Times Like These

Trump and Hitler Shared an Aversion to a Free Press

Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler, in an article for Los Angeles Review of Books, writes about the parallels between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler, and their treatment of the media:

“There is, of course, no comparison with Trump in terms of scale. His biggest policy decisions so far have been to name reprehensible figures to various cabinet posts and to enact dreadful executive orders.”

“What I want to suggest is an actual comparison with Hitler that deserves thought. It’s what you might call the secret technique, a kind of rhetorical control that both Hitler and Trump used on their opponents, especially the media.”

“Hitler’s method was to lie until he got what he wanted, by which point it was too late.”

Rosenbaum imparts a cautionary tale about a German newspaper:

“…the Munich Post never stopped reporting on this ultimate aim and on Hitler’s use of murder, decrying any attempts to “normalize” the tyrant. They kept fighting until two months after his January takeover. In March 1933, when the Nazis ruled the media and the Post was ‘legally’ shut down.”

“Trump and his minions…views come out of a playbook written in German…. The playbook is Mein Kampf.”


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