A crowd of over 4,000 people listen to Lindbergh address a rally of the America First Committee on Oct. 3, 1941.
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WASHINGTON: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boils down his foreign policy agenda to two words: "America First". For students of U.S. history, that slogan harkens back to the tumultuous presidential election of 1940, when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the anti-war America First Committee. Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to messages this week seeking comment about the America First slogan.The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, sent Trump a letter two months ago urging him to refrain from using "America First". He also marveled at the advanced fighters and bombers of the Luftwaffe.Upon his return to the United States, Lindbergh spoke favorably of the Nazis and published widely read opinion pieces saying the German military conquest of Europe was inevitable and that America should stay out of the war. In addition to Lindbergh, the executive committee of America First included the automaker Henry Ford, who had paid to publish a series of anti-Semitic pamphlets called The International Jew, and Avery Brundage, the former U.S. Olympic Committee chairman who had barred two American Jewish runners from competing at the Berlin Olympics.
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