To suggest that America’s new President-Elect, Donald Trump, is the “New Hitler,” is an exercise in gilding the lily. However, to ignore the warnings of Nazi echoes in Trump’s presidential campaign and his many tweets, is to court danger. As Winston Churchill said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Donald Trump, a person routinely pilloried and painted as a buffoon by his detractors, is in fact a savvy media mover who saw that the way to the political throne was to appeal to the disenfranchised, the working class who felt abandoned- the blue collar many, rather than the mega-wealthy few.
It is thought that Trump, a billionaire who in 2016 was said by Forbes to be the 113th wealthiest person in America and the 324th in the world, first got a taste for politics during the 1980s after being impressed by Ronald Reagan’s campaign. It took a couple more decades until Trump would act on his new political ambitions.
In 2000, Trump made a false start with his bid to be leader of the Reform Party, which Trump later withdrew. Then in 2011, Trump used the “Birther Movement” (a group made up of conspiracy theorists who demanded to see Obama’s birth certificate) to elbow his way back into the political landscape.
Just like the British political party Ukip, once lead by Trump’s Friend Nigel Farage, Donald set out to appeal to the “Nationalist,” “Traditionalist” and “Isolationist” mindset. It is here that the echoes of nazi warnings began to emerge. As Stephen Hawking pithily put it in regards to Trump, “He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.” Hawking could, of course, have said the very same thing about Hitler.
The Washington Post, who picked up on the parallels between Trump and Nazi propaganda, reported that “This year’s Holocaust remembrance comes at a time when Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, retweets to his nearly 6 million followers a message from @WhiteGenocideTM based in “Jewmerica,” and a time when his nearest challenger, Ted Cruz, brandishes the endorsement of a minister who says Hitler was a “hunter” sent after the Jews by God. There has never been a more important time for Americans to heed the moral authority of the Holocaust survivors still among us.”
The Washington Post also spoke to Al Munzer, who gave his thoughts on echoes of Nazi warnings, when he said, “It’s really frightening.” Al Munzer was hidden as an infant in the Netherlands with a Dutch family and their Muslim nanny. “When you see these mass rallies that Trump is able to attract, you really wonder: How are they buying into this message of hate?”