Some dubbed President Donald Trump the “Soup Nazi” — a reference to a famous “Seinfeld” episode — after he said cans of soups were being weaponized during protests over racism and police brutality in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump originally made the comments while meeting with the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership in July, according to Second Nexus. The clip resurfaced after Trump’s August 31 interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
The video started to go viral on Tuesday, September 1, after it was shared by netizen Acyn Torabi, who has a Twitter following of more than 85,000 people. The one-minute video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times. It also led “Soup Nazi” to become a top-trending topic on Twitter.
Trump Says Cans of Soup Are Worse Than Bricks
Trump claimed “anarchists” were throwing soup, arguing the cans were more dangerous than bricks because they were easier to throw and if they were caught with the item, they could play innocent.
“And you have people coming over with bags of soup—big bags of soup. And they lay it on the ground, and the anarchists take it and they start throwing it at our cops, at our police,” Trump said. “And if it hits you, that’s worse than a brick because that’s got force. It’s the perfect size. It’s, like, made perfect.”
He continued: “And when they get caught, they say, ‘No, this is just soup for my family.’ And then the media says, ‘This is just soup. These people are very, very innocent. They’re innocent people. These are just protesters. Isn’t it wonderful to allow protesting?’”
Trump then went on to disparage the media. “And, by the way, the media knows it better than we do. They know what’s going on,” the president added. “I don’t know what’s wrong with them. They’re doing our country a tremendous disservice — I’ll say that.”
Trump Shared Conspiracy Theories During His Interview With Ingraham
The soup claims went viral following Trump’s interview with Fox’s Ingraham on August 31. He said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was a “weak person” and claimed Portland, Oregon, has been burning for decades — among other statements that got political pundits talking.
“I don’t even like to mention Biden, because he’s not controlling anything. They control him,” he said to Ingraham, according to The Guardian. The anchor asked who was responsible and he replied, “People that you’ve never heard of. … People that are in the dark shadows.”
Ingraham said it sounded like Trump was talking about a conspiracy theory. “No,” he answered. “People that you haven’t heard of. They’re people that are on the streets. They’re people that are controlling the streets.”
When talking about the shooting of Jacob Blake — who was shot seven times in the back by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin — and the killing of Black Americans and subsequent protests over police brutality, Trump compared police shootings to golf, saying officers were “under siege”:
They can do 10,000 great acts, which is what they do, and one bad apple – or a choker – you know, a choker. They choke. Shooting the guy [Blake] – shooting the guy in the back many times. I mean, couldn’t you have done something different? Couldn’t you have wrestled him? You know, I mean, in the meantime, he might have been going for a weapon, and, you know, there’s a whole big thing there, but they choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a 3-foott putt.