Dumb Don Trump vs. Angry Adolf Hitler – 1 Dictator and 1 Feeble Wannabe – A Comparison

This piece is an examination of the parallels of the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and America’s 45th president Donald J. Trump.  This piece is an opinion piece and you are welcome to disagree with anything that is written, although that will not change the fact that it’s not hard to see how alike these two leaders are.

Hitler and Trump stylized side by side
Hitler and Trump – More alike than different.
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1)      Had an abusive authoritarian father.1)      Had an abusive authoritarian father.
2)      Hitler fled to Munich after dodging mandatory military service.2)      Trump used bones spurs as an excuse to dodge the Vietnam War draft.
3)      Hitler was a German Nationalist.3)      Trump is also a nationalist; this is much different than being patriotic.
4)      Hitler was a fiery speaker and was willing to risk the humiliation of low turnout by organizing rallies in large spaces.4)      Trump is a blowhard who repeats himself and can barely form a sentence and lies about low turnout at his rallies that he books in large spaces.
5)      Hitler was thought of as a cold person and not an interesting conversationalist in one-on-one encounters.  (Schleunes, 1970)5)      Trump is a pathological liar and a horrible conversationalist.  Trump has averaged 23.3 lies per day as of May 5, 2020.  (Markowitz, 2020)
6)      When Hitler achieved fame, he was able to hide his distasteful personality with media images of a cultured gentleman beloved by children and animals.  (Schleunes, 1970)6)      Trump tries to use media to attack those that disagree with him in anyway, calling legitimate news fake, name calling, and other childish tactics to pander to his shrinking base.
7)      Hitler sponged off his mother.7)      Trump sponged off his father.
8)      Hitler failed to win admission to art school.8)      Trump paid a proxy to take his SAT.  (Mary Trump, 2020)
9)      Hitler was dull, until he had an audience and then his personality flipped, and he could milk and audience and shape it to get it to feel.  This gave him the roots so flourish in the early Nazi Party, the chaos and resentment of the time were the soil that made his growth possible.  (Schleunes, 1970)9)      Trump talks in circles, like a typical conman, but can milk his base and light a fire under those that follow his vitriol and narcissistic rhetoric.  This parallels what Hitler did using chaos and resentment to try to circumvent the Constitution.  The seeds have already been planted for something akin to the Nazi Party to develop.
10)   Hitler used conspiracy theories to spin the situation and start blaming the Jewish People for Germany’s war loss.10)   Trump spins conspiracy theories and uses racism to pander to his base.  He blames immigrants and people of color for the need to “make America great again”.
11)   Hitler used mass media and economic depression to find widespread acceptance.11)   Trump uses mass media and social media to spread vitriol, lies, and racist remarks, again pandering to his base.
12)   Hitler lost a 1932 election but was later named chancellor after President Paul von Hindenburg caved to outside pressure.12)   Trump has struggled in popularity and is falling behind in the polls due to his inaction on the coronavirus pandemic as well as his use of strongarm tactics against peaceful protestors. Most of the GOP still follows him blindly at this point.
13)   In 1933 after the Reichstag building was set on fire by what Hitler called communist agitators (rioters).  Hitler used this as a pretext to seize emergency powers.13)   Trump is saying that if he doesn’t win the 2020 election that it is rigged, and he may not accept the results.  He could use this as a pretext to attempt to seize emergency powers and stay in office.
14)   Hitler uses these powers to create the Enabling Act which allowed his cabinet to enact legislation without parliamentary consent.14)   Trump tries to circumvent the legislative process through executive orders, court litigation, and using executive privilege to keep people from talking.
15)   Hitler used media to come across as a cultured gentleman, while forcing his way to dictatorship.15)   Trump uses media to pander to his base and come across as someone who is an expert on everything from rockets to medical techniques. 
16)   Hitler created the Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police), abbreviated Gestapo, to enforce Nazi extermination of dissidents.16)   Trump uses homeland security as his “secret police” against citizens of the United States against the will of local government officials.
17)   Hitler and the Nazis used the slogan “Lügenpresse” which translates as lying press or fake news in English to discredit the media.17)   Trump tries to discredit the media by calling them fake news, which is “Lügenpresse” in German.
18)   Hitler used Leonardo Conti, Reich Health Leader to kill many Germans who were of “unsound mind”.18)   Trump silences or publicly ridicules health officials and experts, including Anthony Fauci, during the coronavirus pandemic.
19)   Hitler jailed or killed those who opposed him and his Nazi regime.19)   Trump pardons and commutes sentences for those that break the law and that he feels are loyal to him.  He tries to discredit those that are he considers disloyal.
20)   Hitler created a war, lost, and committed suicide like a coward.20)   To be determined…

References

Markowitz, D. (2020, May 5). Trump Is Lying More Than Ever: Just Look At The Data. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmarkowitz/2020/05/05/trump-is-lying-more-than-ever-just-look-at-the-data/#9e22e6c1e176

Mary Trump, P. D. (2020). Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Simon & Schuster.

Schleunes, K. (1970). The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy Toward German Jews, 1933-39. University of Illinois Press.

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