TRUMP - HITLER COMPARISONS UNWARRANTED? UNFAIR?
This November 1922 article about Hitler in the New York Times should be a stark reminder just how dangerous rhetoric can be:
But, several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as bait to catch messes of followers, and keep them aroused, enthusiastic and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes.
A sophisticated politician credited Hitler with peculiar political cleverness for laying emphasis and over emphasis on anti-Semitism, saying: “You can’t expect the masses to understand or appreciate your finer real aims. You must feed the masses with cruder morsels and ideas like anti-Semitism. It would be politically all wrong to tell them the truth about where you really are leading them.”
I’m not saying a Trump presidency would lead to mass genocide on the scale of the Holocaust. But, his rhetoric is already dangerous. Watch as his supporters shove and scream at a young black woman at a Trump rally in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday night, while Trump himself can be heard yelling “Get out!”:
AND MORE OF THE SAME:
And here's some more entertaining violence!
Now, of course, all of this strong-arming, shoving, punching against peaceful rally attendees, is done in the name of Free Speech or as Trump proclaims, not being "Politically Correct," or telling it (in this case "showing") like it is. Here's one more video clip very much related to the current rise of The Donald on the American political scene.
Donald Trump, of course, current frontrunner and likely Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States, does not see himself as a prototypical "Hitler-type." In fact, he bristles at the comparisons as do his supporters. He says he is being strong, forthright, honest, politically incorrect and simply telling the American people "like it is."
Pretty much the same rhetoric that so enthralled the German people back before WWII.