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Donald Trump tweets image of Nazi soldiers inside the U.S. flag, then deletes tweet

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump (or, should we say, Donald Trump's Twitter account), tweeted one more plug for the GOP presidential candidate's campaign.

#MakeAmericaGreatAgain, the hashtag read. Then came an image of the American flag, the stars resplendently laid over a portrait of Trump gazing sternly at something, the stripes over motifs of American triumphalism: cash money, the White House, and soldiers.

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An all-caps caption declared: "We need real leadership. We need results. Let's put the U.S. back into business!"

Except, there was a problem. As Twitter users quickly pointed out, the soldiers in the bottom-right of the image were not American. They weren't even from an Allied military. They were German World War II soldiers.

Twitter sleuths set about linking the image to a stock photo of reenactors in what appears to be Nazi uniforms.

This former professor at the Naval War College appeared convinced.

And the left-of-center Web site Mother Jones made this handy GIF:

Trump's original tweet was swiftly deleted and the Trump campaign eventually pinned the error on an intern, as one journalist reported:

Trump is hardly alone in making these gaffes. Earlier this year, it appeared a video put out by Rick Perry's political action committee, touting the former Texas governor's knowledge of military history, used a stock image of a Russian warship instead of an American vessel.

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