ACTOR Christopher Meloni has sparked serious backlash after he compared Donald Trump's child supporters to Hitler Youth of the 1920s.
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star on Sunday derided a promotional video for the Republican National Convention, in which young Trump supporters shared their excitement for the annual event.
"So. CUTE! Not since watching Nazi Youth Newsreel footage have I felt this way. Heil Trump!" said Meloni.
RNC National Committee Toni Anne Dashiell shared the video on Saturday to generate buzz about the convention on Twitter ahead of scheduled convention in August.
The 47-second clip features two boys sporting pro-America t-shirts as they're interviewed by Dashiell on why they support the president.
"Do you guys like President Trump?" Dashiell asks the boys.
"Yeah!" responds one of the boys.
"You do? What do you like about him?"
"It's cause he fights for our freedom!," he responds.
"And he keeps us safe!," exclaims the boy beside him.
Some of Meloni's followers were horrified by the video, one of whom called the footage "creepy brainwashing".
"This is some creepy JoJo rabbit level brainwashing going on," said Colleen Stevenson, referencing the 2019 comedy film about a German boy who befriend his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler.
But several users bashed the actor for his sarcastic comments, calling him "desperate" and unpatriotic.
"The minute someone brings out the Hitler reference, I know they're desperate," said Pamela Giacinto.
"No that's what your Democrat cronies are trying to get us to do," said Helen Huggins.
"Quiet, Hate-triot. The Patriots are in control now!," said Gil Mont.
"So sad to see that this mom and her children are being shamed by a self-righteous mob!," said Ali Bambalon.
Meloni, who played the hot-headed NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the franchise for more than a decade, has been an avid critic of President Trump.
After Trump took office in January 2017, the 59-year-old actor called him a "f*****g d**k" and said he was "damaged goods" in response to a tweet about building the border wall between the US and Mexico.
Meloni recently lashed out at the Justice Department's decision to drop its case against Michael Flynn.
The actor quoted a headline about the news on May 7, the same day reports surfaced, and insinuated the US is now closer to "authoritarian rule."
""Justice Dept. moves to drop case against Michael Flynn, former Trump adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI"," he wrote.
"We take another step closer to authoritarian rule."
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