The other day someone was asking me about Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. Toward the end of the conversation, my friend said to me, “Bob, after a career that spanned almost three decades in Washington, you must have excellent contacts in Hell. Ask your contacts how Adolf feels about the comparison.”
I don’t have a direct line to the netherworld, but I can imagine Hitler is not flattered by the comparisons.
What is National Socialism in a thumbnail?
The National Socialist Workers Party started in Munich, Germany in 1920. It is a fascist anti-semitic movement that bases itself on the theory that the Aryan Race is supreme to all other races, and that the role of the Government is to promote a white society. It was formed to combat the growing influence of communism in Germany, and to rid the Fatherland of Jews, Gypsies, and political opposition by any means possible. Deportation of natural born citizens, murder in concentration camps, and executions without due process are all methods the Nazis used to achieve a racially pure society.
The Nazis worship the state. I use the word worship quite deliberately. National symbols, like the flag, the national anthem, the leaders of the government, acquire a reverence usually seen in devout religious settings. National Socialism is authoritarian, ultra-Nationalist, and anti-Democratic.
All Nazis are ultra-Nationalists, but not all ultra-Nationalists are Nazis.
There is a thin, but a significant line between Fascism and National Socialism. Neo-Fascism appeared after World War II. The new Fascists seek to distance themselves from the genocidal practices of the Nazis.
Donald Trump is an ultra-Nationalist and seems to admire neo-Fascism. His call the other day to eliminate due process and deport undocumented foreigners is xenophobia and not Nazism. If it were Nazism, the undocumented would land in forced labor camps, or face extermination.
Ultra-Nationalists use propaganda and vilify groups of people as a tool to stir up hate against their opposition. Trump’s constant diatribe trying to equate MS-13, an American street gang, with immigrants coming across the border is textbook ultra-Nationalism. Nazis used the same tactics, but with a different objective in mind.
What about the kids, isn’t that just like Hitler?
We all remember the movie Sophie’s choice and the harrowing scene when Meryl Streep was forced to make a decision about which of her children would live, and which would die.
While Hitler did separate families, his intention was extermination or slavery. Donald Trump’s egregious actions are a terror tactic designed to intimidate those who are trying to cross the frontier between the U.S. and Mexico.
Are there Nazis in the GOP?
A candidate is expounding Nazi propaganda in Polk County, Tennessee. Rick Tyler, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, shocked the nation over the weekend by putting up a campaign billboard with the slogan, “Make America White Again.” Here is an excerpt from his campaign site.
“The Make America White Again billboard advertisement will cut to the very core and marrow of what plagues us as a nation. As Anne Coulter so effectively elucidates in her book, Adios America, the overhaul of America’s immigration law in the 1960’s has placed us on an inevitable course of demise and destruction. Yes...the cunning globalist/Marxist social engineers have succeeded in destroying that great bulwark against statist tyranny...the white American (sic) super majority. Without its expedited restoration little hope remains for the nation as a whole.”
For anyone in the GOP who tries to claim neo-Nazis and White-Supremacists are not part of the fabric of the Republican Party, point them to Ricky’s site, and let them read for themselves.
About Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler
The things we can say they have in common. They both use propaganda, ultra-Nationalism, and xenophobia to appeal to a hateful lower-class. Both employ terror tactics against their enemies both real or imagined. Each is a bully in his way.
The detainment camps for the children are not in any way like the concentration camps of the Third Reich. There is no slave labor, and there are no executions. To say, “Well, not today, but they are coming,” is fear mongering without a shred of evidence to support the charge. Trump's behavior is bad enough, and we only hurt our credibility when we embellish what is wrong on its merit.
Adolf Hitler loved the state. Donald Trump can barely contain his contempt for the very government he heads. He is tearing down regulatory provisions, moving to consolidate agencies, and doing away with their power. Those are things that no self-respecting Nazi would ever consider.
Hitler and Trump do share something in common. Like Hitler, Donald Trump does not understand global economics or international trade. Hitler had no formal training in either. One would believe Trump learned the principles of economics at Wharton, but the lessons seem not to have sunk into Trump’s mind.
Despite his lack of formal education, Adolf Hitler was a brilliant man, who managed to conceive a manifesto about how a Fascist society should operate, and named the work Mein Kampf (My Awakening). Donald Trump has difficulty eeking out a coherent tweet.
Unlike Trump, Hitler was sophisticated and a great negotiator. He understood global politics and diplomacy. The Fuhrer bested Great Britain’s Neville Chamberlain and bought a year to further prepare for war. Hitler established the alliance between Germany, Italy, and Japan, setting the stage for a global war. That was no small diplomatic feat.
Donald Trump does not understand anything about diplomacy, treaties, or forging international agreements. In his one foray into the diplomatic arena, Trump lost to a young dictator of a starving third-world nation.
Trump has more in common with Chamberlain than he does Hitler. He gave in to demands that we cease military exercises with South Korea and got nothing in return. Like Chamberlain who proclaimed “Peace in our time,” Trump bellowed that Korea was no longer a threat despite not a single missile or warhead has been removed from North Korea.
I’m sure while treading water in the Lake of Fire, Hitler is not pleased by the comparisons to Trump. Der Fuhrer should find them insulting.
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