By DAVE WESTER | Baraboo, Wis.
President Donald Trump must have had a hard time at the D-Day celebrations in France on June 6. He had to listen to western leaders extolling the virtues of the soldiers who defeated the only author Trump is known to have studied and the man whom he patterned his ideology and leadership after: Adolph Hitler.
Trump and Hitler have a lot in common. They both exhibited mean-spirited, self-worshipping personalities, and they both surrounded themselves with nasty men. Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goring, Hans Frank and Martin Bormann were to Hitler as Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, William Barr, and Mitch McConnell are to Trump. Miller’s racist comments and his handling of immigrant camps on the Mexican border suggest he has the personality to run concentration camps. Hitler aligned himself with other nasty leaders like Italy’s Mussolini and the leaders of Japan. Trump has turned his back on longtime western allies like Canada and Great Britain in favor of autocratic governments such as Hungary, Brazil, and Russia.
Germans made the mistake of not standing up to Hitler while he was rising in power. America’s Republican Party is making the same mistake with Trump. Republicans have refused to check Trump’s attempts to turn our democracy into a dictatorship. Republican gerrymandering and voter registration are doing to American democracy what Hitler’s white supremacy did to German democracy in the 1930s. Today’s Republican Party is to Trump as the Nazi Party was to Hitler.