Trump uses Nazi symbol to seek neo-Nazi support

In reporting on events, the Observer draws on factual evidence primarily, but tries not to fall into the trap of thinking he has to prove every assertion as if he were in a court of law. To be sure, every effort must be made to avoid misrepresentation or simply making things up. Opinions should be supported by evidence.  Assertions need to be sustained by a “preponderance of the evidence”,  but not by “proof  beyond a reasonable doubt”.

In essence, on some matters the test that makes sense is, “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.”

Donald Trump’s recent use of a Nazi symbol that was used by the Nazis to identify political prisoners in concentration camps should be called out for what it is:  a blatant attempt to appeal to neo-Nazis and their sympathizers for support.


Ali Beland, “Nazis Put This Symbol on Political Opponents’ Arms. Now Trump is Using It; The upside down red triangle was used in Hitler’s concentration camps,” Mother Jones, June, 2020.

There can be no excuses here.  It was done by Donald Trump’s campaign.  That means it was done by Donald Trump.

The tragic state of our news media was revealed by the fact that most media stories focused on the fact that Facebook took down the ads using the symbol, rather than on the astounding and obscene fact that the President of the United States had used the symbol in appealing for Neo-Nazi and white supremecist support.

With Trump appealing to fascists, fascism can’t be far begind.

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.