In an interview with Rolling Stone MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said she was studying up on Hitler so she could better understand what life will be like under Donald Trump
Maddow said Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican Party has prompted her to search for historical equivalents, periods when cultures “have unexpectedly veered into dark places.” That search, she said, led her to 1930s Germany.
“Over the past year I’ve been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor,” she said. “I am gravitating toward moments in history for subliminal reference in terms of cultures that have unexpectedly veered into dark places, because I think that’s possibly where we are.”
Nothing makes me angrier than when pundits or politicians of any party make hyperbolic comparisons to political opponents and Hitler or Nazis because it serves to diminish the horrors for which the Nazis were responsible.
Maddow isn’t the first pundit or media personality who tried to label Donald Trump with fake Shoah references (Shoah is the word Jews use for the Holocaust it’s Hebrew for disaster). They are cheapening the memory of the Holocaust horrors.
You see more important to me than politics is the fact that I am a Jew, and I’m a Jew who had many family members who suffered at the hands of the “final solution.”
In February the Huffington Post ran an article called Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment said in part:
Hitler, calling for the golden-haired resurgence of a racially pure, nordic German Reich, was a swarthy Austrian. Das macht nichts (no problem). More importantly, Hitler was seen as the avenger of the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty and the economic destitution afflicting much of Germany. He vowed to make Germany great again (sound familiar?). That the particulars were an incoherent jumble didn’t matter either. He was the man of the hour.
The Washington Post’s editorial board was a bit more subtle, their editorial on Monday reminded readers
First, you don’t have to go back to history’s most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box.
Back in March Comedian Louis C.K said:
Please stop it with voting for Trump,” C.K. writes. “It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the ’30s. Do you think they saw the sh-t coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.”
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Donald Trump to Hitler and Mussolini. At the time, Peña Nieto said that Trump’s rhetoric was “the way that Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived.”
Those are powerful words for a man who runs a government with laws against Illegal Immigration more repressive than Trump ever suggested. Heck Trump just wants to send them back whence they came, under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years…
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