Welcome to the United States, where we never seem to learn from our mistakes and history repeats itself. Nearly 70 years after the world learned how hate rhetoric can turn into something as horrible and inhumane as the Holocaust, the US elected a modern day Hitler as our new president. Think that the Hitler comparison is too harsh for Trump? Think again. Here are five ways Trump is eerily similar to the fascist leader (plus a bonus one):
1. They both have blaming issues:
Trump kicked off his campaign with words that will forever be etched into the minds of Americans: “When Mexico is sending its people…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists…. And some, I assume, are good people.” But that was only the beginning, he then went on to blame Muslims, immigrants, and any other groups he didn’t like for America’s problems. Sounds familiar. That’s exactly how Hitler got people riled up and supportive of the Holocaust, by blaming an entire religion and minority ethnic groups for Germany’s problems. The Jews bore the brunt of his anger, but he also extended it to others he considered unsuitable to live, like the Gypsies and the Slavs, and even Germans who were homosexual or mentally or physically disabled.
2. Both wanted specific groups to wear ID Tags(or carry them):
Trump wants Muslims in America to be easily identified by everyone. Half the work is already done for him, since a lot of Muslim women are identifiable by their headscarves. But Trump wants to take it much further by making Muslim-Americans register with a government database, as well as making them carry “special religious ID cards”. And the cherry on top of all of this nonsense is that he wants to revive government surveillance of Muslim-Americans and mosques. This is what the modern day version of the golden star of David looks like.
3. They both surrounded themselves with like-minded people:
When Hitler seized control of Germany, the very first thing he did was outlaw every other political party other than his own, and make illegal any voices against the government. OK, now there is a difference between post-WWI Germany and modern day USA, but Trump’s doing something nearly equivalent to that. His VP Mike Pence is a man who supports overturning major Supreme Court cases in order to infringe on the rights of many Americans. Members of his soon-to-be announced cabinet include Myron Ebell for EPA, a man who does not believe in global warming, and Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, someone who was denied the confirmation to be a federal judge because he claimed that he thought the KKK were ok, until he found out they smoke pot. All of them share very similar views on most things with Trump, like immigration and social justice issues. Ironically, Trump claimed that as president he would “drain the swamp” and get rid of lobbyists in Washington. Yet most of the men nominated are exactly that. And the best part of all of this? He also has a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate.
4. They both ‘tapped’ into a cesspool of frustration:
When Hitler ran for prime minister, he gave speeches that galvanized the Germans into hating non-Aryan peoples, but mostly Jews. It’s not because they did something wrong, it’s because they were there and vulnerable. Most of Europe had a history of anti-semitism, especially Austria where he had grown up. So he built off of the hatred that already existed, and gave Germans someone to blame for all their problems. These are the exact tactics that Trump is using right now. They both used economic failure to their advantage by blaming immigrants and offshore company relocation for the decrease in jobs for working class white people. He’s tapping into the frustration that many White Americans generally feel about their privilege slowly slipping out from under their feet. He’s their voice, and he tells it like it is. Just like Hitler.
5. They both wanted to make their countries ‘great’ again:
Trump’s main slogan his entire campaign was “Make America Great Again”. Hitler’s entire campaign and presidency, although not implicitly stated, was about making Germany great again. Trump has repeatedly said that it war time to make America how it was in the good old days. Back when Black men were lynched for no reason, a woman’s only role war to be a housewife, and white privilege existed everywhere; when segregation was going strong, and immigrants stayed invisible. Those were his good old days. And Hitler, his promise was to restore Germany to its glory days, when it was a world power and didn’t have to pay war reparations to a bunch of other countries. And somehow, making their respective countries great again somehow connects to Russia. Putin, the leader of Russia, has expressed time and time again what a big fan he is of The Donald. And if that doesn’t send red flags, the fact that Stalin and Hitler thought of each other as brilliant leaders, despite their ideological differences, should.
6. Trump and Hitler have unfortunate identifiers:
On the lighter side of things, Hitler was also known for his horrendous little mustache. That furry thing was always present and made it seem like he had a stiff upper lip. As for Trump, well it seems as if he powders himself with Cheetoh dust every morning, and that blonde mound on his head never seems to fail to make him look like an oompa loompa. I guess sometimes what’s outside really does reflect what’s inside.
So who knows what’s next. Trump could very well end up being the worst thing that ever happened to this country and the world, other than slavery of course, and end up going down in history as modern day Hitler. Or he could just end up being nothing more than an embarrassment. Either way the country, and maybe the electoral college, has most likely made the biggest mistake.