Comparison of Trump to Hitler
There are a lot of similarities:
A commentary published Monday on the website of Poynter, a journalism institute based in Florida, invoked a comparison between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.
“Can Trump win? It seems unlikely, especially after this weekend. Of course that is what the media said about a funny-looking spewer of hate with an odd mustache who was dismissed as an awful public speaker and not a serious candidate in Germany in the 1930s,” wrote media ethicist Kelly McBride and medical ethicist Art Caplan.
Rather than laughing, they wrote, news organizations need to hold Trump and the Republican Party “accountable” for what he says.
“We certainly have a more robust political system than 1930s Germany,” they wrote. “But Trump’s racist rhetoric should be viewed in the repugnant tradition of Hitler. When you call all Mexicans rapists, criminals, losers, and the source of disease (that last claim was an old Nazi favorite), when you disparage Mexican-Americans at every turn as the cause of all the country’s woes, and when you have the money to get you message out, journalists should take you seriously.”
“News editors everywhere will continue to struggle with the question of what to do with Trump. While he is certainly entertaining, demoting him to the entertainment pages was clearly a big mistake,” Caplan and McBride said. (In reality, The Huffington Post has continued to cover Trump as a political story.)
Referencing the real estate mogul’s remarks on immigration and Mexico, the authors said Trump’s remarks might be perceived and reported differently if they were about another ethnicity.
“Such speech is a classic ploy to sow divisiveness and generate fear. That his message finds a home at all should be alarming. It’s one thing to argue about immigration policies. It’s a completely different thing to condemn an entire ethnic group. (Imagine if Trump were saying these things about Jews?),” they wrote.