I was Right About Trump and Hitler!

“Only I can Save America!”

A Vanity Fair Writer Revealed Trump was Hitler Fan

While watching MSNBC’s Morning Joe I heard Tina Brown – the British import from the London tabloid world who became wildly successful as the Senior Editor of Vanity Fair – recalled an article she published on Donald Trump where the writer,  Marie Brenner,  quoted his first wife Ivana who said the Trump kept a collection of Hitler’s speeches titled “My Order” by his bedside! This revelation hit me like a lightning bolt because it supplied further evidence for my argument that the two men have much in common regarding their vision of the strong leader, as well as their approach to leadership.

Although I recognized the hazards of comparing any American politician to Hitler, the similarities between the character, personality flaws and political style of Donald Trump and Herr Hitler was so striking that I felt compelled to write about it.  The things I analyzed in the two essays I wrote on the subject – “Is Donald Trump a Uniquely American Fascist?” and “Drumpf and Hitler: Bird’s of a Feather?”- were based upon my observation of the man in action.  I had no inside knowledge of what Donald Drumpf personally thought of Hitler, or if he was even aware of the traits they shared in common.

Furthermore, I didn’t consider it particularly germane to my analysis because I was concerned with exploring the authoritarian personality as a class of phenomenon.  And it turns out that Trump bears a striking resemblance to the European Fascist leaders that rose to power in the aftermath of World War I – namely Benito Mussolini and Adolph Hitler.  Trump even adopted the slogan of the Italian Fascist: “Make Italy Great Again!”  And he aroused the same kind volatile nationalistic passions in white Americans who feel powerless and displaced by the dramatic advancement of women and “alien” elements of the population that are less deserving than them: Muslims, Hispanics, Blacks, Jews, et al.

And they were joined by members of the elite who seek to use the charisma of Trump with the masses in order to defeat their adversaries on the left, seize control of the instruments of state power, and enact their own policy agenda.   Alas, just like the German elite, they mistakenly thought that once Trump was in power they could control him.  Instead Trump has gone his own way, trashing much of what the Republicans have long stood for. Like Hitler, Trump demands personal loyalty to him above party or the national constitution.

Generally, when comparisons between Hitler and an American politician is made, the analyst is dismissed with observations like “there are no jack booted, goose stepping storm troopers marching down Pennsylvania Avenue and the nation’s Capital is not awash in giant Swastika’s.”  But these things are superficial, a matter of national character. And as I point out in my essay Trump is a uniquely American fascist.   Still, he had only tepid criticism when home grown white Neo-Nazi’s held a mass night march through the streets of Charlottesville Virginia, bearing raised torches and shouting: “Blood and Soil!” Which is a slogan borrowed directly from the German Nazi’s.

When they were not shouting “Blood and Soil” they were chanting “Jews will not replace us!” An idea also borrowed from the German Fascist but, based on his close associations with Jews it is a sentiment that Trump does not share.  However, one does not have to be anti-Semitic in order to qualify as a fascist. Mussolini was not an anti-Semite and according to the Jewish scholar Lenni Brenner in his pathbreaking book “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, there were Jews among the founding members of the Italian Fascist party.

Like Hitler, Trump hates a free press that criticizes him and would destroy them if he could.  He also despises the independent judiciary and all other institutions that serve as checks on his power.  Furthermore, he is a racist, and believes his success in life is due to his German blood, which is a belief central to the identity of and justification for the Third Reich.

But what distinguishes the political style of both of Hitler and Drumpf is that they are given to hyperbolic language, extreme egotism in asserting their claim to leadership – only I can save the nation – a great reliance on charisma, the constant targeting of “enemies,” whether foreign or domestic, and constant denunciation of the previous government.  For Hitler it was the “October Criminals” who sold Germany out by signing the Versailles Treaty, which saddled German with a tremendous post-war debt for instigating World War I, and for Trump is was the “horrible” international trade deals negotiated by previous administrations and the “disastrous” Affordable Health Care Act, signed into law by President Obama, for whom Trump has an irrational envy and hatred.

The way Trump uses provocative oratory, loaded with nationalistic jingoism to incite mindless passion in his followers is reminiscent of the way Hitler built the Nazi movement.   “It is the spoken word not the written word that drives men to action!” Hitler pronounced.  And he well understood that projecting himself as an unbending strong man had great appeal to a group of lost and confused losers.

They become estatic when he talks of crushing “enemies” in other countries, even when he issues threats of nuclear destruction to an unoffending of North Korea because he disagrees with their policies for national defense.  They cheer such threats just as the German mobs cheered Hitler’s threats to destroy Russia…even through a nuclear attack on North Korea would surpass all of hitlers war crimes!   But Trump understands well the power of military bravado combined with nationalist rhetoric to incite a crowd.

These are lessons that could be well learned from Hitler’s speeches, especially the earlier ones that are collected in this book, “My New Order.” When asked about the book my s subsequent journalist who had read about it, Trump was curiously defensive. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”  Yeah right!

Neo-Nazi Trumpanzese Wilding in the Streets!

Since we know from several fact checkers, the New York Times among them, that Trump is the biggest liar in American public life, I don’t believe a word of it. I think he is lying his silly as off!  In any case, Albert Einstein’s reply to the Rabbi’s that asked if he claimed to show how God made the universe in his work, to wit Einstein replied, well I know that he could have made it that way,” is equally applicable to Trump’s debt to Hitler’s speeches.   That’s why the Neo-Nazi types are so mesmeried by him!

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Observe the Elements of Trump’s Style as Mass Orator Interacting with crowd

Watch the Crowds Cheer the “Great Leader.”

 

Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
November 18, 2017

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