.Trump’s Nazi-like rhetoric: A threat to democracy

In his Claremont, New Hampshire speech, last November, Donald Trump crossed the line when he said: “We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country that lie and steal and cheat on elections.”

With this shocking statement, Trump exposed to the American public a clear view into his fundamental Nazi beliefs. While it required a few years into Trump’s presidency before the national media coalesced around the term “unprecedented” to describe his actions, eventually this description took hold.

But there is precedent. Adolph Hitler.

Of late, Trump is ratcheting up his Hitlerian rants, now calling some immigrants and refugees the subhumans who are “poisoning the blood of the country.”

Ten years from now, when historians look backward, they will see Trump’s rise to power along a Nazi trajectory.

It seems likely that many of his supporters may be convinced—even before any ballot is cast in 2024—that the election is stolen if Trump does not win, in part, because of his relentless lies about the “stolen” 2020 election. His newest campaign calling his opponents vermin is not merely unprecedented language; it is about dehumanizing his opponents to the degree that violence against them would be personally justifiable.

If Trump’s opponents are vermin, why not exterminate them? Germans were capable of that behavior. Are Americans really that different?

In Trump’s world, losing cannot be tolerated. He said that he intends to eliminate all those who oppose him, those who obstruct him and those who claimed he lost the 2020 election. If Trump were to be elected in 2024, American democracy as we have known it to be in America would no longer exist.

Now is the time for Americans and the media to join together to stop this man. History will not look kindly on Americans if we do not.

Alan Kanner, Ph.D. is a psychologist.


    • Oops, The response was delayed so in fact it was printed. I did not see a way to edit or delete so my apologies for the redundancy

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  1. Funny, when I tried to inquire if the paper allows other viewpoints it said I already made the following comment. Strange. I will try sending it again. Do you take thoughtful reality testing responses?

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