Senator Anna Kaplan Condemns Use of Nazi Salute by Political Candidates

Senator Anna M. Kaplan

September 18, 2022

During a rally in Youngstown, Ohio last night, Donald Trump urged supporters to salute him in a manner not seen since the "Heil Hitler" salute used by the Nazis

The salute was repeated at a campaign event for Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania

CARLE PLACE, NY (SEPTEMBER 18, 2022) - Following rallies held this weekend by former President Donald Trump and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania, where supporters were instructed to salute in a manner not seen since the "Heil Hitler" salute used by the Nazis, Senator Anna M. Kaplan (D-North Hills) issued the following statement:

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “Last night at a rally held by the former President, and today at a political rally held by a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, supporters were urged to hold up their right hands in a unified salute that should shock the conscience of every American for its remarkable similarity to the "Heil Hitler" salute used by the Nazis.

I talk a lot about the importance of learning the history of the Holocaust -- so that we don't repeat history's darkest chapter ever again -- and the horrifying images from these events remind us that we have a lot more work to do yet.

I call on every American to join me in sharply denouncing the use of Nazi symbolism and imagery anywhere in our political process, and I call on these campaigns to immediately end the use of this shocking salute in their rallies."