Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump deleted a campaign ad on Twitter after users brought to his attention that Nazis soldiers appeared in it.
The image, tweeted with a caption of his campaign slogan “#MakeAmericaGreatAgain,” included an image of him, the White House, $100 bills and Waffen-SS troops overlaying an American flag.
“We need real leadership. We need results. Let’s put the US back into business!” was printed below the ad.
After several users pointed out that Trump’s team had apparently mistaken the Nazi fighters for US soldiers, the tweet was quickly removed.
— Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) July 14, 2015
The photo was later found in a Stock image website, tagged under topics such as “German Culture” and “Fascism” and clearly showing the Waffen-SS insignia on the sleeve of their uniforms.
According to CNN‘s MJ Lee, the Trump campaign blamed an intern for accidentally posting the image, and apologized for the incident.
Confirmed: Trump used a recent pic of fat, middle-aged WW2 Waffen-SS reenactors for his OH SHIT campaign ad: https://t.co/8j5T1pB3si
— John Schindler (@20committee) July 14, 2015
According to a USA Today poll published Tuesday, Trump surged to the top of the Republican presidential field, leading at 17 percent, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush at 14%.
But the billionaire is also the weakest competitor among the top seven GOP candidates against Democrat Hillary Clinton.