Donald Trump entered his rally in San Jose, California, last Thursday to one of Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler’s favorite tunes, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
Richard Wagner was one of the 3 composers approved for general listening by the Nazi government during the World War II era; the other two were Ludwig van Beethoven and Anton Bruckner. Wagner lived from 1818 through 1883, and the University of South Florida names him as Hitler’s “favorite composer.”
Wagner has gone very firmly down in history as a seething racist, one who expressed his racism predominately through Antisemitism. As Deutsche Well, Germany’s “international broadcaster,” reported:
‘Richard Wagner writes of “the Jew” that he is “incapable … of artistic expression, neither through his outer appearance, nor through his language and least of all through his singing.” Instead, Wagner believed Jews could only “imitate art.”‘
The rally marks the intensifying of the general election looking fight between Trump and his supporters and everyone else. At the rally in question, Trump continued to spew his wild accusations against his likely general election opponent Hillary Clinton.
As Crooks and Liars reports:
‘According to others with the stomach to actually watch this debacle, Trump was spitting, repeating the same sentences over and over, and basically venting his spleen all over San Jose.’
In addition, the protests accompanying Trump rallies have continued to turn more violent, with protesters pelting people with eggs and assaulting the vehicles of attendees of the latest rallies in California.
So, it was a coincidence, you say? Richard Wagner is known as much for his hate as his music. It is all in character for Trump, and not in the least bit a coincidence. When avowed racists and leaders of the Klu Klux Klan expressed their support for Donald Trump’s campaign, Trump refused to disavow their violently racist activities.
You don’t really need to stretch to find the lethal racism inherent in Trump’s message. The last world leader to suggest the deportation of millions of people was Hitler, and his deportation plans were a mask for the genocide which has become known as the Holocaust.
Below, you can check out the clip from the rally, queued up to the point where the song plays.
You could almost say Trump is giving a Nazi salute in the image. Go ahead and take another look. Still though, you don’t need to stretch to see who Trump models his ideas after. It’s plainly clear.