Leftist group releases video comparing Trump to Hitler
The video consists of very brief grabs from Trump speeches intercut with old movie footage of 1930s Nazi rallies. As even a moderate and sentimental Christian gentleman like George Bush II was often called a Nazi by the Left, that is no great surprise. And comparing Trump's immigration proposals to Hitler's immolation of 6 million Jews also has plenty of precedent, idiotic though it obviously is.
But the video released by the Agenda Project carries the slander to a whole new level. If Trump becomes the GOP nominee we can expect it to be very widely aired. There will be no shortage of Leftist donors coming forward to finance that. So some comment on it seems warranted.
The only substantial thing they have to hang the advertisement on is Trump's proposal for a temporary halt to Muslim immigration.
An obvious immediate response is to note that Muslims are not a race but a religion. Muslims can be of any race. But a more important response is to ask what immigration restrictions have in common with killing Jews. They do in fact have some historical connections. That great Leftist hero, FDR, refused to admit to America Jews fleeing Hitler, the St Louis episode, thus sealing the fate of many of them. So if Trump is a Nazi so was FDR. When a Democrat President had the opportunity to confront and oppose Hitler, he actually aided and abetted Hitler.
It could be argued that the Muslims concerned are also refugees fleeing death but that is not at all true. The refugees Trump wants to keep out do not come directly from Muslim countries. Muslim countries won't have them. They come from Western Europe where they already have refuge. So there is no threat to their lives and Trump's policies fully implemented would kill no-one. So much for the comparisons with Hitler. The comparison is fundamentally dishonest, like so much of Leftism.
But I liked this sentence in the screed below:
"The modern Republican Party has historically incorporated both racist and fascist elements in its political strategy".
The mention of history is perhaps unfortunate. A more accurate version of the sentence would be:
"The modern Democratic Party has historically incorporated both racist and fascist elements in its political strategy".
The KKK was composed of Democrats and Southern segregationists like George Wallace and Orval Faubus were Democrats. And FDR praised Mussolini and held him up as an example to be emulated.
And Democrat attempts to control everything that moves are very similar to what Mussolini did. See here. Judged by their policies, the Democrats are modern-day Fascists
The Agenda Project Action Fund released a new ad Tuesday blasting the Republican party, particularly Donald Trump, for "anti-Muslim" rhetoric. The ad is part of a yearlong campaign against the "fascist and racist rhetoric" the group says the Republican party has been spewing and promoting thus far in the 2016 presidential election.
"We have to ask ourselves: what kind of country do we want to be? One that stands up to hatred and lives up to the principles enshrined in the Constitution and inscribed on the Statue of Liberty or one that rules by fear and subjugation of individuals we deem different," said Erik Altieri, president of the Agenda Project, a progressive policy organization aimed at ensuring that politicians work in the interest of everyday Americans. "We must unite against this bigotry or we risk losing everything we represent as a nation."
The ad, which can be seen here, likens Trump's proposed ban on the immigration of Muslims to the U.S. to 1930s Germany. The Agenda Project Action Fund finds that the policy proposals of some Republicans harken back to the nation's long-embedded racial tensions.
"The modern Republican Party has historically incorporated both racist and fascist elements in its political strategy, the most prominent of which have been the so-called 'Southern Strategy' initiated in the 1968 and in the first post-civil rights movement election at the national level, with appeals to the 'White Vote' and, more recently, to 'real America' as articulated by such figures as Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman," reads a statement from the group.
"Previously, they were politically savvy enough to hide their bigotry, wrapping it in innuendo and alluding to it using dog whistle politics. Now, with Donald Trump as the party's front runner for their nomination for president, the gloves are off and the smoke screen has been cleared, leaving only the ugly reality."
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).