It’s easy, perhaps too easy, to make comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler. Both capitalized on their country’s deep-seated fear and bigotry to bring populism to the front and center.
Trump hates (or at least pretends to hate) Latin American immigrants. He hates (or fears) Syrian immigrants. He’s not real big on women unless they figuratively kiss his feet and look like supermodels while doing it. He doesn’t like black people. He wants to register Muslims and possibly round them up, concentration camp, or at least internment camp, style. The only major difference between Trump’s rhetoric and Hitler’s is the fact that Trump hasn’t said too much about Jews.
Most Trump supporters barely have a high school diploma, which is likely one of the reasons a troll was able to fool Trump’s followers by posting a quote from Hitler.
Addicting Info was able to get a screen grab of the post:
Now, to be fair, the quote, “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice,” is one of Hitler’s milder quotes. Any Ted Nugent Facebook post, and frankly, most Trump rhetoric, is even worse.
The Charleston City Paper ran a Trump vs. Hitler quiz. Here are some examples:
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
Who says I am not under the special protection of God?
I do not see why man should not be as cruel as nature.
The more economic difficulties increase, the more immigration will be seen as a burden.
Great liars are also great magicians.
Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.
Okay, to be fair, all of those are Hitler. Trump’s actual quotes are even worse and they all sound like they were uttered by a fifth grader:
Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.
I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.
I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.
It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.
I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.
The line of ‘Make America great again,’ the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody’s using it, they are all loving it. I don’t know I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it. (No, he didn’t coin it. Ronald Reagan used it for his campaign in 1979.)
Trump also said that he would require a database for Muslims, and when asked about the Hitler comparison by a reporter, Trump said:
‘Is there a difference between requiring Muslims to register and Jews in Nazi Germany?’ A clearly annoyed Trump at first refused to respond, but then told the reporter, ‘You tell me,, and walked away.
In another interview, George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if the Hitler comparisons bother him. Trump said, “no,” and then compared himself to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his most shameful legacy, the Japanese internment camps.
‘Because what I’m doing is no different than what FDR [did]. FDR’s solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese many years ago,’ he continued. ‘This is a president who was highly respected by all. He did the same thing — if you look at what he was doing it was far worse.’