It’s all a bit of a mix between distasteful and hysterical, but if you’re minded to make comparisons between President Donald Trump and Chancellor Adolf Hitler, please take a few moments to watch this video – with apologies in advance for the narrator’s somewhat irritating voice. Allie, who calls herself the ‘Conservative Millennial’ offers a simple explanation as to who Hitler was, what he did and what we mean generally by the terms fascism and racism. Allie’s comments are pretty unsophisticated, but she does make you think whether anybody can seriously suggest that President Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler incarnate …
For a more intellectual, historical analysis of comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, and in response to the assertion, ‘Well, Hitler was democratically elected …’, Brendan O’Neill wrote a piece recently in spiked online (the full article is linked below). Here’s an excerpt:
‘Today’s talk of Trump and the Reichstag Fire [the seminal moment in Hitler’s rise to power] is embarrassing not simply because it is yet another ugly, cynical use of Nazi imagery to drive home a political point, but also because the fire and its consequences in fact disprove the idea that the 1930s have returned. In particular the fire dispels the deeply prejudiced, elitist idea that democracy can give us fascism; that the demos should not be trusted with deciding things like the future of the EU, or even with picking the President of the United States, because, as Hitler’s victory reminds us, ordinary people are stupid and violent. No. Nazism reminds us what happens when democracy and freedom are destroyed, when they are treated as negotiable commodities.
It is not the enacting of democracy that should make us think of the 1930s – it’s the casual disregard for it among those who conceive of themselves as better and more clued-up than the rest of us …‘
On the subject of ‘those who conceive of themselves as better and more clued-up than the rest of us’, a few folk come to mind including, inter alia, Tony Blair, Lord Mandelson, Sir John Major and Lord Heseltine. You may be able to think of a few others who consider themselves better able than you to decide what’s best for you.
Here’s Brendan O’Neill’s full article on the subject No, Hitler was not democratically elected
I delegated this post to the Conservative Millennial and Brendan O’Neill only because they seemed better able than me succinctly to explain why casual comparisons between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler are, well, a bit silly really. Brendan O’Neill is the Editor of spiked.