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Donald Trump, The Nazis, And The Violence Of The Mob

donald trump is hitlerBack in August, when I first compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, the connections already seemed remarkable. Not only did Trump keep a copy of a book of Hitler’s speeches on his bedside table, whip up his audiences into frenzied fury against foreigners, and have a habit of evicting journalists from his public events, but Donald Trump came up with a plan to kick ethnic minorities out of the country, too, blaming them as scapegoats for all of America’s problems just as Adolf Hitler blamed the Jews and other non-Germans for Germany’s decline. To get more literal about it, Donald Trump has been picking up stronger support from America’s NeoNazi groups than any other presidential candidate.

Donald Trump’s supporters have begun shouting “White Power” at his campaign events. What could somebody do to counter this campaign of extremist nationalist hatred?

One response would be to remind Donald Trump’s supporters that people of non-European ancestry matter too. That’s what a Black Lives Matter activist did at a Donald Trump campaign event in Birmingham, Alabama. After the activist shouted, “Black lives matter,” Donald Trump shouted back from his podium, ordering his followers to “Get him the hell out of here!” Trump’s followers obeyed, grabbing the protester, pushing him to the floor, holding him down while punching and kicking him. Later, Donald Trump appeared on TV declare that the protester deserved what he got. “Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” said Trump.

Saying that black lives matter is absolutely disgusting? That’s what Robert Kriger, founder of a Donald Trump super PAC, seems to believe. He told CNN that African-American protesters at Donald Trump events should expect to be violently attacked.

NeoNazi Donald Trump SupporterThese racist brownshirt tactics from Trump supporters were followed by NeoNazi propaganda on Trump’s twitter account. Donald Trump retweeted a message from a NeoNazi, using a swastika for his account icon on Twitter, who says that Americans “should have listened to the Austrian chap with the little moustache”. The message Donald Trump retweeted claims that 81% of “whites” who are murdered in the United States are “killed by blacks”.

That statistic is astonishingly incorrect. In fact, if you’re going to divide Americans into “white” and ‘black”, then crime statistics show that 82.4 of “white” murder victims were killed by other “white” people. The 81% claim from the NeoNazi was 100% made up. Trump’s message passed on the claim that the 81% statistic came from the San Francisco Crime Statistics Bureau. There is no San Francisco Crime Statistics Bureau.

At the same event where Donald Trump encouraged supporters to beat up an African-American protester, he also called for the federal government to begin spying on Americans on the basis of religion, without any suspicion of criminal activities “I want surveillance of certain mosques if that’s OK,” Trump told the crowd of Alabama supporters.

Americans need to speak up today to tell Donald Trump that, no, conducting dragnet espionage against mosques is not OK. In the United States of America mobs do not get to decide who the police conduct search and seizure operations against. The Fourth Amendment is very clear about this matter. If they want to conduct surveillance, police have to go to a judge and present evidence against a specific person and a specific place, showing specific evidence that the person is likely to be involved in criminal activity.

Donald Trump’s call for massive government spying against American Muslims came just a day after Trump demanded that all Muslims in the United States be compelled to enter into a security database to enable the government to track their movements, and to carry mandatory identification cards showing their religious status. Trump also called for the federal government to begin forcing mosques in America to close. Critics have noted that this system is astonishingly similar to the system used to track and control Jews in Nazi Germany.

Somewhere, in the midst of all of this racist outbursts and furious demand for Big Brother spying, Donald Trump also joined Ben Carson in calling for the use of torture by the U.S. federal government.

So, comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler is not just based on a single event or impulsive statement. Trump has crafted a system of racist totalitarian nationalist policy similar to that of the Nazi Party over a long period of time.

The irony is that Trump’s supporters have justified these policies by saying that we are under attack, just like the world was under attack from Nazi Germany during World War II. Over the last week, Trump fans have exploited the terrorist attacks in Paris, France to promote Trump’s extreme agenda. They say that Muslims are on the verge of overrunning the United States, which is why extreme measures are called for.

A different kind of comparison to the events of World War II is more appropriate. Donald Trump and his supporters are saying that Americans must surrender their constitutional rights because of the terrorist attacks in Paris. But, how bad were the attacks in Paris, really, compared to what Paris faced during World War II?

130 people were killed on November 13. That’s bad. However, just within the legal boundaries of the city of Paris, the population is 2,240,621. In the metropolitan area of Paris, there are over 12 million people.

If 130 Parisians were killed every day, it would take more than 47 years for everyone in the city to be killed. Even then, there would be more than 10 million residents of the Paris metropolitan area left alive.

When Nazi Germany invaded France during World War II, they came with about 3,350,000 soldiers, they killed or wounded 360,000 Allied soldiers. There were about 10 attackers from the Islamic State in Paris a week and a half ago. They killed or wounded 498 people.

The terrorist attacks in Paris this month were terrible, but they weren’t on the scale of a major historical event. They weren’t of anything close to sufficient gravity to justify the abandonment of the Bill of Rights in the United States.

The attacks, after all, weren’t even in the United States.

Donald Trump and his supporters aren’t calling for the elimination of constitutional rights in the United States because the Paris attacks require such measures. They’re calling for the elimination of constitutional rights because it’s what they’ve wanted all along. The Paris Attacks are only giving them an excuse to openly talk of their darkest desires.

Donald Trump’s vision for America is so far outside our country’s democratic system of constitutional law that it is most fairly viewed as an attack against American values, rather than a defense of them. Donald Trump represents the most vicious and dangerous of political impulses present in the United States today.

In these circumstances, it is a grave responsibility for those Americans who still believe in the values of the Bill of Rights to take a public stand against the ugly Nazi politics of Donald Trump.

Let’s keep things in perspective. Donald Trump presents a much greater threat to the American way of life than the Islamic State’s attacks in Paris did.

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18 thoughts on “Donald Trump, The Nazis, And The Violence Of The Mob”

    1. Leroy says:

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

      “One of the first jobs Walker gave Bush was to manage UBC. Bush was a founding member of the bank and the incorporation documents, which list him as one of seven directors, show he owned one share in UBC worth $125…

      There was nothing illegal in doing business with the Thyssens throughout the 1930s and many of America’s best-known business names invested heavily in the German economic recovery. However, everything changed after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Even then it could be argued that BBH was within its rights continuing business relations with the Thyssens until the end of 1941 as the US was still technically neutral until the attack on Pearl Harbor. The trouble started on July 30 1942 when the New York Herald-Tribune ran an article entitled “Hitler’s Angel Has $3m in US Bank”. UBC’s huge gold purchases had raised suspicions that the bank was in fact a “secret nest egg” hidden in New York for Thyssen and other Nazi bigwigs. The Alien Property Commission (APC) launched an investigation…

      Within a few weeks, Homer Jones, the chief of the APC investigation and research division sent a memo to the executive committee of APC recommending the US government vest UBC and its assets. Jones named the directors of the bank in the memo, including Prescott Bush’s name, and wrote: “Said stock is held by the above named individuals, however, solely as nominees for the Bank voor Handel, Rotterdam, Holland, which is owned by one or more of the Thyssen family, nationals of Germany and Hungary. The 4,000 shares hereinbefore set out are therefore beneficially owned and help for the interests of enemy nationals, and are vestible by the APC,” according to the memo from the National Archives seen by the Guardian.

      Jones recommended that the assets be liquidated for the benefit of the government, but instead UBC was maintained intact and eventually returned to the American shareholders after the war.

      Some claim that Bush sold his share in UBC after the war for $1.5m – a huge amount of money at the time – but there is no documentary evidence to support this claim.

      No further action was ever taken nor was the investigation continued, despite the fact UBC was caught red-handed operating a American shell company for the Thyssen family eight months after America had entered the war and that this was the bank that had partly financed Hitler’s rise to power…

    2. Leroy says:

      Prescott Bush with Herr Hitler, the Supreme Leader:

      http://saynotojeb.com/wp-content/uploads/Adolf-Hitler-Prescott-Bush.jpg

    3. Leroy says:

      Of course, GWB had two grandfathers.

      Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker.

      Which was more pro Nazi? Or at least financially supporting the Fascist regime – and making money in that situation (even after war was declared)?

      http://www.romm.org/prescott.html

      (Numerous good links to follow there also)

      His paternal great grandfather (Samuel Prescott Bush) was quite the “below the belt” character also.

    4. Leroy says:

      The main difference seems to be that the Bushes were more than willing to “buddy up” to the Hitlers and Saddams and Family of Saud for financial and political gain.

      Whereas Trump openly emulates Hitler (in a chilling number of ways) because that is who he is – and wants to be!

  1. Charles Manning says:

    J Clifford, what really scares me is that Trump, Rubio, and Cruz are all rising to the top in the Republican party, and all have charisma that’s appealing to the mainstream media. Recent questioning by mainstream reporters has failed to effectively raise your excellent criticisms. I would like you to focus on the deficiencies of the MSM as well as what Trump et al. are saying.

    1. Dave says:

      It’s called Teflon, Charles. Reagan had a suit made of it, as did Clinton.

      1. Dave says:

        That’s Bill Clinton. Hillary’s pant-suit has the same qualities. Teflon is produced by combining public likeability with MSM’s desire for ratings.

        1. Charles Manning says:

          Dave, calling it Teflon given Trump and the others too much credit, and lets off the media. Consider the interview by Stephanopoulos of Trump on Sunday. We could go over it question by question and notice that Stephanopoulos fails to ask probing questions — questions that wouldn’t allow Trump to brush the truth aside.

          1. Dave says:

            What I mean is, the MSM is the Teflon. No probing questions of Obama, Hillary, Trump etc. because they have a need for viewership, whereas the candidates have alternatives to getting their message out. One hardball question and these people are powerful enough to say “I don’t need you, one more question like that and see if you get any more one on one interviews from me.” The Obama team was masterful at leveraging this.

            I have seen some pretty antagonistic interviewers take on Trump (think CNN) but his great skill is in ignoring them and going on about his main talking points. They can’t control what happens when they give him airtime, and as people have come to loathe most MSM outlets, the entertainment value in seeing them get a sort of comeuppance is priceless. The MSM knows that ratings go up when he is on, though they may not yet be self-aware enough to know why.

            I don’t think I’d go so far as J. in likening Trump to Hitler, but he certainly takes advantage of populist impulses in the same way. Even Hitler admitted that nothing much happened for National Socialism until he got the microphone.

    2. J Clifford says:

      You know, Charles, I don’t like corporate media one bit.

      Nonetheless, I have to say that I don’t blame the corporate media on this one.

      The information is out there. It’s available.

      I blame the people who follow Trump for not giving a damn, and for even admiring Donald Trump for saying and doing terrible things, as if it’s a character asset.

      There’s no false front with Donald Trump, as there has been with some leaders in the past.

      No, the people who support this guy are to blame. Corporate media didn’t make them the way they are.

  2. Korky Day says:

    Anybody could be a secret Hitler.
    I just don’t get that impression of Trump. Mein Kampf at his bedside? Sounds trumped up, like many of the allegations in the article.
    I listened to the Alabama speech where he tells someone to take the protester out of the meeting. Didn’t sound viscous, just didn’t believe in letting disrupters stay.

    Nevertheless, he could be a ‘Hitler’, just like any past, present, or future president.
    I’ll keep an open mind.

  3. Leroy says:

    KD….

    Did you click on the links in the posted initial article?

    You DO know that those things in BLUE are links to articles, right? And that Tweets are PUBLIC INFORMATION?

    So what was simply an “allegation”???

    These are things that Trump did… not things that people are claiming that he did!

    These aren’t someone’s opinion.

    Have an open mind to REAL research, not “something you heard”.

    1. Dave says:

      Leroy-Bob. I clicked most of the blue links in the article so I could tell Korky all about the “REAL research” you cite. Links went to sites that comment on “inbred Alabamians” and an opinion that Trump supporters are a hate group. A couple referenced opinions of contributors to Irregular Times, but my favorite was the page on Café Press displaying bumper stickers available, all with Trump’s name on them. That’s real research, Dude.

      I’m sure even the Donald knows the Madison Avenue axiom that advertising is expensive, publicity is cheap. This is pure free publicity for Trump and frankly I would re-work these items to give that free publicity to the candidates I support.

      Not to denigrate J.’s article, as it is interesting for its astute observations on the relative gravity of recent events, but your appeal to all the “real research” just turns up events that are in the news anyway, and what J. has done is to present a digest of stories about Trump and an opinion that he is not to be trusted with the job.

      1. Dave says:

        Regarding the Madison Avenue thing, the more people see Trump’s name on everything, regardless of its context, the bigger he becomes.

  4. Leroy says:

    And, KD, Trump isn’t just “anybody”, he’s running for president of the United States. Quite a bit different than if your plumber secretly wants to be Hitler, no?

    Also, a lot of information about Trump comes not only from his Tweets and interviews, but even from his books.

  5. Tom says:

    It appears that Paris, like Sandy Hook, etc was another false flag op by OUR CIA to advance its agenda. Today we have the Turks shooting down a Russian jet fighter. How far away from WWIII are we?

    1. Dave says:

      Tom, I’ve been wondering the same thing. Putin may expand his Syrian adventure to include Turkey, a NATO ally. Here we go.

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