The woman who did a Nazi salute at a Trump rally: Not a Nazi, not saluting Trump

Birgitt Peterson, 69, says she’s not a Nazi. Rather, she thinks the people comparing Trump to Hitler are idiots, and her Nazi salute was her way of saying that.

Peterson was born in West Berlin in 1946 and became an American citizen in 1982.

“The Republican Party needs to be broken up, and I believe Donald Trump is the one to do it,” Birgitt Peterson, 69, told The New York Times.

After the [Donald Trump rally in Chicago] was canceled, the Petersons found themselves in the middle of a group of protesters, some of whom they described as “rude.” One  was holding a poster with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it.

Ms. Peterson … said she took offense to the comparison of Mr. Trump to Hitler.

“They said Trump is a second Hitler,” Ms. Peterson said. “I said do you know what that sign stands for? Do you know who Hitler really was?”

“I make the point that they are demonstrating something they had no knowledge about,” she said. “If you want to do it right, you do it right. You don’t know what you are doing.”

That is when she made the Nazi salute — a gesture that is banned in Germany — as a form of counterprotest. But that is all it was, she said.

“Absolutely I’m not a Nazi, no,” she said. “I’m not one of those.”

[Eli Rosenberg / The New York Times]

In other words, though I said the photo was exactly what it looks like, it’s not.

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