Is it valid to compare Hitler and Trump?
- Feb 24 2021
- Length: 23 mins
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Award winning historian, Laurence Rees, answers a key question with a difference. In the light of all of the attempts on social media to compare Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler, Laurence examines the validity of a comparison between the two.
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- Michael R Chapman
While he clearly states that Trump is NOT Hitler the warnings of Hitler-like traits are obvious in the Trump Personality with his anger, villainization of the "other" (immigrants), his disdain for democratic institutions. Rees's warning that democratic institutions are not as firm as we often think was shown clearly in the Trump presidency. Those who support Trump do so because of his "Charisma" which like Hitler's followers happens because of the leader strikes a familiar cord in the follower. The warning is clear that we should always be careful to give power to "strong" men whom we think will save us from "others" who may do us harm. He makes a strong link between the conspiracy theories that Hitler and many of his day believed that were completely false and the conspiracy theories that Trump and his followers believe, i.e. election was a fraud, Qanon, etc.
An absurd episode
In an otherwise excellent series, this episode is a departure from reason. Rees makes some wild stretches, claiming Trump would love to become a sort of military supreme leader. The Trump administration defended 2nd Amendment rights and cut taxes and onerous regulations, promoted school choice and the right to try medical solutions. These actions were taken to empower citizens and reduce government overreach. These are not the actions of a dictator. He spoke out against optional military actions and supported the rights of states to pursue their own responses to the pandemic, avoiding federal mandates that impose one-size-fits-all measures. Rees thinks Trump supporters are blind followers and yet it is the current administration that is enacting policies that defy common sense and erode freedoms. I love this series, but this episode is awful.