No, People Aren’t Making Hitler Comparisons Across The Board
On a Yahoo Answers board, a user attempts to deflect the intensifying comparison between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler by shrugging and commenting that, gosh, everybody always compares every presidential candidate to Hitler: “Liberals say Trump is like Hitler. Conservatives say Hillary Clinton is like Hitler. What’s with people these days?”
Is it true? Are Hitler comparisons rampant, a sign of degraded political discourse in the USA?
Statistics say no. A Google search of “Donald Trump is like Hitler” finds 22,000 results.
A Google search of “Bernie Sanders is like Hitler” finds 10 results.
A Google search of “Hillary Clinton is like Hitler” finds 2 results.
There are many, many people who don’t like Hillary Clinton, but there is almost no one who has thought to compare Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler.
Large numbers of Republicans find Bernie Sanders’ efforts to provide college education and health care to Americans regardless of income abhorrent, but to almost none of these Republicans has it occurred that Bernie Sanders just might be the next Adolf Hitler.
When people compare Donald Trump in particular to Adolf Hitler, they aren’t doing so just out of some kind of nasty political reflex in our culture in which every politician we don’t like gets accused of being like Hitler. These statistics show that this popular dismissal of Trump-Hitler comparisons doesn’t hold water.
When people compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, they are doing so because they notice that, in fact, there are some strong similarities between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.