Anti-Defamation League wants Trump to ditch new slogan
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wants GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE to stop using the phrase “America First” because it was once used by anti-Semites who wanted to keep the U.S. out of World War II.

“For many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.


Trump used the phrase repeatedly during his foreign policy address Wednesday in Washington, though it first popped up during an interview with The New York Times earlier this year.

He said he intends to make his foreign policy message one of “putting the American people first again.”

“We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism,” Trump said Wednesday.

The origins of “America First” date back decades; it originally referred to skeptics of U.S. involvement in World War II, though Trump so far has declined to draw a connection with the phrase’s history.

Critics say he may be unaware of the movement.