So what is Meaning of America First ?, especially in light of the way it was used in Donnie Trump’s Inaugural Address (see below).  The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has criticized the use of the America First meme in the Trump Campaign and harkens back to the use of the phrase in the national past.

Henry Ford (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ford) may have been one of the founders of the America First movement and contributed enough money to the Nazi’s to keep them afloat when the Party was just about to go under.  He wrote for the newspaper he bought, the Dearborn Independent, on the “International Jews” that he blamed for starting wars that made them a profit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dearborn_Independent).  Ford was a pacifist in WWI, but took it to an extreme by getting involved in international politics.

Taking an isolationist stance in WWII they had Charles Lindberg as their spokesperson and were rebranded as the America First Committee in 1940.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_First_Committee).

When Germany declared war on the United States after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, their Axis ally, the American First movement all but stopped.

So the meaning of America First is a white supremacist meme; and maybe it is a code for the Alt-Right supporters of Trump that he is on your side.

The whole Trump involvement could have been better expressed with naming their plans as: Buy America First and Put America First.  Especially after it was called out by the ADL.

From Trump’s Inaugural Address:

“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.”

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