Chilling as it is, you need to watch this 6-minute video of the 1939 event in Madison Square Garden when 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City.
Now that Richard Spencer is holding rallies in the name of white supremacy & Trump is revving up his ultranationalist base, those pre-war crowd numbers may be predictive. Like the Nazis 78 years ago, today’s neo-Nazis fan the flames of hatred with the memes of patriotism.
The 1939 event was called, “Rally for America.” Their stage showcased George Washington and the Stars & Stripes. The crowd says the Pledge of Allegiance and sings the national anthem. Without a trace of irony, the German-accented speaker shouts: “Our country must be returned to the American people who founded it.”
Thanks to Letty Cottin Pogrebrin for bringing this to my attention.