For the second time, Donald Trump has asked his audience of supporters to raise their right hands and swear an oath of allegiance, a promise not to the United States, but to himself:
"Should we do the pledge? Should we do the pledge? Raise your hand: 'I swear I'm going to vote for Donald Trump next week, I swear.'"
Today's pledge was in Concord, North Carolina, a suburb of the largest population center in the Carolinas, Charlotte. But it's not the first instance of his having the crowd commit to him. Previously, he solicited the same pledge at a rally in Orlando, Florida.
Although the crowd seems to take it lightly, some feel this is a serious matter. The Hill reports:
Abraham Foxman, a former director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times of Israel in a story published earlier on Monday that the scene was reminiscent of a salute to Hitler. “As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” Foxman said.
“We’ve seen this sort of thing at rallies of neo-Nazis. We’ve seen it at rallies of white supremacists. But to see it at a rally for a legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States is outrageous.”
Whether that is an overblown response is up to the individual reader, but it can hardly be missed that this is both unusual and, for many Americans, extremely unsettling.
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