Writer and political commentator Keith Olbermann, host of GQ‘s YouTube series The Closer, has been featured in dozens of scathing rebukes recently, taking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump apart on a daily basis for the last several months.
In today’s The Closer, which contains coarse language, Olbermann contrasted the experience of distant German relatives from generations past watching Adolf Hitler rise from obscurity to infamy over the 1930s with bearing witness to Donald Trump’s rise from literal late-night-talk-show joke, to Republican nominee for president with an over 20 percent shot at winning the November 8 election, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Though there is a vast library of media documenting the horrors of World War II, some younger voters, as well as voters of all ages, may not be aware of the 1993 film, Schindler’s List, or the 2002 film, The Pianist. Each might be seen as appropriate starting points for those wishing to understand the rise of Adolf Hitler and the devastating consequences of the Holocaust.
Keith Olbermann makes it clear: Donald Trump, with his magnetism and his divisive rhetoric, is comparable to Adolf Hitler.
Olbermann asked what it must have been like to see the “growing acceptance” of everyday 1930s Germans to absurd, preposterous suggestions by a “monster in the making” leading to hate becoming part of “daily life.”
While he did not immediately address suggestions made by Donald Trump and his supporters that Hillary Clinton should be “locked up” or that, if elected, he would hire a “special prosecutor” to go after the former Secretary of State, as reported by Time, Olbermann spoke of Adolf Hitler moves to “jail opposing” candidates and his promises to “disband opposition.”
The journalist then spoke to Hitler’s supporters and how his hate-filled rhetoric had “moved the bar” to give credibility to their most “secret, violent fantasies.”
Olbermann described Adolf Hitler’s supporters’ desires to “hate and exclude and kill” and the acceptance of the Nazi leader giving them a platform to express and defend their views.
The GQ host described unaware German voters, caught up in a wave of misguided patriotism, “handing their votes over” and being thanked for their blind faith with “fear, privations, and death and destruction.”
At least 6 million Jews died during World War II; 60 million people lost their lives. What remained of Germany was in ruins; any of the wealth enjoyed by Germans before their defeat in 1945 was long-gone once the Allies moved on Berlin in April of that year. There were no winners.
“What would it be like to watch the sober agencies of government become gradually corrupted,” Keith Olbermann asked.