Donald Trump. What can be said that hasn’t already been said about this guy? Well, here’s something… he’s not Adolf Hitler. Recently, Auschwitz survivor, Eva Schloss, the 86 year old stepsister of holocaust victim, Anne Frank, wrote an essay it which she compares “The Donald” to the original “He who must not be named.”
In her essay, published for Newsweek, Ms. Schloss says:
“If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster… I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism. During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out.”- Eva Schloss, Newsweek, January 2016
Hitler was an evil S.O.B. (no doubt about it!), but most scholars agree, once you got past the whole “failed artist” thing, the guy possessed real skill as a politician. Most people don’t know that he was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 1938. A sh*t-head for sure, but he was a patient, calculating, astute, and a powerfully charismatic sh*t-head.
“We erupted into a frenzy of nationalistic pride that bordered on hysteria. For minutes on end, we shouted at the top of our lungs, with tears streaming down our faces: Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil!From that moment on, I belonged to Adolf Hitler body and soul.”- Alfons Heck, Former Hitler Youth, Author, 2001
Hitler’s effect as a speaker was made more profound, because, more than merely speaking as “a German”, in his mind, he was “all Germans” speaking; the phenomenon as observed by famous Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung:
“While Mussolini was an ordinary man—“a human being”[…]— Hitler was not, lacking individuality, confused with his nation’s collective soul, and possessed by its Collective Unconsciousness. Not even by the Collective Unconscious of a single nation, but that of an entire race, the Aryan race. And it is for this reason that the listeners, even those without knowledge of German… be gripped and hypnotised by his words; because he represents them all—he speaks for all of them.”- Carl Jung, Psychiatrist, 1938.
Before he became “Der Fuhrer,” Hitler had lived many lives; he had been a student, homeless, imprisoned, and a soldier. His ability to tap into, and project these diverse experiences formed the foundations of his mass appeal, making him, what the late, great, David Bowie, would call, the “first pop star.”
The point: The destruction wrought by Adolf Hitler was deliberate, systematic, and precise. An angry man, with extraordinary gifts, chose, with every word he spoke and every move he made, to condemn millions.
Conversely, Donald Trump, though not “evil”, also lacks many of the other attributes that made Hitler so formidable. The ability to empathize… not so much; this is Trump’s attempt at empathizing with a mother of two, at a town hall meeting aired on the “Today” show back in Oct. 2015:
“It wasn’t easy for me[…] I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of $1 million,” Trump said. “I came into Manhattan. I had to pay him back. I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan, I started buying up properties. And I did great.”- Donald Trump, New Hampshire, 2015
…and I don’t think Donald Trump is racist, I think he’s an elitist; unless your net worth exceeds his, it won’t matter if you’re black, white, purple or blue, he’ll deem himself better than you. (Nice rhyme!) Anyway, in his own words:
“I’m the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody’s ever been more successful than me. I’m the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn’t successful like me. Romney – I have a Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”- Donald Trump, Des Moines Register, June 2015
The point: Though, not exactly “evil”, “The Donald” is still dangerous. His flippant disregard for anyone that doesn’t agree with him, has caused a rather alarming pattern to emerge. World news agency, AFP, reported pro-immigration protesters being pushed and spat on at Trumps rally in Richmond, Virginia last October, to which he lamented:
I didn’t see much of the protest. We have thousands of people in this room… we [they] have about ten people over there. They’ll get the headline.”- Donald Trump, Richmond Virginia, 2015
A month later, at a rally held in Birmingham, Alabama, a protester was beaten and kicked by Trump supporters while he yelled, “get him out of here; throw him out!” from the podium. Later, when asked about the incident, D.T. responded in his usual unapologetic manner:
“Maybe he should have been roughed up. Because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” Donald Trump, Alabama 2015
Hitler? No… well, not yet.