Last month, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez appeared on a Boston radio show and the hosts asked him if he thought Donald Trump is “like Hitler.” This got me to thinking, so I did a bit of light research. Based on my endeavors, I can answer the Is-Trump-like-Hitler question with certainty: Not really.
- Hitler engaged in a shooting war with his enemies. Trump has ignited a trade war with his allies.
- Hitler despised the strongman in Moscow and launched a full-scale military invasion of Russia. Trump has a man-crush on the strongman in Moscow and is undisturbed by Russia’s invasion of the American electoral system.
- Hitler created mechanisms like the People’s Court, Preventative Arrest, and Protective Custody to eliminate due process for German citizens. Trump has suggested eliminating due process only for migrants. And, arguably, for Hillary Clinton (“Lock her up!”).
- Hitler didn’t publicly criticize his national police force. Trump and his associates have waged open warfare against America’s national police force.
- Hitler separated children from their parents for murderous reasons. Trump separated children from their parents for political reasons.
- Hitler was responsible for tens of millions of deaths. Trump merely bragged about his ability to shoot someone in the middle of 5thAvenue and get away with it.
- Hitler lost the 1932 German presidential election by six million votes but was appointed Chancellor by the German president.Trump lost the 2016 American presidential election by three million votes but was elected president by the Electoral College.
- Hitler made it difficult for people fearing persecution and death to leave his country. Trump has made it difficult for people fearing persecution and death to enter his.
- Hitler heaped hyperbolic blame for societal ills on those who identified with a certain culture and religion. Trump has heaped hyperbolic blame for societal ills on those who identify with a certain organization.
- In order to embarrass France and enact revenge for the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler demanded that the 1940 Franco-German Armistice be signed in the exact spot—even the same railroad carriage—as was the Versailles treaty 22 years earlier. In order to embarrass Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and enact revenge for perceived trade inequities, Trump refused to sign the joint G-7 statement in Canada, the site of the 1981 G-7 summit hosted by Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau.
- Hitler’s racial ideology led to policies that restricted, and eventually banned, specific races from German universities. Trump is merely encouraging universities to end the practice of considering race as a factor in diversifying their campuses.
- Hitler, through his Propaganda Ministry, abolished free speech and the German free press. Trump has only attacked reporters as purveyors of “fake news” and has called the national media “the enemy of the American people” while vowing to “do something” about the use of anonymous sources, a standard journalistic practice for decades.
- Hitler quietly snubbed a team of American athletes, including numerous African-Americans, and never invited them to the Reich Chancellery. Trump has loudly attacked numerous African-American athletes, but did—twice—invite championship teams, including numerous African-American players, to the White House. He rescinded both invitations.