They May Call Trump the Next Hitler

They May Call Trump the Next Hitler
They May Call Trump the Next Hitler

It isn’t an ordinary day unless President Donald J. Trump is angering someone — at least that’s how it’s seemed over the past few months. Twitter storms, arguments, and vehement assertions of innocence in the face of complaints have made Trump a savior for some and Satan to others. Which opinion you’ll hear just depends on who you talk to first.
Despite our desensitization to Trump’s brusque attitude and political gameplay, in the last few days, he’s managed to anger even his own supporters by taking what many perceive to be far too long to respond (and respond inappropriately, at that) to the crisis in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Guardian sums up the majority of feelings quite well, despite being a UK-based paper, pointing to the fact that Republicans and Democrats alike seem to be coming together to decry Trump’s response and label him a sympathizer.
“Donald Trump the neo-Nazi sympathizer has achieved what Donald Trump the president has singularly failed to do: unite the nation.”
Other news outlets, including Vox and Gizmodo, are reporting that the POTUS’ response is surprising even the alt-right, who expected a much firmer condemnation out of duty to the country. Some would say that’s evidence that they’ve done something wrong, while others would suggest it’s only proof of a corrupt government.
But is what Trump said (or in this case, didn’t say), really proof that he’s a neo-nazi sympathizer? Based on hard evidence, probably not.
In the POTUS’ original address, he blamed the Charlottesville events not on neo-nazis, but on “many, many sides.” Here’s the exact quote:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”
He later tweeted condolences for the young woman who tragically passed away after being struck by a vehicle driven by an alt-right extremist.
“Condolences to the family of the young woman killed today, and best regards to all of those injured, in Charlottesville, Virginia. So sad!”
Saturday’s address wasn’t about what Trump said, despite the fact that many people feel he was wrong to say “many sides.” Instead, it’s about what the POTUS didn’t mention — the KKK, Nazis, and other alt-right hate groups. In a surprising twist, he remained largely silent about these groups both at the original address and in the days afterward.
That left thousands of Americans calling the POTUS a nazi sympathizer, weak-minded, and in cahoots with hate groups, a suggestion that’s plagued Trump since the day he announced he would run for President.
What’s different this time is that not all of the people are average citizens; a great many of the people condemning Trump for the announcement are, in fact, veterans, far-right Republicans, Christians, and other people who remember the tragedy of World War II and the after-effects of Nazi Germany all over the world.
Yesterday, August 15th, Trump had apparently had enough of the intense pressure from bi-partisan sources to make him officially re-address the press and direct his focus to racism, the KKK, neo-nazis, and other extremist groups on the right specifically.
As he read from the teleprompter (something savvy journalists noticed almost immediately), the President delivered a much stronger speech.
“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” he began. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.”
But many people — some of whom are, again, his own supporters — aren’t satisfied. The response left them asking exactly why it took so long to prepare a proper statement, and when it was created, why the POTUS had to read from a teleprompter to condemn nazis in the first place.
The first question is likely legitimate; it’s a confusing response from a President who claims to decry racism in general.
The second, unfortunately, holds much less merit — many politicians rely on teleprompters to keep them on track when addressing the press or crowds.
It’s difficult to make a connection between the use of a teleprompter and being a neonazi sympathizer.
Let’s remember something very important. Hitler exterminated 6 million people. There is no comparison.
As for Trump? In typical Donald J. Trump fashion, he responded to the claims by labeling them fake news.
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”