Moses Frenck, DiversityInc, March 7, 2016
The New York Daily News on Sunday blared on its front page “Trump is Hitler,” quoting comedian, actor and producer Louis C.K., who made the comparison in an email newsletter to fans over the weekend.
In his email on Saturday, Louis C.K. pleaded with people to “please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler,” he wrote. “And by that, I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s . . . Do you think they saw the s–t coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.”
Friday night, on his HBO show “Real Time,” Bill Maher mentioned that the conservative Weekly Standard dug up a 1990 article in Vanity Fair reporting that Trump “kept a volume of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside,” adding, “I think this tells us a lot about where Donald Trump is getting his ideas.”
Maher then proceeded to show an old film clip of Hitler delivering a passionate speech, with satirical subtitles using Trump slogans such as, “We’re going to make Germany great again” and labeling President Hindenburg as being “very low energy.” The clip even mocked Trump’s pledge to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, with the subtitles over Hitler’s speech saying: “We’re going to have to build a camp. And I will make the Jews pay for it.”
Meanwhile, in the opening sketch on Saturday Night Live this weekend, Darrell Hammond as Trump was giving his Super Tuesday victory speech, saying: “I really am running the best campaign, aren’t I? The media’s saying they haven’t seen anything like this, not since Germany in the 1930s. I mean everyone loves me: racists, ugly racists, people who didn’t even know they were racist.”
And following the show’s opening monologue, a parody ad titled “Racists for Trump” depicted Trump supporters, including a Nazi complete with a swastika armband and several Klansmen.
The Huffington Post on Saturday ran a story with the headline “This Donald Trump Rally Looks Like a Scene From Nazi Germany,” in reference to images and video that emerged from a Trump rally in Orlando earlier that day where he commanded the crowd to raise their right hands and swear to vote for him in the primary. The images of the crowd with their right arms raised–and many slightly angled forward–eerily mirrored scenes of Hitler addressing crowds in Nazi Germany and performing the Nazi salute.
Late last month, former Mexican President Vicente Fox told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Trump is “going to take [the U.S.] back to the old days of conflict, war, and everything. I mean, he reminds me of Hitler. That’s the way he started speaking.”
In January, Anne Frank’s stepsister said Trump was “acting like another Hitler.”