It hasn’t been a very good week for Donald Trump. The GOP candidate was recently likened to Adolf Hitler by Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, and the 86-year-old Holocaust survivor also said Trump acted like the former leader of Nazi Germany. Now, according to a new Gallup poll, three out of every five Americans view Donald Trump unfavorably — a number that is higher than any nominated candidate from either major political party since Gallup began tracking favorability in 1992.
“At this point (two-week average through Jan. 27), 33% of Americans view Trump favorably and 60% unfavorably. It’s that 60% unfavorable figure that I can focus on here. Hillary Clinton currently has a 52% unfavorable rating among all Americans, while Jeb Bush is at 45%, Chris Christie 38%, Ted Cruz 37%, Marco Rubio 33%, Bernie Sanders 31% and Ben Carson 30%. Trump’s 60% is clearly well above all of these. Putting his favorable and unfavorable ratings together yields a net favorable of -27 for Trump, far above the -10 for Clinton and for Bush, the next lowest among the major candidates.”
CNN recently reported that in an essay to mark the Holocaust, Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, gave some pretty strong statements regarding the Republican presidential front-runner.
“If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster,” Schloss, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, wrote in a story published by Newsweek. “I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism. During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out.”
Schloss was a friend of Frank’s in Amsterdam after their families fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Her mother later married Otto Frank, Anne’s father, when World War II ended. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl born in Germany who became known worldwide for her diary, which recounted the two years she lived with her family hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II. Anne was sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz in 1944 and then to Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhus in March 1945.
This isn’t the first time Trump has been compared to Hitler, and late last year, Jeb Bush adviser Max Boot tweeted that the GOP front-runner “is a fascist,” while the headline from a British newspaper read, “Who Said It: Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler?”
Donald Trump’s suggestion to ban all Muslims sparked tremendous backlash from many, even members of his own party. Speaking with CNN, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, gave the following statement.
“If you go and look at your history and you read your history in the lead-up to the Second World War, this is the kind of rhetoric that allowed Hitler to move forward,” Whitman was quoted as saying. “Because you have people who were scared the economy was bad, they want someone to blame.”
The campaign team of Donald Trump has not responded to the statements made by Eva Schloss.
Trump, who has not yet received the official support of any congressman or senator, doesn’t seem to be bothered by the controversy surrounding him and he said that he’s surprised that he’s still leading every state heading into Iowa.
“I do close the deal, I do win, but I never thought I’d have 24 point leads in different states,” the billionaire businessman said.”I didn’t. I thought, you know, I’m somebody who knows how to win, I’ve closed the deal, you know that about me for a long time. I do close the deal, I do win, but I never thought I’d have 24 point leads in different states,” Trump expressed. “You know, in Florida, I’m 48 and the sitting senator is 11 and Bush is down in the basement.”
Ted Cruz is totally unelectable, if he even gets to run (born in Canada). Will loose big to Hillary. Polls show I beat Hillary easily! WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2016
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