Yes, It Is Wrong To Compare Trump To Hitler
Yes, It Is Wrong To Compare Trump To Hitler
“Is it wrong to compare Trump to Hitler? No.” THAT is the headline of an opinion article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.
76 years ago today, Auschwitz was liberated and the horrors of Hitler’s regime were uncovered. Yet the Philadelphia Inquirer thought it was appropriate to run this opinion piece from one of their former editors.
“Many people find it offensive to use the Holocaust as a yardstick for the political excesses of the last four years that culminated in the storming of Washington on Jan. 6. They believe that to mention Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler in the same breath, as Spike Lee did on Sunday in an awards speech, disrespects the millions of innocent victims and survivors, diminishing the enormity of the Nazis’ crimes.
As a son of Holocaust survivors and a grandson of four murdered Jews, I might be expected to agree. But I do not.
I think Trump’s ability to incite followers under the banner of white nationalism has enabled us to better understand Hitler’s sway over the Germans, connecting us to the real people in the old black-and-white photo images and newsreels that show the masses with arms outstretched toward their führer.”
My jaw was on the floor at reading the above and stayed on the floor for the entire rest of the reading. It was all I could do to not throw my computer through the window.
According to Preston, President Trump blaming illegal immigrants, banning Muslims from terrorist countries and putting up walls is EXACTLY like Hitler blaming the Jews and sentencing then to die in the gas chambers and ovens in the concentration camps.
Furthermore, Preston believes that what happened on January 6th was today’s Kristallnacht and those who went into the U.S. Capitol are Trump’s “murderous minions” who are no different than the patriotic Germans who destroyed Jewish businesses all over Germany that night and for days afterwards.
Preston believes that it isn’t sacrilegious at all to compare President Trump to Hitler. But it is. It most definitely is sacrilegious and abhorrent on every level.
What Preston, and so many others who describe Trump as Hitler are doing is diminishing the horrific enormity of Hitler’s crimes against humanity. Using Hitler as an avatar for things or people one doesn’t like callously dismisses the pain and suffering Holocaust survivors went through.
I cannot imagine the nightmares the survivors live with. And, on a side note, I have to wonder if the lockdowns have exacerbated their nightmares.
Preston is trying to tell us that it’s perfectly ok to compare Trump to Hitler because Kristallnacht and the events at the U.S. Capitol involved the same type of people.
No, there is no comparison. You see, it was Hitler’s SA military personnel and other Germans across the government who torched synagogues and destroyed Jewish businesses. In the days following, Jewish people were ordered from their homes and relegated to specific areas of their cities and towns with local and state governments designating those areas as “free of Jews.” Has any of that happened during Trump’s tenure as President? NO.
Businesses destroyed, looted, and burnt down. Businesses and government buildings boarded up and surrounded by fences. Sound familiar? It should as that has happened time and again since the George Floyd riots started at the end of May. Furthermore, Cuomo and de Blasio have targeted Jewish communities during the Covid lockdowns. Does Preston have a problem with that? Evidently not.
David Lee Preston’s parents were Holocaust survivors. It is baffling to me how he’d even think about comparing anyone to Hitler, but he is. Especially if that person is Donald Trump as a quick stroll through Preston’s Twitter feed shows.
I split screened shots from Leni Riefenstahl's 1935 Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of Will, with @realDonaldTrump’s video of his return from the hospital. Not sure if this was intentional, but it's eerily similar. His media team looking to history for inspiration, perhaps? pic.twitter.com/ZsZfHLttdL— matt danzico (@mattdanzico) October 6, 2020
Joe Biden issued remarks this morning regarding the Holocaust.
“We must pass the history of the Holocaust on to our grandchildren and their grandchildren in order to keep real the promise of ‘never again.’ That is how we prevent future genocides,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday.
“Remembering the victims, heroes, and lessons of the Holocaust is particularly important today as Holocaust deniers and minimizers are growing louder in our public discourse,” he added. “But the facts are not up for question, and each of us must remain vigilant and speak out against the resurgent tide of anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance, here at home and around the world.”
Both Biden and Preston tout Charlottesville as part of the problem. Both of them by inference are subtly or pointedly portraying Trump as Hitler in regards to the same.
Preston, however, is one of the very people that Biden is describing as a minimizer. You see, Preston, by deciding to paint Trump as Hitler is engaging in minimizing how evil Hitler was.
Moreover, Preston is part of this problem. Far too many young people are hearing folks like Preston, Ilhan Omar, Christine Amanpour, and more throw the word Nazi around like confetti while accusing Trump of being Hitler. Many of those same young people have NO idea of how evil Hitler really was and that he killed 6 million people because of their religion.
The Germans established the Auschwitz camp complex in the spring of 1940 in German-occupied Poland.— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) January 27, 2021
By the time Soviet troops liberated the remaining prisoners in Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, approximately 1.1 million people had been murdered there. #HolocaustRemembranceDay
Hitler was evil. Period. He destroyed lives, and came close to destroying Germany and the world. Comparing Donald Trump to Hitler is abhorrent and needs to stop.
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