FACT CHECK: Did Trump Post An Ad Referencing A ‘Unified Reich’?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

President Joe Biden claimed former President Donald Trump posted an ad on his Truth Social account that made a reference to a “Unified Reich.”

Verdict: Misleading

The Trump campaign did not make the video. It was made by a Trump supporter and reposted on Trump’s Truth Social account.

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Biden posted a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, alleging that Trump posted a campaign video that features optimistic claims of Trump’s future victory in the 2024 presidential elections. The video showed several headlines from simulated news articles and images of Trump throughout the video. On one of the news clippings in the montage there is a line that references a “Unified Reich.”

Biden in the video appears to ask his staff, “Is this on his official account, wow.” He then says, “A Unified Reich that’s Hitler’s language that’s not America’s. He cares about holding on to power. I care about you.”

Trump’s campaign claims the post was done by a staffer and clarified the video was not made by the campaign itself, according to The Atlantic. Trump did repost the clip to his Truth Social, but it was taken down soon after, ABC News reported. (RELATED: Did CNN Show This Chyron During Press Conference With Ilhan Omar?)

According to NBC News, Trump’s team claims to have missed the print in one of the images that mentions the “reich.” Karoline Leavitt, a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, told reporters, “this was not a campaign video, it was created by a random account online and reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the President was in court.”

The video appears to have used a newspaper stock image to create the video. “Reich” is a German word meaning “kingdom” or “realm.” Hitler called Nazi Germany theThird Reich,” the first two being the Holy Roman Empire of the German People, and the German Empire that was defeated in World War I, according to The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

According to the Associated Press, the clip mentioning the Reich was from a Wikipedia entry about World War I. The entry reads, “German industrial strength and production had significantly increased after 1871, driven by the creation of a unified Reich.”

CNN reported that the template was traced back to a Turkish graphic designer. The designer told CNN,”I didn’t know it is my power to change politics … I don’t know what could be crazier than that. Imagine if your work shakes a country.”

Check Your Fact reached out to the Trump and Biden campaign for comment.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter