bogus outrage, including this pearl-clutching tweet from archetypal deep-stater and Constitution-betraying mass surveillance architect Michael Hayden: 

The White House leapt headlong into the propaganda blitz. “It is abhorrent, sickening, and disgraceful for anyone to promote content associated with Germany’s Nazi government under Adolf Hitler,” said Deputy White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates. Piling dishonesty on dishonesty, here's Joe Biden recoiling in phony disbelief as he pretends to be seeing Trump's alleged abomination for the first time: 

So what actually happened? On Monday afternoon, Trump's Truth Social account reposted a video that had been created and posted by someone outside the campaign. The video used imagery of newspaper headlines to imagine a Trump victory in November and the beneficial consequences that would accompany it. 

The video was not created from scratch, but rather from a stock video template that anyone can buy online. Sold by Envato Elements, it's called "Newspaper Vintage History Headlines Promo." With its old-newspaper feel, whatever headlines are added to it are given a certain historical gravitas. Aside from the Trump-specific banner headlines, the video creator simply left intact all the minor, historical headlines that come with the template and serve as little more than background filler. 

For all the freaking out about Trump using the video to implicitly endorse the Third Reich, the vintage headline in question isn't even about that reich. It reads, "German Industrial Strength After 1871 Driven By The Creation Of A Unified Reich." 

"It's difficult to convey just how fake the establishment American media really is," said Newsmax's Rob Schmitt, in this segment that lays bare the utter dishonesty behind the latest baseless outrage: 

Predictably, the so-called "fact checkers" at Snopes framed the video controversy in such a way that they could stamp "TRUE" on it, addressing merely whether Trump shared a video that contained the words "creation of a unified reich." Like many of the harpies on social media who've been called out for their deceptive descriptions of the video, Snopes blames the video creator for "fail[ing] to remove" the unified Reich headline -- as if that video creator had used Triumph Of The Will as their starting template.   

Meanwhile, with an article explaining why the video "isn't what people are making it out to be," The Atlantic's David Graham pleasantly surprised us -- only to then exasperate us by reinforcing one of the most persistent anti-Trump hoaxes of all. After explaining the benign nature of the video template, Graham proceeded to administer a Trump-mythology booster to The Atlantic's lefty readership, writing that "[Trump] called neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 'very fine people.”  

See that blurry little headline on the left? That reference to German industry in 1871 is what this whole thing is about. 

Let's go to the transcript...again. In a feisty exchange with reporters, Trump -- referring to politically diverse protesters and counter-protesters who showed up in Charlottesville -- said:

"You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides...You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name."

After questioning whether statues of historical figures should be removed solely because the person in question had some involvement with slavery, Trump said

"You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people -- and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists -- because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly."

Just as the "very fine people" hoax persists at The Atlantic and nearly everywhere else, we're guessing the "unified reich video" hoax will have staying power too. In any event, it looks like it's time for Scott Adams to issue another update to his hoax quiz...