Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler

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.

2 thoughts on “Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler

  1. Hi, George.

    I agree that these are scary times, and I also agree that we need a landslide for Biden.

    As for the comparison with Hitler, I just finished reading Corelli’s Mandolin, set in Greece during WW II. There was a lengthy description of Mussolini, and I thought, good grief, that’s trump! Then I heard historian Michael Beschloss make the same comparison. Regardless, he’s dictatorial.

    I’ve written several posts about him lately—most recently today. I hope the American people realize how much power we have through our votes and won’t let him discourage voting, which is clearly his goal.

    Thanks for your post.

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    1. Dear George and Annie,

      I can’t agree with you more. Regarding the POTUS’ Twitter account, some would even argue that it should have been suspended or terminated a long time ago for continually unleashing falsehood, misinformation and mass distrust. Fortunately, he has not (yet) been given free access to software or button(s) with which to launch weapon(s) of mass destruction.

      In any case, those who are fair-minded and discerning are not easily swayed by his constant thrashing around and beating in the bush. Speaking of whether “the president really is a very stable genius”, SoundEagle’s adage is that Trump is a fool’s idea of a genius. In addition, the POTUS has long slid from being a “Law and Order” President to a “Flaw and Border” President.

      The whole saga of this presidency can be summed up in one graphical image at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/best-quotation-to-win-an-exclusive-loyal-contract-to-make-pig-boss-company-great-again/

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