The History of The Concentration Camp Badge in a Team Trump Ad For Facebook - 2020-06-18
Triangles were used by Nazis to classify the different people placed in concentration camps. Different colored triangles denoted different reasons for imprisonment, such as green identifying criminals or pink identifying homosexuals. Jews were identified with yellow stars, but a separate color triangle may have noted any other reason they were imprisoned. According to both the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) encyclopedia and the Jewish Virtual Library, the red stars were used to denote political prisoners. In its Twitter thread, Bend the Arc noted that the red triangle was also used to pinpoint people who had rescued Jews.
According to The Washington Post, the symbol was also used to identify communists, social democrats, liberals, and freemasons beginning in the 1930's. The USHMM notes that the first concentration camps were established in 1933 after Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor. Police would arrest soon-to-be political prisoners and bring them to court, but if the person was acquitted, police would often take the person to a concentration camp. German Communist party Ernst Thälmann was one example of a political prisoner who was imprisoned in a concentration camp for 11 years, before he was killed. Like many others during the Holocaust, political prisoners were forced into labor and died from mistreatment, accidents, starvation, disease.
Trump has spoken out as protests against police brutality have swept the nation. On May 31, he tweeted that the United States would declare "ANTIFA" a terrorist organization.