Skip to comments.Trump vs. Hitler: Letís Run the Numbers
Posted on 10/20/2017 9:14:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning. It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound. It was as if a gigantic clap of thunder had been produced by an immense boot of truth.
Allow me to explain. On my screen appeared a think piece comparing Adolf Hitler with Donald Trump. Trump Isnt Hitler. But the Lying . . . , by op-ed columnist Charles Blow, advances a breathtaking claim that has never, to my knowledge, appeared in any media outlet before: That though Trump isnt Hitler, hes actually pretty close, when you really think about it.
I was gobsmacked. My mind reeled. I cant emphasize enough how fresh, how novel, how utterly without precedent this Hitler-Trump comparison is. Blow further clarifies that the first three words of the title of his column are something of a ruse, because in fact Trump is Hitler in important respects. Furthermore, to drop this knowledge on the public was to Blow a duty of such moment that it drove him to carry out a godlike act of slamming his truth-boot down through the firmament upon our benighted planet. If, Blow says, some might be shy about comparing Trump to Hitler, I have neither time nor patience for such tiptoeing. I prefer the boot of truth to slam down to earth like thunder, no matter the shock of hearing its clap.
I know Im not the first to say this, but thank you, Charles Blow, and thank you to whatever celestial cobbler made your extraterrestrial boot of truth. Other, humbler writers may offer us, say, a sneaker of accuracy or a moccasin of factualness. Only you could deliver unto us the insight that Trump is the new Hitler with a truth-boot so colossal that it can slam down to earth like thunder.
As far as Im concerned, what Blow has accomplished is not unlike the discovery of penicillin, or the theory of relativity. It is certainly, as he says, completely unheard-of a shock, as he puts it to hear someone compare Trump to Hitler. The intellectual history of our age must henceforth be divided into the period before and after Blow built the conceptual framework connecting Hitler to Trump for the very first time.
The more I thought about Blows breakthrough discovery of a through-line between Hitler and Trump, the more frustrated I became. Why has no one ever before warned us that our president is comparable to historys greatest monster? Shouldnt the alarm bell have been sounded long ago? Why did it take until October 19, 2017, for someone in the media to call out the similarities? Is it not a staggering dereliction of duty on the part of our academics, public intellectuals, and sages that so many days went by without a single one of them notifying us that Trump is much like Hitler?
I longed to know more, but as I dont possess a righteous boot of truth to pull on over my foot of inquiry I decided meekly to look up the facts. With the aid of National Reviews data lab, I found a trove of statistics about Hitler and Trump. Here are some of them.
HITLER: Murdered 11 million according to one analysis. TRUMP: Has murdered no one thus far.
HITLER: Invaded the sovereign states of Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Free State of Danzig, Denmark, France, Guernsey, Hungary, Italy, Jersey, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia. TRUMP: Has invaded no sovereign states.
HITLER: Started a world war that killed more than 5 million in his armed forces alone, plus many millions more in other countries. TRUMP: Has started no world wars.
At this point in my research I was dejected. Trump didnt appear much like Hitler at all. But things got better when I spent some time on PolitiFact, Snopes, and the site with the Pinocchios and learned that when people like Blow make claims that initially appear unconvincing, its important to pull back and add more context until, at worst, people like Blow can be described as half-correct. So lets do that.
HITLER: Wanted to make Germany great again. TRUMP: Wants to make America great again.
HITLER: Wore funny little mustache. TRUMP: Wears funny little hat.
HITLER: Shunned alcohol. TRUMP: Shuns alcohol.
HITLER: Time magazine Man of the Year, 1938. TRUMP: Time magazine Person of the Year, 2016.
HITLER: Fascist. TRUMP: Republican.
HITLER: Lied about Jews being the source of Germanys misery. TRUMP: Lied about ratings for The Apprentice, his Electoral College victory being the biggest since Reagans, and whether anyone else had been on the cover of Time more than he.
HITLER: Seized control of most media outlets including newspapers, radio, and newsreels. TRUMP: Sent out many tweets.
These parallels are chilling enough. Trump isnt Hitler, but . . . close enough. Congratulations to Blows mighty boot of truth and the thunderclap it made. Now I call upon the rest of the media to pick up where he began. Who will be the next to expound upon the manifold parallels between Trump and Hitler? Anyone who does so should, of course, credit Charles Blow for so courageously originating the theory.
20 years from now, if the NY Times is still publishing, they will run op-eds saying “If only the GOP would nominate sensible centrists like Donald Trump instead of X who is literally Hitler”.
The only parallel is that both are nationalists, But any other similarity ends there. Hitler was a diabolical madman. Trump is a great American who has no mission to conquer foreign lands for America or to set up extermination camps.
More slight of hand by NR. Those unhinged faux conservatives are truly Classical, true conservativism’s enemy. Pay them no mind except to laugh at them publically.
To liberals, everyone to their right is Hitler.
Hitler was not a Nationalist, a Nationalist respects other nations, Hitler wanted basically his version of the EU for Europe.
Pay them no mind except to laugh at them publically.
It's a terrible thing to have your gob get smacked....................
No. It was not the point of the article. It was NR slight of hand. Destroying with coyness. Knowing many would not get it.
NR is the enemy!
I thought it was great. I thought it was funny. They pointed out that the comparisons are absurd, and did it with humor.
But opinions vary.
20 years from now elections in the US will be as meaningless as the sham elections in Red China currently.
Yes. And you, unlike many, may be a subtle thinker.
But that is not NR’s hope don’t think.
No so! There are lots of similarities.
Hitler wore shoes. Trump wears shoes.
Hitler ate food. Trump eats food.
Hilter breathed air. Trump breathes air.
There may be even more similarities.
Hitler was a vegetarian. Trump likes meat.
Conservatives never seem to learn. Responding to leftist name calling with detailed analyses and emotional denials (”No, he’s not a Nazi!”) is a lost cause, designed to keep us always on the defensive.
He started as a Nationalist. He developed into a diabolical monster.
When you first start listening to Nazi propaganda, it can be quite confusing as you may be led to believe Hitler was a sympathetic figure. It can be quite convincing. And there are still people that push that garbage. All one need ask of these bastards is “What was the result?”. If they don’t acknowledge that Hitler’s grand scheme, grand experiment was a total complete devastating failure, they deserve to be called crazy as in truly nuts, or otherwise ignored and shunned.
The same happens when one starts to read the Satanic Bible, the account of Lucifer, the “Original Rebel”. You read a few chapters and it is written so deceptively as to make one feel ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. All one need ask is “What was the result?”. The answer is ‘Death’. Any more takers for Satan?
The same happens when you hear Muslims arguing about Mohammed and Jesus. They argue that Jesus could not have been the Prophet of Allah because God would never allow his Son to be killed? Ask them if they ever heard of the Resurrection. Ask what the result was, ‘Victory over the Devil and his jealous Sentence of Death’. The Muslims are misguided, they have no understanding of the Messiah and the Resurrection. They view everything in Earthly terms including a reward of 40 virgins. But their propaganda is a closed system, else it collapses. The Resurrection annihilates all their ideology. They can’t cope with its truth so they ignore it or deny it.
Yeah, Hitler was a nationalist early on, he deceived a lot of Germans who should have known better. The Left is trying to paint Trump as a Hitler but Trump’s whole life is a contradiction to their irrational claim. That they would stoop to Hitler comparisons means they’ve got nothing else.
As Bannon says let’s encourage these Leftists to stay on the message they’ve chosen, it makes them look foolish. That’s good for the Trump movement.
Trump is Hitler? Yep, sure.
Speak in terms of ideology. See #17.
NYT Nixon: “Dangerous and Crook”
Reality: He saved Israel by re-supplying them after ‘73 war.
NYT Ford: “Clumsy and a doof”
Reality: A REAL war hero during “Halsey’s Typhoon” in WW2
NYT Reagan: “He is going to start WW3”
Reality: Prevented WW3
Hitler was all about ‘the poor persecuted Germans, the Versailles Treaty, the Jews”.
Compare and contrast his early rhetoric with that of the BLM folks.