Challenge Coins have their origins in the military; they're a little like a mission patch, commemorating some element of service or event, and they serve as a kind of badge of honor or respect -- you can show a challenge coin you've been given to people who were associated with its issuance as a way of demonstrating that you're on the same side.
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In a tweet this morning, Trump chooses the dehumanizing word "infest" to describe immigrants coming to the US. This is eerily similar to German Nazi propaganda "linking Jews and vermin or disease to Germany."
"Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!"
Twitter users responded strongly.
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Dashingly handsome young millionaire and renowned safari big game hunter Eric Trump took time off from ducking questions about ripping off his children's cancer charity funds to appear on Sean Hannity's state-run media channel and dehumanize Democrats.
“I mean, to me, they’re not even people,” Trump said of congressional Democrats investigating Trumps campaign’s ties to the Russia.
Saying that certain kinds of people are not in fact people is a classic technique of genocidal regimes through history. From the book, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, by James E. Waller:
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