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Gavin Newsom lifts latest attack on Trump, fails to credit author

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, keeping up his criticism of Donald Trump late Friday, posted on Twitter and Facebook a Trump-inspired paraphrase of Martin Niemoller’s famous “first they came” statement about Nazism.

One thing was missing: Mention that a retired Air Force colonel, not Newsom, wrote the Trump-inspired take.

The paraphrase, which Newsom signs @gavinnewsom, is nearly identical to one retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe issued last year. Newsom updated his Facebook post to give Moe credit after his campaign was asked. “Good catch,” Newsom said on Twitter.

Here is Newsom’s original tweet:

In his post, Newsom changes the word “must” to “should” and “Hispanic immigrants” to “undocumented immigrants.” Otherwise, it is virtually identical to Moe’s paraphrase:

“You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with their government, because you’re not one.

“And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one.

“And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one.

“And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you're not one.

“But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope that there’s someone left to help you.”

The social media post comes in a week in which Trump’s wife, Melania, faced criticism for using language in her Republican National Convention speech borrowed from Michelle Obama’s remarks in 2008.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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