No accident can be this perfect. He seems to pick one leaf after another from Hitler’s handbook on political strategy. Today, no matter how you look at it, the single most menacing threat to America and global peace is not ISIS, neither is it Al Qaeda, Boko Haram nor North Korea. It could be one man – Donald Trump.
While most of the world seems to remain aloof and at certain times look on with amusement regarding the antics of this presidential candidate hopeful of the United States, the path he is threading to that destination portends something very monstrous. This article seeks to highlight the very sinister resemblance between the Trump and Hitler way of politics.
The Pinocchio Approach: The first tragic character common to both Hitler and Trump is lying. Yes, outright, outrageous and right- in -your face lies. As Hitler puts it; “Great liars are also great magicians”. Trump either picked up this lying habit along the line by accident or consciously decided to go according to the Nazi leaders inglorious axiom of “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Whatever it is, the American press and public can no longer bother to fact check Mr. Trump. (Read more on Donald Trump’s diarrheoa of lies: http://theweek.com/articles/611581/why-donald-trumps-brazen-lies-overwhelm-press)
Rabid Nationalism: Trump, like Hitler rose to political prominence nationally by jingoistic sentiments. While Trump goes chanting “Make America Great Again”, his distant Germanic relative Hitler, had this to say “Germany is today the next great war aim of Bolshevism. It requires all the force of a young missionary idea to raise our people up again …” The eerie similarities in the Trump-Hitler Rhetoric cannot be dismissed as sheer coincidence. When viewed closely, it’s certainly frightening.
Selective Antagonism of Race, Tribe and Religion: Hitler’s infamous anti-Semitic sentiments and his irrational detestation of nations like Great Britain and France can be easily recognized in Trumps onslaught on Mexicans, Blacks and Moslems. While the leader of the Third Reich ranted that; “…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew…” Trump continues to denigrate the Latinos and Blacks repeatedly. He has blamed them for the violent crimes in America and even went on to adduce so called evidence that Latinos are to blame for rape cases in the USA. (Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_us_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b). Donald had this to say; “What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.” For blacks, among several unsavory comments, this is what he thinks of our race, “Laziness is a trait in blacks.”
While many may make haste to justify Trump, citing the occasional disclaimers he throws in here and there, it is instructive to note that the Hitlers of our past never started as full blown racists or depraved nationalists. At the beginning this was how Hitler viewed the Jewish issue; “I was not in agreement with the sharp anti-Semitic tone, but from time to time I read arguments which gave me some food for thought.” Subsequently, the rest of the story is best known to one and all.
Brainwashing Impressionable Youth: Hitler believes; “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” As such he had his Hitler Youth with anthems to match. Donald Trump, either consciously or otherwise, revealed clearly that he is steadfast on the Nazi propaganda path by portraying same. His attempt to appeal to young Americans through rabid nationalism was brought to a head when he assembled a performance by “Freedom Kids” that will certainly make Hitler himself proud. (Follow this link for the lyrics: http://reverbpress.com/politics/trump-youth-young-girls-perform-nationalist-propaganda-at-trump-rally/)
Eccentric and Narcissistic Personality: While the image of the author of Mein Kampf is characterized by a distinct tuft of moustache, the author of Time to get Tough prefers to build a cult around his raccoon-like frilly work of hair. The megalomania and self glorification of both Hitler and Trump seals the deal when it comes to understanding why the two have very similar approaches to politics. Donald Trump thinks he is the smartest thing that happened since Adam, “My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.” Meanwhile, Hitler believes this of himself also; “Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity…”. While you may no longer meet Hitler, don’t be surprised when you ever get to sit by the Donald and he tells you this “Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.” Or when he tells you, “you’re disgusting’ if you happen to be a mother who decides to breast feed your baby. Well, in the final analysis of their personalities, Trump thinks that “When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough” re-echoing of Hitler’s sentiment when he asserted that “Strength lies not in defense but in attack” or that “The earth continues to go round, whether it’s the man who kills the tiger or the tiger who eats the man. The stronger asserts his will …”
There is no doubt that like Hitler, Trumps outlandishness increases with his souring popularity, or should I say infamy, in the political arena. The worrying resemblance of these two characters makes it a matter of inevitable disaster if the world watches for Trump to take over the Office of President of the United States. Even prior to seeking the mandate of the people, this is how base his acts and language gets. This makes one wonder the sort of geopolitical climate that will result when he ever becomes leader of one of the world’s most powerful nations, if not the most powerful.
It is important that this issue is not left to America alone. I can imagine how the rise of Hitler to prominence in Germany was barely given any international attention and was considered solely a German issue at inception. Today, the world knows better. In order to avoid the repetition of what might be a third global catastrophe; all that is well intended must be done to avert a Donald Trump Presidency.
However, the matter of stopping any megalomaniac cannot be an easy or a direct one –especially when he has money and has it in good quantity. Just like Hitler who believed he could still start World War III even in his grave, Trump has this to say to all who are opposed to him; “Anyone who thinks my story is anywhere near over is sadly mistaken.”