Despite my total distaste for Donald Trump ever since he first ran for President, I’d previously thought that the above comparison was an exaggeration–I’m not so sure any longer. An Op-Ed by Dana Milbank in Today’s Washington Post, comparing the burning of the Reichstag in the days of Hitler’s rise to power to what’s going on in America today rings true in a very chilling way.
Hitler’s demonizing, and later murdering, of Jews, homosexuals, and anybody not of the “Aryan” race compares with Trump’s words and actions against immigrants (presumably non-white) and people of color who would “pollute” the “beautiful suburbs” due to expanded fair housing laws (which he’s reversed by executive order). His failure to robustly condemn white supremacy after the terrible events in Charlottesville, Virginia several years ago, and his defense of monuments to Confederate heroes stand as marks of who and what he really believes in. How does his motto “America First” really differ from the anthem used by the Nazis, “Deutschland Uber Alles”, other than in the country promoted?–not much at all.
I was reminded by a recent historical article that Hitler originally rose to power by a democratic process. Very recently, Trump has said that he’s looking to run and serve “at least two more terms” as President (which is currently unconstitutional). Trump has repeatedly refused to agree that he would leave office if he loses the November election, remarks that have only received the most tepid push-back from fellow Republicans. Again, this is all very scary to me. In addition. he continually attacks the voting process, particularly mail-in voting, which will certainly play a larger part in the upcoming election than ever previously (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so badly mismanaged by his administration). Already, people who have acted to vote early in places where that’s begun have been harassed by pro-Trump people yelling “four more years”, as they try to exercise their Constitutional rights. Today there is a report that the Trump campaign has hired thousands of lawyers to contest votes throughout the nation. While Trump’s claim is that the only way Joe Biden can win is by “cheating”, it’s clear that he (Trump), won’t miss any dirty tricks to “win” a race that all signs point to him losing.
So, I am getting a bit nervous as to what lies ahead over the next month. I fervently hope for good debate performances by Joe Biden, and that he stands up well to the bullying tactics that Trump will surely use. If I had one question that I think Biden should ask of Trump it would be: “why should I, or the American People, believe you on anything you say?”.
Here’s hoping that the American electorate comes to it’s senses on November 3rd, corrects it’s grievous mistake of 2016, and relieves Donald Trump of his office. Given the current circumstances, I think that will require an overwhelming Biden victory.