Playing Ball With Comparisons of Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler

Trump Muslim Ban

Adolf Hitler became infamous for targeting people according to their ethnicity and religious views, scapegoating them with irrational fears.

Many Americans are now accusing Donald Trump of using the same tactics, targeting Hispanics for their ethnicity and Muslims for their religion. These accusations have become heightened after an executive order from Donald Trump at the end of last week imposed a travel ban that was designed to target Muslims, while unconstitutionally granting special immigration privileges to Christians.

Among those responding has been Stan Van Gundy, coach of the Detroit Pistons basketball team. Commenting on the Muslim ban, Gundy said, “It’s just playing to people’s fears and prejudices and everything else, and we’re getting back to the days of putting the Japanese in relocation camps and Hitler registering the Jews. That’s where we’re headed, and it’s just fear-mongering and playing to a certain base of people that have some built-in prejudices that aren’t fair.”

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MP Peter Grant Pledges To Stand Against Trump’s Nazi-Like Persecutions

Scots Against Trump

Peter Grant, a member of the British Parliament from Glenrothes in Scotland, stood in the House of Commons yesterday and pledged his allegiance with those who are being persecuted by Donald Trump. Grant declared, “There are similarities between how Trump has been talking about Muslims for years and how others talked about Jews in the 1930s. If those similarities are not clear enough for anyone in here to understand, they should ​not be involved in politics at this or any other level. I found the comments of the hon. Member for Bradford West immensely powerful and I want to say something in response to her quote. They came for the Muslims, and I am not a Muslim. They will come for Jews, and I am not Jew. They will come for the gays, and I am not a gay. They will come for the Mexicans, and I am not a Mexican. But, by God, I will speak up and I will join, hand in hand, with the thousands who are in Whitehall right now and in towns and cities the length and breadth of these islands and across the world.

America is our friend, but Donald Trump will never be my friend unless he mends his ways enormously. Friends sometimes do things that are so abominable that we have to say, “You stop that right now or our friendship is over.” We have to ask the Government what is the price of the continued friendship. If we are not prepared to stop that friendship now, how far down the slippery slope does he have to take us before we say, “No more”? If we go too far, it will be too late to stop. Last week at Prime Minister’s questions, I quoted prose by Robert Burns, but I never thought I would have to quote the same words again. He said that that whatever damages society, or any least part of it, “this is my measure of iniquity.” This is an iniquitous action by an iniquitous President, and I will never cease to speak out against it.”

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Refugee From Nazi Germany Signs Petition To Bar Donald Trump From Visiting UK

Parliament Against Trump

Yesterday, Ruth Cadbury, a member of the British House of Commons from Brentford and Isleworth spoke of the testimony of Susie Barnett, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Cadbury told her colleagues in Parliament, “Speakers at Hounslow’s civic commemoration of the holocaust this morning reminded us of the importance of compassion and refuge in the face of hate. Council leader Councillor Steve Curran celebrated the diversity of the people in that room—people from all backgrounds from all over the world—and made the link between Hounslow welcoming people in the room and all the people who live in Hounslow now from all over the world. They have included Sir Mo Farah, who arrived and was welcomed in Hounslow aged eight in about 1990.

We also heard from Susie Barnett, who was born in 1938 in Hamburg. She told us of her family’s moving and incredible story, of fleeing the hate and discrimination of Nazi Germany at the end of 1930s and arriving separately in the UK as refugees. That family story of personal relationships and tragedy brought home to us the link between world events and what happens to families and ordinary people in these circumstances.

After the service this morning, I thanked Susie for her moving story and was able to tell her about the petition demanding that the invitation to President Trump be withdrawn. I told her that while she was speaking the tally on that petition tipped over the 1 million mark. She said, “Right, when I get home this afternoon, I am going to sign it.” That petition is still being signed at the rate of 10 signatures every second, and by the end of this evening the figure could hit 1.5 million.

My right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) referred to the rules on movement and the safety of refugees that emerged from the ashes of world war two. The President of the United States is trying to rewrite these rules. He is fuelling fears, and a local Muslim activist phoned me this morning worrying about the implications of the feelings that President Trump is spreading in the US: what will that mean for the Muslim community here in the UK and in Hounslow?

The Executive order was directed at Muslims and at refugees, but the President is also effectively demonising many others—Mexicans, women, refugees from all over the world and now, we hear today, green activists, who among other things are trying to save the American bald eagle, symbol of the United States. We have to stand up against this prejudice, before it leads to mass injustice.”

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British MP Naz Shah Likens Trump Muslim Ban To Beginning of Nazi Persecution

British Parliament MP Shah

Naz Shah, a member of the British House of Parliament, spoke yesterday during a debate on a measure that would ban Donald Trump from coming to the United Kingdom for a state visit. The measure was considered in response to Trump’s establishment of a travel ban targeting Muslims that has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded or detained around the world.

Shah noted the similarities of Trump’s actions to the Nazi path to genocide. She commented: “I will start by sharing an experience from this weekend, when I hosted the Jewish Board of Deputies in my office in Bradford. I shared with them a publication from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, “Path to Genocide”, which sets out the stages along that path. In stage 1, “classification”:

“The differences between people are not respected. There’s a division of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This can be carried out through the use of stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.”

Stage 2 is “a visual manifestation of hatred. Jews in Nazi occupied Europe were forced to wear yellow stars to show that they were ‘different’.”

In stage 4, “dehumanisation”: “Those who are perceived as ‘different’ are treated with no form of human right or personal dignity. During the Genocide in Rwanda, Tutsis were referred to as ‘cockroaches’; the Nazis referred to Jews as ‘vermin’.”

This weekend, I went to the Holocaust memorial service at Bradford cathedral. Rudi Leavor, who leads the Bradford synagogue, shared his story of how he fled Nazi Germany. His father, who was a dentist, took the family away and they fled persecution. As they left on the train, they saw a family on the platform who were the last to wave them off; that family did not survive.

For me, the matter is very personal. It is personal because if my daughter decides to wear a hijab, what are the chances of her not being persecuted? We have seen videos and read news reports of hijabs being ripped off and of women being thrown down steps just because of what they are wearing, and here is the so-called leader of the free world telling us that it is okay to ban Muslims. Donald John Trump says that he is tackling terrorism with his Executive order, but the fact is that the chance of being murdered in the US in a terrorist attack committed by a refugee is one in 3.64 billion each year. More people have been killed in America by gun crime than by people from the countries that have been banned. If the President really wants to save Americans from death, he needs to look at gun crime.”

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British Parliament Remembers WWII And Compares Trump To Hitler

UK Parliament Dennis Skinner

Today, the Parliament of the United Kingdom considered a measure that would ban Donald Trump from visiting the country. The move comes in response to an executive order imposed by Trump that has stranded 20,000 people in just the first few days of its implementation, and led to havoc in airports around the world. The executive order is a travel ban targeting Muslims, and is intended, according to Trump himself, to grant special government privileges to Christians. Such government preference for one religion over another is in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the highest law in the USA.

Dennis Skinner, a member of Parliament representing Bolsover, urged his colleagues to pass the ban against a visit by Trump. Remembering his own experiences during World War II, Skinner said, “Will the Foreign Secretary just for a moment try to recall, along with me, as I hid underneath the stairs when two fascist dictators, Mussolini and Hitler, were raining bombs on towns and cities in Britain. Now this Government are hand-in-hand with another fascist: Trump. And what I say to him: Do the decent thing and ban the visit. This man is not fit to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela.”

Skinner’s colleague, Yvette Cooper, supported his comments, telling the House of Commons, “This order was signed on Holocaust Memorial Day. For the sake of history, for heaven’s sake have the guts to speak out!”

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Overt Fascists Form Militia Against Protesters Who Defy Trump

One of the few remaining differences between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler was that Hitler had militias of supporters, willing to fight for his campaign. That distinction appears to be disappearing.

Mussolini Lion Guard Militia

Today, a group calling itself the Lion Guard has launched a web site, seeking to organize supporters of Donald Trump into a militia to counter protests at Trump rallies. The group claims to be “dedicated to the safety and security of Trump supporters,” but has also declared itself willing to use violence, “willing to forcefully protect” Donald Trump from people it perceives to be threats.

Logo of the Lion Guard MilitiaOver the weekend, the Lion Guard organized a Twitter account, which quickly gained over 500 followers, but then shut down in under 24 hours. This led many to believe that the Lion Guard was defunct. Attention to the militia faded, but it soon popped up again at a different Twitter account, and now is organizing through its own web site, at LionsOfTrump (.net).

The first question that comes to mind is why the militia calls itself the Lion Guard or the Lions of Trump. What’s up with the lion?

Actually, lion imagery is found throughout imagery used by Trump supporters, in bumper stickers, on tshirts, and on campaign buttons, as well as on graphics online. It’s not an accident that the Lion Guard chose that name for itself, or that it chose to create an image of a lion as its icon and as the header for its web site.

The reason Trump supporters use the lion in their materials is revealed in the main image from the Lion Guard web site, the image you see at the top of the article. The image of a lion is accompanied by the motto, “Better to be a lion for a day than a lamb for eternity.”

That motto is almost a word-for-word translation of a favorite saying of Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who said, “It is better to live a day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” Is it a coincidence that the Lion Guard used this phrase in its call to form a militia for the “defense” of Donald Trump from protesters?

Sadly, no. Donald Trump himself has used that same Mussolini quote to promote his campaign. Trump refused to distance himself from Mussolini’s words, and told reporters, when the public realized that Trump was citing a bit of Fascist ideology, “It’s a very good quote.”

Donald Trump’s repetition of the Mussolini quote was big news, talked about by reporters, commentators, and American voters for days. Anybody who has followed the presidential campaign of Donald Trump — as the Lion Guard founders do — couldn’t have missed it. It’s just not plausible that the Lion Guard placed that same Fascist motto front and center on their web site by coincidence. It was a deliberate choice, to send a chilling message about the character of the militia being formed.

Mussolini rose to power on the strength of his own militia, a group that also claimed to be “defending” the Fascist leader from Socialist enemies. The militia, commonly known as the Blackshirts, but organized under the formal title of the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale, or Voluntary Militia for National Security, engaged in street fights against the followers of Mussolini’s opponents, terrorized journalists, and eventually carried out assassinations of labor union leaders and anti-Fascist political leaders. It’s frightening that the Lion Guard would choose to invoke this sinister tradition at its founding.

The problem isn’t just that Donald Trump admires the words of Benito Mussolini. It’s that Trump — and his supporters — admire the meaning behind the words. Mussolini’s point, one that Trump and his fans embrace, is that people must choose between being strong predators or weak prey, and that, given this choice, it is better to prey upon the weak than to allow oneself to become prey.

This is a fundamentally fascist concept, and one that is familiar to anyone who has spent any time paying attention to Donald Trump’s speeches. Trump is almost constantly talking about how how “strong” he is, and how “weak” his rivals are. He complains that other leaders have allowed the United States to become a nation of weak losers, while he will ensure that our country starts winning — that he will Make America Great Again.

Trump promises to show no mercy to his enemies. He promises to torture, to engage in mass executions, to lock up cultural minorities in prison or exile them, to “bomb the shit out them.”

Trump encourages this violent posture among his followers as well. He tells people at his rallies that he longs for the days when protesters were beaten up until they had to be taken away on stretchers by medics. He instructs his crowds to “Knock the crap out of them,” whenever they see a protester, and pledges that he will pay the legal fees of any of his supporters who is brought to trial on assault charges.

Trump’s trick is that he always denies afterwards that he has ever urged his followers to violence. Even though these words are caught on videotape, Trump tells reporters that he condemns violence and wants his followers to be peaceful.

The Lion Guard of Trump supporters plays the same trick. First, they say that they are “willing to forcefully protect” Donald Trump’s rallies from anti-Trump protesters, but then, the Lion Guard organizers insist that they will only be gathering information on protesters, so that they can be watched, and escorted out of rallies.

If I were an anti-Trump protester, I wouldn’t that the Lion Guard militia at its word. We’ve all seen what happens to protesters while they are being escorted out of Trump rallies.

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Louis C.K. Warns That Donald Trump Is Like Hitler

Donald Trump has a certain celebrity appeal to many Americans, so when a celebrity says this, perhaps people will take greater notice.

These words came this weekend from comedian Louis C.K.:

“Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all…

…it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.

Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous…

…voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.

donald trump and adolf hitlerIf you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you.

In fact, if you do vote for Trump, at least look at him very carefully first. You owe that to the rest of us. Know and understand who he is. Spend one hour on google and just read it all…

…But more importantly, listen to Trump. Listen to all of it. Everything he says. If you liked when he said that ‘torture works’ then go look at where he took it back the next day. He’s a fucking liar.

A vote for Trump is so clearly a gut-vote, and again I get it. But add a little brain to it and look the guy up. Because if you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son. Because American democracy is broken enough that a guy like that could really fuck things up. That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him…

…I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is. Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president.”

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Donald Trump On The Weimar Republic

trump swastikaIn 2005, Donald Trump co-wrote an article with Robert Kiyosaki about the troubles of the Weimar Republic. The title of the article was “Will History Repeat Itself?”

The conclusion Trump came to was this:

“History is repeating itself, only this time the problem is bigger.”

Trump’s definition of the problem, in this article, wasn’t the rise of Adolf Hitler. It was the economic policies of Weimar Germany.

In 2008, the United States did suffer an economic crisis, the Great Recession.

Trump warned, in his 2005 article, that the crisis would be caused by too many American workers feeling entitled to pension money from the systems that they had paid money into.

That wasn’t the cause of the Great Recession. The cause was unscrupulous Wall Street financial professionals who invested workers’ pension money in unscrupulous real estate schemes.

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Trump and Hitler Connection Isn’t Funny Any More

Paula Poundstone is a great comedian, with a slightly tilted outlook on life that rarely takes anything in a fully serious way.

Today, Paula Poundstone has been frightened unfunny (no, not scared straight).

“I made a mistake. I used to say Trump was funny. He never was. I am sorry.”

She writes on Twitter that:

“The similarities between Trump and Hitler are frightening. We need to care about one another and not be frightened into becoming unAmerican.”

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Former Mexican President Says Trump Is Like Hitler

Vicente Fox“Today, he’s going to take that nation back to the old days of conflict, war and everything. I mean, he reminds me of Hitler. That’s the way he started speaking.”

These words came yesterday from Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico. Fox was speaking with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

“He has offended Mexico, Mexicans, immigrants. He has offended the Pope. He has offended the Chinese. He’s offended everybody.”

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