The New York Daily News on Sunday blared on its front page “Trump is Hitler,” quoting comedian, actor and producer Louis C.K., who made the comparison in an email newsletter to fans over the weekend.
That was one of a flurry of comparisons in recent days between GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and German dictator Adolf Hitler. The similarities have been highlighted in the past but recently have intensified and become more public.
In his email on Saturday, Louis C.K. pleaded with people to “please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler,” he wrote. “And by that, I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s Do you think they saw the s–t coming Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.”
Friday night, on his HBO show “Real Time,” Bill Maher mentioned that the conservative Weekly Standard dug up a 1990 article in Vanity Fair reporting that Trump “kept a volume of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside,” adding, “I think this tells us a lot about where Donald Trump is getting his ideas.”
Maher then proceeded to show an old film clip of Hitler delivering a passionate speech, with satirical subtitles using Trump slogans such as, “We’re going to make Germany great again” and labeling President Hindenburg as being “very low energy.” The clip even mocked Trump’s pledge to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, with the subtitles over Hitler’s speech saying: “We’re going to have to build a camp. And I will make the Jews pay for it.”
Bill Maher translated one of Hitler’s speeches and it tells us a lot about where Trump is getting his ideas…https://t.co/po9ZiIGxSe
Real Time (@RealTimers) March 5, 2016
Meanwhile, in the opening sketch on Saturday Night Live this weekend, Darrell Hammond as Trump was giving his Super Tuesday victory speech, saying: “I really am running the best campaign, aren’t I The media’s saying they haven’t seen anything like this, not since Germany in the 1930s. I mean everyone loves me: racists, ugly racists, people who didn’t even know they were racist.”
And following the show’s opening monologue, a parody ad titled “Racists for Trump” depicted Trump supporters, including a Nazi complete with a swastika armband and several Klansmen.
The Huffington Post on Saturday ran a story with the headline “This Donald Trump Rally Looks Like a Scene From Nazi Germany,” in reference to images and video that emerged from a Trump rally in Orlando earlier that day where he commanded the crowd to raise their right hands and swear to vote for him in the primary. The images of the crowd with their right arms raised and many slightly angled forward eerily mirrored scenes of Hitler addressing crowds in Nazi Germany and performing the Nazi salute.
Trump’s rally in Orlando Saturday has been compared to Hitler’s rallies.
Social media lit up, with many making some reference to “Heil Hitler.”
Even conservative Glenn Beck on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday compared Trump to Hitler, but more to Hitler the politician 10 years before the Holocaust.
“We all look at Adolf Hitler in 1940. We should look at Adolf Hitler in 1929,” Beck said. “He was a kind of funny, kind of character that said the things that people were thinking. Where Donald Trump takes it, I have absolutely no idea. But, Donald Trump is a dangerous man with the things he’s been saying.”
Beck added that Trump has been “playing to the lowest common denominator and to the anger in us,” saying conservatives are “very, very angry because the GOP did not listen the first time around” to “the Ron Paul people” and the “Tea Party people. The people are speaking clearly, and there are two ways to go: anger and nationalism, which has been done before in history,” Beck said, holding up a ballot for Hitler’s election.
Beyond comedians and political pundits, political officeholders and others have made similar comments.
During Sunday night’s Democratic debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders did not compare Trump to Hitler directly but alluded to the hate speech in the GOP being reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s and early 40s.
“Being Jewish is so much of what I am,” Sanders said. “Look, my father’s family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical and extremist politics mean.”
Late last month, former Mexican President Vicente Fox told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Trump is “going to take [the U.S.] back to the old days of conflict, war, and everything. I mean, he reminds me of Hitler. That’s the way he started speaking.”
And another former Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, that same week invoked Hitler when discussing Trump: “He is acting and speaking out against immigrants that have a different skin color than he does. It is frankly racist and [he is] exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time.”
In December, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman mentioned Hitler when Trump proposed his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.”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 told CNN.
In January, Anne Frank’s stepsister said Trump was “acting like another Hitler.”
And while Trump may claim to disavow white supremacist groups, these groups embrace him wholeheartedly.
Trump’s racist rhetoric, blaming groups of minorities for the country’s problems and troubling proposals such as registering all Muslims and mass deportations of undocumented immigrants have earned him the comparison.
A popular Internet meme that has gone viral compares Trump to Hitler, with photographs of each and bullet points below them saying:
Both used racism to rise to power; both proposed mass deportation, Hitler promised to make Germany great again; Trump promises to make America great again; Hitler was an anti-Jew fascist; Trump is an anti-Muslim fascist; Hitler blamed Jews for Germany’s problems; Trump blames immigrants for America’s problems; Hitler thought Jews should wear special IDs; Trump thinks Muslims should wear special IDs.