Last night I watched in stunned horror as Donald Trump spoke at a rally in South Carolina aboard the USS Yorktown, and one image came to mind: the Nuremberg rallies held by the Nazis in the 1930s.
Yes, I’m well aware of Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies which states:
“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.”
However, in this case, I think the analogy applies. It applies in ways we have not seen in decades, perhaps ever. Consider these quotes and tell me who said them:
- “You will never learn what I am thinking.”
- “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
- “It is not truth that matters, but victory.”
- “All great movements are popular movements.”
- “If you win, you need not have to explain. If you lose, you should be there to explain!”
How did you do? I have to admit that I got three out of five. All of these belong to Hitler except the second one, which is from Trump. But if you stop and look at them, is it difficult to imagine Trump saying all of them? It isn’t for me.
Just yesterday, Trump declared via press release:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Here’s what Hitler said regarding the Jews in Germany and Europe:
“This question is to be viewed without sentimentality. We’re not to have sympathy with the Jews, but only sympathy with our German people.”
One more comparison which should not only help prove my thesis but also provide you with more evidence of just how interchangeable the ideas of these two men are. Here we have Trump on Mexican immigrants:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, 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.”
Hitler on immigrants:
“Any further immigration of non-Germans must be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who have entered Germany since August 2, 1914, shall be compelled to leave the Reich immediately.”
Personally, I don’t like playing the Nazi card, and have, in the past, said that if you do play it, you’ve automatically lost the debate. But when you look at the evidence I have just presented, can we at least agree that we need to ask Donald Trump a lot more questions? Can we come to a point where we all stand up and demand better from any person seeking public office?
Donald J. Trump is a threat to this country as we know it. If we do not stop Trump with our words and our absolute rejection of his ideas and his pronouncements, we may one day find ourselves in the position of the German preacher Martin Niemoller, who wrote:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
We must speak out, and we must do so loudly and repeatedly. The future of the United States depends on it.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.