Amid calls to drop out of the presidential race and basically every thinking person in the United States rebuking and repudiating his blatantly fascist platform, Donald Trump sits triumphant – unbothered – in the comparisons made between him and the worst scourge of the 20th Century, Adolf Hitler. Not because they don’t fit but because others also made mistakes he wants to repeat.
When asked by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Tuesday, if the increasing comparisons to Hitler in the media and even in his own party gave him pause, the answer from Trump was a resounding “No.”
No, because what I am doing is no different than what FDR — FDR’s solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese, you know, many years ago.
Repeating one of the biggest mistakes the United States of America has ever made — our darkest black eye and deepest shame — is Trump’s highest aspiration.
His attempt to wear the mantle of FDR for only his mistakes, the decisions that time showed to be wrong and shameful, seems a delusional’s descent into madness. FDR was working with a blank slate, that is our country had never seen a “World War” before and had no experience to draw from to make these decisions, and he made some bad choices.
Trump mentioned presidential proclamations Roosevelt issued “having to do with alien Germans, alien Italians, alien Japanese”:
They went through a whole list of things — they couldn’t go five miles from their homes, they weren’t allowed to use radios, flashlights. Take a look at what FDR did many years ago, and he’s one of the most highly respected presidents… They named highways after him.
Trump has the benefit of KNOWING that internment camps and the above policies are wrong yet wants to repeat them. A total ban on Muslims, a registry, treating all Muslims like terrorists, locking them up for “our safety,” when the overwhelming majority of Muslims condemn the radicals in their religion as much as we do. Wow, seems like a great way to push more and more people to radicalization.
Trump emphatically claimed that he isn’t praising the creation of internment camps, and horrific xenophobic policies, but when asked if he wanted to bring back policies like he mentioned above, he answered:
No, I don’t [want] to bring it back, George. At all. I don’t like doing it at all. It’s a temporary measure until our representatives, many of whom are grossly incompetent, until our representatives can figure out what’s going on.
The concentration camps were a temporary measure too: until the Germans could find countries willing to take their “undesirables.” Trump’s distorted hindsight is glorifying the fascist regime’s worst aspects while attempting to wrap it in a sort of cloak of decency because a guy we name highways after didn’t know any better close to a hundred year ago.
By the way, we have a HOLIDAY named for a Slaver who committed genocide, because he was the first to do so in the America (Columbus). That doesn’t make slavery or genocide ok, Mr. Trump.
Trump has gone from being a national embarrassment to a f*cking danger to the entire world, yet still leads in many states. Good job GOP – this is what you built.
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