What Will It Take?
I’ve lost several fb friends and many followers here because of my relentless fixation on Trump’s autocratic aspirations and the similarities between his rise to power with Hitler’s.
I ain’t gonna lie to you — I’ve often in the past second-guessed myself and wondered if I, in fact, wasn’t just being too alarmist and snowflake-like in my regard for Trump and his rise to power like many have accused me of being.
But I stopped all that second-guessing and wondering long ago as the similarities in tactics between the two just keep getting more and more profound.
In a powerful, condemning, LARB essay, yet another Hitler historian, Ron Rosenbaum, comes out strong with the Trump/Hitler comparisons…
From the essay:
What I want to suggest is an actual comparison with Hitler that deserves thought. It’s what you might call the secret technique, a kind of rhetorical control that both Hitler and Trump used on their opponents, especially the media. And they’re not joking. If you’d received the threatening words and pictures I did during the campaign (one Tweet simply read “I gas Jews”), as did so many Jewish reporters and people of color, the sick bloodthirsty lust to terrify is unmistakably sincere. The playbook is Mein Kampf.
I mean… c’mon.
What in the heck will it take to make Trump’s radical supporters see the FACTS of history glaring at us straight in the face through the eyes of Trump?
There is so much to digest in the essay — how the Munich Post fought to the end to prevent the normalization of Hitler; how Hitler intentionally played the easy-to-dismiss Chaplinesque buffoon to facilitate his power grab; how he leveraged the extremists hate for the Jews to rally support and intimidate, and kill, his opponents; how Trump allegedly kept Hitler’s speeches by his bedside; and on and on.
What will it take?