Donald Trump: Hitler Or Franklin D. Roosevelt? Trump Compares Muslim Immigrants Ban Plan To World War II

The Donald Trump Hitler memes started to go viral shortly after Trump made his announcement about wanting to stop Muslim immigration completely in the United States. Although many might be insulted by being compared to German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Trump said the comparison does not give him “pause,” and even compared his ideas to former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the actions taken during World War II.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, Spike Lee also compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in a recent interview, where the director claimed American Muslims are the “new boogeymen.”

“So if we want to talk about terrorists, you can’t have this myopic view that all terrorists are Muslims!” Lee said. “You know what Trump’s saying: ‘They’re thinking about it!’ And he wants to close down mosques now. That’s like the Nazis. That’s like Hitler, Mussolini, the Axis Powers. You can’t do that!”

Lee is not alone in dropping the H-bomb. CNN host Ashleigh Banfield said there were a lot of “really weird Brown Shirt similarities” to Trump’s supporters. When talking about Trump’s plan to “Make America Great Again,” CNN’s Sally Kohn used fascism and Hitler to describe the ideas.

“When you have a candidate that continues to say the same sort of demagogic things he’s saying and his support is maintained, and when you see a Black Lives Matter protester beaten during one of his rallies — and he said maybe he deserved to be roughed up — when a homeless immigrant is beaten by Trump supporters and Trump doesn’t condemn that but says, in fact, ‘Well, my people are passionate,’ there’s a word for this. It’s fascism,” said Kohn. “And people need to remember in this country, Adolf Hitler, when he first rose to power, was elected by 36 percent of the German voters.”

According to the Telegraph, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, compared Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigrants to Nazi rhetoric, saying the 2016 Republican candidate “sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours.” A newspaper called the Philadelphia Daily News was even more blatant, referring to Trump as Hitler on their front page.

Trump has responded to the Hitler comparisons by claiming that his plan for temporarily banning Muslim immigrants is more like what former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt did to the Germans, Italians, and Japanese during World War II. This comparison came up during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, who asked, “You’re increasingly being compared to Hitler. Doesn’t that give you any pause at all?”

World War II Japanese Internment Camps

In response, Trump said no and compared his ideas to Franklin’s “solution.”

“Look at what F.D.R. did many years ago, and he’s one of the most respected presidents. This was a president that was highly respected by all,” Trump said, according to Politico. “If you look at what he was doing, it was far worse.”

Stephanopoulos asked if Trump wanted Muslim internment camps, which is how the United States dealt with Japanese American citizens during World War II, but Trump denied that idea.

“No, I’m not. No, I’m not. No, I’m not,” he said. “I hope it will go quickly. I hope we can figure it out. We will have many, many more World Trade Centers as sure as you’re sitting there, our country will never be the same.”

Before making this statement, Donald Trump made the comparisons to World War II even more noticeable. When his proposal called “Donald J. Trump Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration” was first announced, Trump promoted his plan during a Pearl Harbor Day rally in South Carolina.

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