Despite Donald Trump’s overwhelming and shocking popularity in his bid for the presidency in 2016, the billionaire businessman has recently been compared to Adolf Hitler more than once. Trump has most recently been criticized for asking his supporters to raise their right hands in a pledge of support that looks eerily fascist. Never one to stay quiet long, Trump has already responded to critics about his scary “Heil, Hilter” type salute and he thinks the Hitler comparisons are “terrible.” What Donald doesn’t seem to realize is that the Hitler comparisons don’t end with the salute, and he has said and done many questionable things during his campaign that Americans need to be worried about.
When Donald was confronted with the Hitler comparison on The Today Show, he said, “Almost everybody in the room raises their hand. We’re having a good time. I never knew it was a problem.”
That is when Matt Lauer responded, “I think it’s also in combination, Mr. Trump, with some of the rhetoric you’ve used on the campaign trail over the last several months, targeting groups like Muslims and Mexicans — that evokes images of Nazi Germany and the scapegoating of Jews there back in the 1930s and ’40s.”
“I don’t know about the Hitler comparison. I hadn’t heard that, but it’s a terrible comparison. I’m not happy about that certainly,” Trump said. Then the presidential hopeful said he would consider ending the practice of asking his followers to raise their right hand and swear their support to him. That didn’t stop Trump from saying that the comparisons were ridiculous, according to the Washington Post.
It’s not ridiculous to those who look at a Donald Trump rally and see shocking similarities to the Hitler regime in Germany prior to World War II. Is Trump’s overwhelming popularity and the images he invokes of fascist governments and the slaughter of millions of Jews a sign of what Americans can look forward to if he is elected president?
Comparisons to Hitler aren’t new news for Trump and he’s also been called a fascist before too. Louis C.K. recently wrote a note about Trump in the postscript of an email about the most recent episode of his web series, called Horace and Pete. In it, the comedian wrote “The guy is Hitler. And by that, I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the s**t coming?” According to the Vox,Louis C.K. continued, “Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb-over who would say anything at all.”
Louis C.K. isn’t the only comedian who is talking about Trump and is not laughing. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is also concerned that Trump may win and has talked about many things that have been said that should be very alarming. The Inquisitr reported previously that Trevor Noah has made several comparisons to the promises Trump is making and fascism in general.
It all started with the definition of fascism as celebrating aggressive masculinity, fear of outsiders, nationalism, intolerance of criticism. Then Noah illustrated how Trump has embodied that definition, starting with his plans to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants and plans to make Muslims register with the state. “I’m not saying that Donald Trump is a fascist,” Noah said on The Daily Show. “But even just in the last few days, he’s said and done some things that make it a pretty fascist week.”
Just the fact that David Duke and many other, high-ranking white supremacists publicly back Donald Trump, whether he wants them to or not, should be proof enough that something is very, very wrong. As a matter of fact, when Duke did endorse Trump, the Republican frontrunner was careful not to upset the racists, saying that he would have to look more into the KKK before denouncing their support. Does Trump really not know who the KKK are?
Trump has also said repeatedly that he wants to trample our first amendment rights and make it easier to sue the media for printing negative stories about him. For starters, Trump alone cannot change the first amendment or the libel laws, so his promise to do so is more proof that he doesn’t even know the actual function of the president. That doesn’t mean those who oppose Trump shouldn’t worry, though. Actually, it means they should worry more.
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