The Democratic response to Donald Trump over the last four years has been incredible.
That’s true, particularly considering the response to him for the three and a half decades prior.
As pitched by his adversaries amid a Republican campaign, the man was a reality television star and failed businessman vying for the White House.
And a whole lot of youngsters bought it.
It was, of course, not true. Or, not representative of the whole truth.
Rather, as you know, Trump was a businessman so successful he was famous the world over. That’s why he was offered a job on TV.
For decades, the media had loved the New York eccentric and overt Democrat.
Put on your New Balance 990V5’s; let’s take a walk down Memory Lane:
Donald was also a mentor to black cultural influencer Russell Simmons; he wrote the foreword to Russell’s great book, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God.
But then, he added an “R” to his name and BAM — Adolph!
Hence, NYU law professor Burt Neuborne’s written a book you may wanna check out — When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic. In it — according to CommonDreams.org — you’ll find “20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies.”
From Common Dreams, here’s a robust sampling of the “serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump.”
- Neither was elected by a majority.
- Both found direct communication channels to their base.
- Both blame others and divide on racial lines.
- Both relentlessly demonize opponents.
How’re ya liking it so far? Sound like anyone in the history of American politics?
- They unceasingly attack objective truth.
This one’s a bit of a head-scratcher with regard to Hitler:
- They relentlessly attack mainstream media.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the Nazis were the media:
From the Holocaust Encyclopedia:
The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication in Germany: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio. Viewpoints in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs or to the regime were censored or eliminated from all media.
Additionally, of course, the suggestion establishes the following: No matter what the media says about you, if you speak against them, you’re Hitler.
Moving on — and I can’t wait to read your comments:
- Their attacks on truth include science.
- Their lies blur reality — and supporters spread them.
- Both orchestrated mass rallies to show status
- They embrace extreme nationalism.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“Trump echoes Hitler’s jingoistic appeal to ultranationalist fervor, extolling American exceptionalism right down to the slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ a paraphrase of Hitler’s promise to restore German greatness.”
The President’s paraphrasing Hitler!
And would whoever coined “God Bless America” be now condemned as an “extreme nationalist”?
- Both made closing borders a centerpiece.
You can read the full list here, but I’ll give you a few more:
- They attack domestic democratic processes.
- Both attack the judiciary and rule of law.
These are doozies:
- Both glorify the military and demand loyalty oaths.
- Both relegate women to subordinate roles.
- They proclaim unchecked power.
Now prepare for the biggie:
- They embraced mass detention and deportations.
Remember, he’s referring to the “mass detentions”… of Hitler — a man responsible for the deaths of an estimated six million. That’s something Donald Trump has in common.
So this is where we are. That’s New York University law talking.
Which ones stand out most to you?
I anxiously await your comments.
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Burt Neuborne was national legal director for the ACLU from 1981-86. In addition to teaching Civil Liberties, he’s a founding legal director of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice.
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