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Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:01 PM

Top House Democrats compare Trump's rise to Hitler's

Top House Democrats compare Trump's rise to Hitler's
By Devan Cole, CNN
Updated 4:04 PM ET, Wed March 20, 2019


Washington (CNN)Two powerful House Democrats have invoked Adolf Hitler's actions in Germany and the treatment of Jews during World War I and in the 1920s to warn against the direction the US is moving in, with both saying Donald Trump's presidency presents an unprecedented threat to democracy.

House Whip James Clyburn's comments came in a Tuesday interview with NBC News in which he noted that he previously cited the rise of Hitler while discussing America's political climate, according to the outlet.

"Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into" it," the South Carolina congressman said, according to NBC. "Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful."


Clyburn's colleague, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, made his comments at a Tuesday night town hall in New York in which he compared Trump's rhetoric toward immigrants to propaganda against Jews.

"You've heard the President and the administration say that immigrants are thieves, that they bring in drugs, that they're responsible for lots of crime, that they're -- a crisis at our border, they're bringing in drugs and crime," said Nadler, who represents New York.

He continued: "This is the same type of propaganda that we heard in the 1920s and World War I against Jews. 'Jews are Bolsheviks. Jews are thieves. Jews are violent' -- that was the propaganda. And, we were that against the Irish early. Now, we're hearing it against this generation's immigrants -- and it's just as false now."


CNN has reached out to the White House for response to the lawmakers' comments and has not immediately received a response.

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Reply Top House Democrats compare Trump's rise to Hitler's (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2019 OP
manor321 Mar 2019 #1
Trumpocalypse Mar 2019 #2
C_U_L8R Mar 2019 #3
byronius Mar 2019 #8
Wounded Bear Mar 2019 #4
2naSalit Mar 2019 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Mar 2019 #7
captain queeg Mar 2019 #5

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:04 PM

1. I love how CNN is reaching out to the White House for comment, as if it is controversial

 

Sadly what these two great Democrats have said is straightforward, true and correct.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:09 PM

2. Actually Hitler wasn't elected Chancellor

 

He was appointed by Hindenburg.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:09 PM

3. Caging children

Lets just fast forward to the tribunals and suicides in the bunker

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 08:41 PM

8. +1

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:15 PM

4. One similarity that often gets left out...

The NAZI party in the 1920's used all of the legislative tricks at their disposal to prevent the Weimar Republic from doing anything. They blocked legislation, they stayed away to prevent quorums, etc. So, the President of the Republic was forced to operate on Executive orders (or the equivalent) to get anything done. Then NAZI's ran on the whole "government doesn't work, you need us" platform.

Sound familiar?

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:57 PM

6. +1

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 08:15 PM

7. GOPers have become Nazis

They've driven out all the sane Republicans; nothing left but extremists.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2019, 06:18 PM

5. I have to agree, many similarities

The biggest differences are that Hitler was way smarter and he had a vision, albeit sick, of making Germany great and worked toward that end for awhile while the orange shit bag only works to inrich himself.

I think a big parallel is the rise of new media and applying propaganda to it. Back then it was radio and film/news reels. Trump has followed the old play book but has made use of the internet and social media. Hes been especially successful at that. Hopefully the newness of the media will wear off with time and people will learn to be more discerning concerning the internet. I know that seems like it might be too much to hope for, but look how people of all colors have learned to be suspicious of pop ups and unsolicited contacts. People learn the hard way.

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