Trump hand-raising raises hackles over Hitler echoes
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Trump hand-raising raises hackles over Hitler echoes

Republican front-runner has supporters swear to support him, says 'bad things will happen' if they don't

People raise their arms as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asks them to pledge that they will vote for him during a campaign rally at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida on March 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
People raise their arms as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asks them to pledge that they will vote for him during a campaign rally at the CFE Arena on the campus of the University of Central Florida on March 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump urged his supporters to raise their right hand and vow to support him, at a campaign rally on Saturday, drawing comparisons to a Nazi rally amid allegations by critics that a vote for him is tantamount to a vote for Hitler.

Photos from the event in Orlando, Florida, earned Trump dozens of comparisons to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, with social media users saying the gesture was reminiscent of the “Heil Hitler” salute.

“Let’s do a pledge. Who likes me in this room?” Trump said at the rally. “Raise your right hand. I do solemnly swear that I — no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever — will vote, on or before the 12th, for Donald J. Trump for president.”

The audience, including a man dressed as a wall, eagerly complied. And one man raised his dog’s paw.

Donald Trump at a rally in Orlando, Florida on March 5, 2016.  (screen capture: YouTube)
Donald Trump at a rally in Orlando, Florida on March 5, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)

“Don’t forget you all raised your hands,” Trump said. “You swore. Bad things happen if you don’t live up to what you just did.”

It wasn’t long before photos of the spectacle caused a stir on social media.

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