Many have likened President Donald Trump to the despicable evil man Adolf Hitler. Granted, by doing so you risk the chance of being reported on social media outlets. It takes a special kind of evil to be as evil as Hitler was and claiming Trump is the next Hitler may be an overreach.
However, in a convincing New York Times op-ed written by Charles Blow he laid out a legitimate argument and comparison of Trump to Hitler. He acknowledged that it’s an extreme figure to compare Trump with.
‘The reference is deemed far too extreme, too explosive, too far beyond rational correlation. No matter how bad a present-day politician, not one of them has charted or is charting a course to exterminate millions of innocent people as an act of ethnic cleansing.’
Very true. Trump is bad, but he’s not Adolf Hitler bad. However, what Blow points to in this comparison is the similarities between Trump and Hitler’s strategies to gain power. Furthermore, he added Trump is not the only one who has used those same strategies to gain political influence and office.
‘The forthcoming comparison isn’t to Hitler the murderer, but to Hitler the liar.’
Specifically, Blow pointed to the act of “purposeful lying.” He included an excerpt from Mein Kampf which explained the use of purposeful lying.
‘In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.’
Confused? Blow breaks it down in a simpler explanation.
‘Tell a lie bigger than people think a lie can be, thereby forcing their brains to seek truth in it, or vest some faith in it, even after no proof can be found.’
One example off the top of one’s head could be Trump’s remarks on Mexicans.
‘They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’
Any reasonable individual with half a brain knows this is an outrageous claim. However, his supporters ate it up. One could compare that to the multitude of despicable things Hitler said about Jewish men and women. When justifying the Nuremberg Legislation, Hitler said:
‘One of the principle reasons for the legislation in Germany is the necessity to combat Bolshevism. This legislation is not anti-Jewish, but pro-German. The rights of Germans are thereby to be protected against destructive Jewish influences.’
Pro-German? Pro-America! Make America Great Again! Hitler climbed to power promising he would make Germany great again.
Blow also brings up the fact Trump uses the phrases, “I was told,” and “Lots of people are saying.” Specifically, it’s his way of shifting the blame from himself for telling a lie to some mystic figure who told him the lie first. Blow then provides the most recent example of this tactic. Trump was called out during a press conference for not contacting the families of four dead soldiers killed in Niger. He responded:
‘President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls.’
That is obviously a lie. When called out, yet again, he replied:
‘That’s what I was told.’
Blow also included another of Trump’s regularly used phrases – “A lot of people don’t know that.” Blow noted that Steve Benen remarked on this phrase saying:
‘These seven words are Trump’s way of saying, “I just learned something new, and I’m going to assume others are as ignorant as I am.”‘
Blow then surmised:
‘This is not a simple fear of the truth; it is a weaponizing of untruth. It is the use of the lie to assault and subdue. It is Trump doing to political ends what Hitler did to more brutal ends: using mass deception as masterful propaganda.’
He went on to say Trump’s tactics may not result in another Holocaust; however, it will bring about “a multitude of other, lesser horrors, in both protocol and policy, including the corrosion and regression of country and culture.’
Blow’s op-ed is an eye-opening, thoughtful essay that does indeed point out the similarities between Trump and Hitler. Trump may never kill millions of people; however, he will surely damage our country.
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