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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:29 PM

Historian: German denazification has lessons on how to deal with post-Trump America

Over the last four years, President Donald Trumpís White House has been riddled with scandals, lawsuits, and other incriminating claims with evidence to support wrongdoing. But due to presidential protections, no one has been able to hold Trump accountable for his actions. As more evidence continues to mount against the president and many White House officials within his administration, calls for prosecution have become more profound.

In fact, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris weighed in on Trumpís legal battles as she admitted that if she were president, her administration would prosecute Trump. So is there a real possibility the president and his allies could face consequences for their actions? A Washington Post editorial breaks offers a realistic perspective on whether or not this could occur.
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If Trump and his associates are not prosecuted, they argue, it might set a devastating precedent. Others worry that the desire to prosecute Trump could amount to no more than ďvengeanceĒ that would further erode democratic norms. This vigorous debate on the left asks how we as a nation can get to the bottom of the Trump administrationís criminal behavior, while also ensuring that no future administration can act in such a manner again.

The piece went on to offer a comparison of Germanyís denazification period to the impending post-Trump era of the United States. Since Trumpís support base is still relatively solid, there are concerns about how a Trump prosecution could further polarize the nation. The columnist also noted that denazification in Germany took decades. So, it may require an extended period of time before polarization ends.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/11/historian-german-denazification-has-lessons-on-how-to-deal-with-post-trump-america/


First, we have our Nuremberg trials. Then we proceed with systematic de-nazification.

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Reply Historian: German denazification has lessons on how to deal with post-Trump America (Original post)
Roisin Ni Fiachra Nov 21 OP
roamer65 Nov 21 #1
Sneederbunk Nov 21 #2
2naSalit Nov 21 #3
abqtommy Nov 21 #4
Alhena Nov 21 #5
pecosbob Nov 21 #6
eppur_se_muova Nov 21 #7
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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 03:41 PM

1. Detrumpification.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 04:23 PM

2. Something to consider after the hangings.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:03 PM

3. +1

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:41 PM

4. I have to observe that the Far Right is still a serious problem in Germany and other parts

of Europe. (Besides here in the U.S.) De-Nazification has never worked or ended.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:44 PM

5. The problem is post-WW2 Germans were smart and open to being educated. Trump supporters are idiots

and are completely lost in their fantasy world they have created for themselves. And they only have to tune into OAN or whatever to re-confirm their views.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 08:13 PM

6. Available documentaries show just how unrepentant most Nazis were

with some interviews as recent as ten years ago. Many refuse to admit guilt even when presented with evidence of their complicity. One in particular chilled me...a doctor responsible for euthanizing children with learning disabilities or birth defects...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1855924/
Third Reich: The Rise & Fall - 2010

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 08:22 PM

7. The best approach is to uphold the very letter of the law.

If officials of this administration engaged in bribery, thievery, undue influence, etc. turn the DOJ loose on them. Investigate all those no-bid contracts to house immigrant children. Investigate the diversions of funds from the military to "favorite" contractors for that substandard Wall. Investigate every grift committed by these people. They are taken to be innocent until proven guilty, but the collection of evidence and a competent presentation of same in court will end that.

Civil rights charges should be ready in abundance for Steve Miller, Steve Bannon, and 45 himself for all their racist ICE/INS policies.

Whether it looks politically motivated or not -- if they broke the law, mete out punishment under the law. THEN we'll "look forward, not back", and not before.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 08:52 PM

8. I agree

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:05 PM

10. +1

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:44 PM

11. K&R, If we want peace we work towards justice

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