NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Recently, former President Donald Trump has sharply escalated his rhetoric at the same time as he has been surrounded by increasingly major legal problems. But he still leads the polls clearly in the battle to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee again before next year’s election.
His language has led politicians and other historians to make few connections about how Nazis and fascists spoke about political opponents and minorities in Germany and Italy in the 1930s.
– I will eliminate
– We will exterminate the communists, Marxists, fascists and left-wing thugs who live like insects within the borders of our country, Trump said during a campaign rally in New Hampshire a few days ago, according to what the media reported. CNN.
In a speech at the border with Mexico on Sunday, he claimed that illegal immigrants in the United States are “poisoning the blood of our country.” Trump is now trying to make immigration a big issue in his election campaign.
Our country is being invaded. Trump said at another election rally in Hialeah, Florida: This is an invasion.
– Echoes of Nazi Germany
The current President of the United States, Joe Biden, believes that Trump’s speech resembles the speech of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
In recent days, Trump said that if he returns to the White House, he will go after everyone who opposes him and eliminate what he described as “pests in America.” It’s an echo of the language heard in Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Biden says Watchman.
He also responds to Trump’s statements that America’s blood is “poisoned.”
– It is again the same phrases that were used in Nazi Germany, says Biden.
The harsh rhetoric also affected the Jewish and Democratic governor of Illinois. J.B. Pritzker, for responding forcefully. He was also pivotal in the construction of the Holocaust Museum in Chicago.
The rhetoric used by Trump and parts of MAGA extremists is rhetoric that was used in the 1930s in Germany. “I’m very concerned about the direction this country is going when we see the policies that Donald Trump is putting forward,” Pritzker tells MSNBC.
He further explains how he believes there are clear similarities.
In Germany in the 1930s, people who the Nazis did not want in power, and whom they wanted to isolate, were called immigrants — even people who had been in Germany for generations, Pritzker says.
We don’t know where this is going with Donald Trump. But the things he talks about are frightening to those of us who know European history in the 1930s and 1940s. The governor says I’m deeply concerned about his penchant for vindictiveness, and what that will mean for population groups that don’t support him in the 2024 election — if he’s elected.
Other Republican presidential candidates are also reacting to Trump’s rhetoric.
– The truth is that I do not agree with that statement, just as I do not agree when he says that Hezbollah is smart, or when he attacks Netanyahu and his country kneels after all this brutality, as Nikki Haley says, according to what Reuters quoted her as saying. CNN.
Besides being a presidential candidate, she is also Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations.
– It’s all a mess, isn’t it? I think he means well. But the chaos must end.
Historians and political analysts in the United States are increasingly talking about how Trump’s violent rhetoric is designed to appeal to extremists, who are part of his voter base. They also point out how he recently proposed a significant expansion of the president’s powers, if he were to become president again.
– Incitement to hatred
Trump is accelerating the call for hatred, and is now dehumanizing those he attacks and using language very close to the rhetoric of fascists, says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. USA Today.
Among other things, she is the author of Strong Men: Mussolini to the Present.
– He psychologically prepares people to accept the plans he puts forward publicly for mass deportation, mass internment and other forms of persecution against immigrants and others he wants to go after, says Guyat.
The historian also notes that he uses the speech to refer to extremists as “part of them.”
Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Cheung categorically rejects comparisons with the Nazis and Hitler.
– Those who try to make ridiculous claims are clearly snowflakes (snowflake is used in the US as a term for people who are easily offended. Jorn. Note) who grab at anything because they suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome, their own miserable sadness. Cheung says existence will be shattered when President Trump returns to the White House.
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