Following his call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Donald Trump has been compared to Hitler. However, can it be true that the Republican presidential candidate used to keep a copy of the Fuhrer’s inflammatory speeches by his bed?
According to Trump’s ex-wife Ivana, Donald liked nothing more than indulging in a little light reading of Hitler’s speeches at bedtime, which begs the question, was Trump, like millions of people in Nazi Germany, bewitched by there hypnotic madness of the prolific orator?
It’s difficult to say because Trump isn’t talking when it comes to the latest hatchet job from a media obsessed with comparing Trump’s outspoken, often misguided and damaging views, on par with the actions of a dictator responsible for mass genocide and dragging the world into a hell without equal.
Adhering to that fine journalistic principle that it’s never too late to dig for dirt or drag a dusty skeleton from the closet, the Independent makes the claim that in a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana Trump once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that hubby darling loved to settle down of an evening with a book of Hitler’s speeches.
“Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed… Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.”
Apparently, when the author of the Vanity Fair article, Marie Brenner, quizzed Donald Trump on how and why he came to acquire a copy of Hitler’s speeches, Donald hesitated and barked, “Who told you that?” before explaining the Nazi literature came from a Jewish friend.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of ‘Mein Kampf’, and he’s a Jew.”
The “friend” in question acknowledged that he did indeed give Trump a copy of a book by Hitler but insisted it was not Mein Kamf but a book of Hitler’s speeches called My New Order. He also denied he was Jewish.
“I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”
Keen to address the issue with Brenner, Trump explained, “If, I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
In the same interview, Ivana Trump also made the damming claim that her husband’s cousin, John Walter, “clicks his heels and says, ‘Heil Hitler’” when visiting Trump’s office.
Obviously, there have been a lot of Trump/Hitler comparisons in the press recently because of Donald’s uncompromising views on immigration, but it doesn’t seem to upset the big man none.
When asked by CBC News if the Hitler comparisons bothered him, a characteristically blunt Trump said, “No!” He then pointed to Franklin Roosevelt’s ordered internment of 100,000 Japanese-American civilians during the Second World War as being no different to his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Of course, like something akin to the charge of the politically correct brigade, the news media and social media couldn’t wait to compare Trump to history’s most famous monster.
The Philadelphia Daily News splashed Trump on their front page, seemingly doing a Sieg Heil gesture, with the headline, “The New Furor.”
Meanwhile, the Telegraph, published a picture of Hitler and Trump side by side, and a quiz called “Who said it: Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler?”
The Telegraph then crowed in unabashed glee, “After the tycoon’s call to ban Muslims from America drew comparisons with the Nazi dictator, try our quiz to see how similar his rhetoric can be.”
Away from the comfort of desks, headlines, and character assassination, serving police offices on the frontline backed Donald Trump’s claim that some Muslim communities in the UK are no-go areas because of extremism.
One officer from Yorkshire said on the online forum Police.Community, “I’m not allowed to travel in half blues to work anymore IN MY OWN CAR as we’re ‘All at risk of attack’ – yet as soon as someone points out the obvious it’s ‘divisive.’”
“In this instance he (Trump) isn’t wrong. Our political leaders are best either ill-informed or simply being disingenuous.
“He’s pointed out something that is plainly obvious, something which I think we aren’t as a nation willing to own up to – do you think a US Police Department would ban officers from wearing their uniforms under jackets etc due to FEAR of their cops being killed by extremists?
“We implement half measures such as ‘No-one is allowed to come into work half blues, even in your own cars because if you get beheaded it’ll be your own fault.
“It would be seen as un-American, un-democratic, not the done thing… In the UK though we accept it.”
The Daily Mail reports that another Met officer who resigned this year said, “I was a PC in the Met for 11 years – I resigned as I couldn’t handle it anymore.
“Whilst provocative Trump’s comments does carry some weight. PCs are not permitted to even come to work in ‘half Blues’ (just wearing trousers and shirt) for fear of attack whilst going to work. That is a directive from Scotland Yard.”
In a free and democratic society the question is, should we also compare these two police officers to Hitler simply for having an opinion? Or do we reserve that petty indulgence solely for Donald Trump?
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