Reality TV star Donald Trump tweeted an image Tuesday afternoon featuring his face, the White House, the American flag — and Nazi shock troops.
The 2016 Republican presidential candidate is no stranger to social media and regularly uses his perch on Twitter to deride critics and promote his multi-billion-dollar business empire.
So it likely came as no shock to his 3.2 million followers when he posted an image Tuesday reading, "We need real leadership. We need results. Let's put the U.S. back in business."
Buried in the bottom right corner of the now-deleted tweet, however, was an image of three individuals dressed as men serving in Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS, a notoriously murderous group that fought in World War II independent of the regular German army.
The tweet was quickly deleted after social media users quickly noted the picture's obvious problem.
"Mr. Trump has been in Charlottesville, Virginia all day at the opening of a development. A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo. The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet," a campaign spokesperson told the Washington Examiner's media desk.
As it turns out, the image in the Trump graphic comes from a stock photo of World War II reenactors dressed as Waffen-SS infantry.
The stock image features the tags "Armed Forces," "World War II," "German Culture," "Fascism" and "Walking."
Created as the armed wing of the infamous SS (Schutzstaffel), which served the Nazi Party with utmost loyalty, Adolph Hitler purposely kept the Waffen-SS from integrating with the regular German army so that its dedication would never be compromised by mixing it with non-fanatics. Like the group that it was created to serve, the Waffen-SS was designed to carry out the most horrific orders from party leaders.
Simply put, the men seen in the image tweeted by Donald Trump are dressed not merely as soldiers serving Nazi Germany — they are dressed as the worst of the worst.