The use of Adolf Hitler as a go-to comparison for anyone you disagree with is an ignorant trope that trivializes the horrors committed before and during World War II.
Unfortunately, in the case of Donald Trump, there’s actually a case to be made. We don’t say that lightly, and neither does the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect.
The non-profit, which was founded in 1959 by the father of the doomed diarist, tweeted on Tuesday:
Trump’s name isn’t in the tweet, but over the next few hours, they made it clear to whom they were referring:
In a statement to Newsweek, executive director (and the man who wrote the tweet) Steven Goldstein wanted to make it clear he was not equating Trump with Hitler, as that “would trivialize the Holocaust.”
Obviously, Trump has not directed the deaths of millions of people. However, there is a real comparison to be made to Hitler’s pre-war actions.
“By the same token, it is responsible, and indeed our moral imperative, to point out parallels between actions taken by the Trump administration today and the actions taken by Germany in the 1930s before the Holocaust.
1930s Germany imposed a series of escalating steps of oppression, including demonization, discrimination and isolation of vulnerable communities, that evoke what we are seeing today. That comparison is just, and not to make the comparison would be a dereliction of our duty to ensure ‘never again’ to any people.”
Well, you already knew the Nazis were supporting Trump. Now you know Anne Frank’s namesake is against him.
So yeah. Not too terribly difficult to get on the right side of history here…
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