Trump's creepy praise of an anti-Semite's 'good bloodlines' triggers furious backlash
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.
“Ford is the only American mentioned by name in Hitler’s notorious ‘Mein Kampf,'” according to Religion News Service.
President Trump has repeatedly called Ford “legendary.”
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 #MMIW #FDT #LANDBACK (@PTM #MMIW #FDT #LANDBACK)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 (@Red)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