The Hitler Trump Comparison Is Democratic Self-Destruction

Now that they’ve called Trump a Hitler, how can Democrats keep up the rhetoric until the midterms?

Comparing Donald Trump to Hitler has been done by plenty of extreme Leftists. But now, in their desperation to stop immigration enforcement, the Democrats as a whole, and the mainstream media, have started calling Trump a Nazi.

Even Laura Bush participated in this insanity by saying that enforcing immigration law was like putting the Japanese Americans in containment camps.

So where do they go from here? Comparing Trump to Hitler from now until the midterm elections is only going to make people immune to the rhetoric. But how can they escalate the rhetoric?

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It’s difficult to see how the Democrats can go anywhere from here.

Allan Richarz writes, “The strategic blunder of ‘Trump-as-Hitler’

There has been escalating rhetoric from the moment Donald Trump pulled off his “upset” defeat of Hillary Clinton, rhetoric that has reached its natural conclusion that Trump must be literally Adolf Hitler. For some bizarre reason, however, Democrats decided that now — five months away from midterm elections, and in the midst of a whirlwind of other headlines — was the time to deploy their rhetorical nuclear option.

Like it or not, news cycles move at breakneck speed in the Trump era and often are determined by the president himself. Last week’s summit in North Korea? May as well have been ten years ago. So, too, will the issue of border separations fall by the wayside as a gnat-like attention span turns to some newer, trendier outrage du jour. […]

This, then, raises the question: Where do Democrats and their “Never Trump” conservative hangers-on go next, rhetorically, having spent their shot on the border issue? Anything less than full accusations of Nazism will seem tame by comparison. Now that Trump is “actually Hitler,” any compromise by Democrats will be viewed as kowtowing to fascism. Conversely, sticking with the Nazism line of attack cheapens its effect and, frankly, makes its proponents come off as a little more than unhinged, something perhaps already at play given that a Gallup poll has put Trump at his highest approval rating to date.


Despite what should have been a slam-dunk for critics of the president, the overwrought rhetoric of Democrats may have handed the modern-day Teflon Don another victory, and harmed their longer-term prospects in the process.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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