Trump Doubles down on Voter Loyalty Pledge
Donald Trump doubled down on his right-handed loyalty pledge on Monday even after he received criticism that it resembled the “Heil Hitler” salute.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 7, 2016
“I think we’re going to do great here,” Trump said minutes into his rally in Concord, N.C., after reading off a series of favorable polling figures and vowing to win support in the state ahead of its March 15 primary.
“Should we do the pledge? Should we do the pledge?” the billionaire asked supporters. “Raise your hand: ‘I swear I’m going to vote for Donald Trump next week, I swear.'”
“Oh, wow. Just with the people here, I think, we win,” Trump commented, eyeing the crowd.
The Hill reports:
Trump similarly asked supporters at a rally in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday to raise their hands to pledge their vote to the outspoken businessman in that state’s primary later this month.
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.”
Trump continued during his rally in North Carolina to bash Marco Rubio and other rivals on the eve of Tuesday GOP voting in Idaho, Michigan, Hawaii and Mississippi.
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