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Donald Trump Doll Gives 'Heil Hitler' Salute at Oakland Protest



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    A woman holds a Donald Trump doll giving a Nazi salute at an Oakland protest in front of City Hall. Nov. 10, 2016

    Donald Trump “The Apprentice” collectible dolls sell for between $25 and $50 on sites such as Amazon and eBay.

    And this week, his likeness, complete with dark suit and red tie, appeared at a #NotOurPresident Oakland protest outside City Hall. Only his owner had moved his left hand up, in a “Heil-Hitler” style salute. He was dangling on a string from a stick, and Michelle Luo documented the striking image and sent it to NBC Bay Area.

    "I am a software engineer and have been her for 16 years," Luo said, adding she is originally from Shanghai. "I have a white husband and a 4-month-old baby. Everything has been great until Donald Trump was elected president. I just feel the American dream is shattered. I'm afraid."

    So, when she saw a woman holding up the Trump doll with its hands raised, Luo photographed the striking image. "I thought she was so brave to wave it," Luo said.

    Others have burned Trump effigies in the streets, and a mysterious Syrian artist created a "Trumpette" doll, packaging it up in a "misogynistic box," the Telegraph reported.

    While half the country supports Trump, voting him in as the nation’s 45th president on Tuesday, many others fear his past statements calling for a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States and his desire to oust illegal immigrants. Trump also has the unabashed support of the Ku Klux Klan, which he has not openly courted, but not openly condemned, either. There are calls this week from activists to have him respond to the alarming number of hate-inspired activity cropping up across the country, including an attack on a student wearing a hijab at San Jose State University.

    A close-up look at a Donald Trump doll hanging from a pole outside Oakland City Hall. Someone put his left arm into a "Heil Hitler" salute. Nov. 10, 2016
    Photo credit: Michelle Luo

    The Anti-Defamation League noted a huge rise in anti-Semitic tweets against journalists from people with Trump in their Twitter bios this election season, and the Southern Poverty Law Center this week noted that the uptick of hate-crimes is extraordinary following Trump's election.

    This week, Trump's tone has changed a bit. He made a conciliatory speech trying to unite the country after being elected, and had a peaceful meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.

    At first, he blamed "the media" for all the protests around the country, but on Friday changed his tone. He tweeted: "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. Will all come together and be proud!"

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