What does a Failed Austrian Painter have in Common with Trump…

AH painting

…have in common with a modern-day real estate magnate named Donald Trump? A narcissistic will to power and a very nasty approach to “public policy” centered around fear and the use of hate speech against those who are “not like us.”

Donald Trump has not only tapped into this rising tide of right-wing extremism, he’s appointed one of its leading lights, Steve Bannon, head of breitbart.com, to be the “CEO” of his campaign. Trump has tried to avoid acknowledging this connection. In fact, in May 2016, the Times of Israel underscored the fact that Donald Trump simply refuses to acknowledge that he’s the darling of the modern-day neo-nationalist/white supremacist movement, but only just, because he does acknowledge them as followers:

Donald Trump says he has no message for his “fans” who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic comments after she wrote a critical profile of his wife. “You’ll have to talk to them about it,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells CNN of the abusive phone calls, emails and social media posts received by Julia Ioffe after her story appears in GQ. “I don’t have a message to the fans, a woman wrote an article that was inaccurate.” Trump says he has not read the article but heard it is ‘nasty.’ 

So, wait: he doesn’t disavow these extremists, but he does call them his “fans”? 

Don’t know Much about History

…but I do know that it repeats itself if it’s forgotten. Jerry Falwell, Jr., the son of the infamous snake oil salesman evangelist Jerry Falwell, compared Donald Trump to British hero Winston Churchill, the man who took on Adolf Hitler and won. The truth is that Trump is much more akin to Hitler himself than the vaunted British leader.

Let me explain.

In Germany, in the 1930s, failed artist Adolf Hitler took advantage of the depression-era discontent of the German people by blaming Jews as the source of all evil in the country–and the world, really. He argued that only the “Aryan race” should exist, and that only he could save the German people (sound familiar?). By the end of his reign of terror, Hitler had killed 2 out of every 3 Jews in Europe. The similarities between the views of the National Socialist leader and the GOP’s leader, Donald Trump, are striking, and shouldn’t be readily dismissed. The ideals of the people who raised their hands in support of Germany’s Nazi leader are shared in many ways with increasingly extremist points of view posited by extreme reactionaries in this country, comprising a collection of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, anti-semites, and fascistic thugs who believe that the white race is under siege by immigrants, Jews, and Muslims. Known collectively as “Alt-Right,” the Southern Poverty Law Center explains that it is

Over the past year however, [breitbart.com] has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the “Alt-Right.”

Trump has attracted the support of white nationalists, the American Nazi Party, and the KKK–and this isn’t an accident. As one neo-Nazi site, The Daily Stormer, declared as it endorsed Trump:

Trump is willing to say what most Americans think: it’s time to deport these [immigrants]…vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.

Trump has a very broad fan base among fringe white supremacist groups who espouse hatred of black people and Jews (ironically, his daughter Ivanka and her husband are both Jewish, btw. When questioned on national television by Jake Tapper, Trump even tried to feign ignorance of white supremacy or the KKK or their support. But I digress. How similar are Trump and Hitler? Let’s find out–in their own words.

Hitler and Tump: Compared

Trump-and-Hitler

APPEALING TO STUPID PEOPLE

Adolf: “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.” Mein Kampf

Donald: Speech in Nevada: “…We won with poorly educated! I love the poorly educated!” Mediaite

LYING

AH: “By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Donald: “I play to people’s fantasies. . . . People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole” New Yorker

ADVOCATING VIOLENCE

Adolf: “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” Mein Kampf
Donald: “I’d like to punch him in the face.” LA Times “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” Weekly Standard

CRUSHING PROTEST

Adolf: The [struggle] will be such that it cannot be conducted in a knightly fashion. This struggle is one of ideologies and racial differences and will have to be conducted with unprecedented, unmerciful, and unrelenting harshness.” Causes and Consequences of the Second World War

Donald: Trump criticized protesters [at his rallies], saying they were “destroying our country.” “These are not good people, folks, just so you understand,” Trump told the Missouri crowd. “I heard this was going to happen. They said, ‘Mr. Trump, would you like to cancel?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ These are not good people.” (exercising 1st Amendment rights) LA Times

WINNING MATTERS MORE THAN ANYTHING

Adolf: “It is not truth that matters, but victory.” Speech

Donald: “My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.” BBC

ATTACKING GROUPS AS A SINGLE PROBLEM
AH: “The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.”  The Great Terror: A Reassessment

Donald: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Washington Post

There should be a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” ABC News

ON VIOLENCE:
Adolf: “He who would live must fight. He who doesn’t wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.” Mein Kampf

Donald: “Even in elementary school, I was a very assertive, aggressive kid. In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye. I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled…” The Art of the Deal

I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” Washington Post

ON WEAKNESS
Adolf: “Life doesn’t forgive weakness.” Goodreads

Donald: “NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct— that is why our country is in serious trouble” CNN  

REGISTERING PEOPLE OF “THREATENING” RELIGIOUS FAITHS

Adolf: In May 1942, on the advice of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler orders all Jews in occupied Paris to wear an identifying yellow star on the left side of their coats. Google Books

Donald: Trump, appearing in Newton, Iowa, says he would “absolutely” require Muslims to register in a database; he “would certainly implement that – absolutely.” He told an NBC reporter that “They have to be” registered. They have to be.” When asked by an NBC reporter what the difference was between what Hitler did to register Jews during WWII and what he’s proposing, Trump responded “You tell me” and refused to say anything further. Politicususa.com

 

 

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Mare Gouger, the founder of Lucid Nation, has a Master's Degree from GWU, has worked on Capitol Hill for a decade, and has closely followed politics since 1982.

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