Reprinted with permission from Alternet
President Donald Trump once again is dog-whistling to his base. While delivering a campaign-style speech at a Michigan Ford auto plant that's been retooled to manufacture personal protective gear, Trump decided to take a walk into history and praise the company's founder, the infamous anti-Semite Henry Ford.
Henry Ford gave America the Model T, mass production, and after death, the non-profit Ford Foundation, but he also was an anti-Semite who reportedly blamed Jewish people for World War I and World War II, published anti-Semitic propaganda, and was a Nazi sympathizer.
On Thursday, Trump praised the anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer for having "good bloodlines."
The President says the founder of Ford has good bloodlines.. If you’re not familiar with Henry Ford, I would encour… https://t.co/lopYdPex8q— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1590094527.0
Social media users grew furious.
You know who also believed in "good bloodlines"? Adolf Hitler. That's who. https://t.co/jtsD7w09K3— PTM (@PTM)1590096370.0
Henry Ford was a Nazi sympathizer who wrote “The International Jew, the World’s Foremost Problem.” Hitler called… https://t.co/xkeDDJ8QxB— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@Bend the Arc: Jewish Action)1590098184.0
Trump talked about "good bloodlines" while at the Ford factory... Know who else talked about "good bloodlines"? Nazis.— Red, Noble Committee Marketing Director (@Red, Noble Committee Marketing Director)1590098093.0
The president just described nazi sympathizer Henry Ford as a man with “Good bloodlines.” https://t.co/AdnAd2vX7o— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1590096600.0
"Henry Ford, good bloodlines, good bloodlines. If you believe in that stuff, he had good blood." Ford hated Jews… https://t.co/vH81LIKVo4— Matt Braunger (@Matt Braunger)1590098978.0
Folks, he does this a lot. He really is a miseducated eugenicist, with bad blood lines. https://t.co/O4RfzPEa0A— Joan Walsh (@Joan Walsh)1590097465.0
Surprising NO ONE, @realDonaldTrump says that the virulent anti-Semite and Nazi-sympathizer, Henry Ford, has "good… https://t.co/kzldwWgkjx— Dr. Dena Grayson (@Dr. Dena Grayson)1590097074.0
Talking about Ford and his good bloodlines is seriously f’ed up. This is anti-semitic and pro-Nazi.… https://t.co/L8V9YC8qEt— Janet Johnson (@Janet Johnson)1590096860.0
Henry Ford definitely believed in that stuff https://t.co/jg8nA80KHZ— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait)1590094610.0
This isn't one of those "what the fuck is he saying" Trump rambles. He specifically calls out Henry Ford with euge… https://t.co/k4OvalLEd8— Gareth M. Skarka ↙️↙️↙️ (@Gareth M. Skarka ↙️↙️↙️)1590098450.0
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