Former President Donald Trump has once again drawn criticism and condemnation for his divisive and inflammatory rhetoric, this time on the occasion of Veteran’s Day.
According to a report by Raw Story on Saturday, November 11, 2023, in a message posted on his social media platform, Trump praised American veterans and vowed to “root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country.”.
He also claimed that the “threat from outside forces” was less serious than the “threat from within”, and reiterated his slogan, “Make America Great Again”.
Many observers and commentators were quick to point out the similarities between Trump’s language and that of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who also used terms like “vermin” and “enemies” to dehumanize and demonize his opponents, especially Jews.
Media company MeidasTouch reported that Trump “echoes Hitler nearly verbatim” in his calls to destroy the “vermin”, or liberals.
Tristan Snell, a former assistant attorney general in New York, added his take as well.
He quoted Hitler’s words from 1939: “This vermin must be destroyed. The Jews are our sworn enemies, and at the end of this year, there will not be a Jew left in Germany.”
Others also expressed their dismay and disgust at Trump’s message, which they saw as an insult to the veterans who fought against fascism and tyranny in World War II and other conflicts.
Former Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger wrote, “Meh. He’s going to jail. American veterans deserve a not-insane leader
Journalist Bill Grueskin said Trump’s long-winded post was “a paragraph for readers who can’t handle the subtle nuances of Mein Kampf”, Hitler’s book.
Another journalist, Radley Balko, wrote: “The guy who’s a coin flip to be the next president is using sort of language that has historically resulted in mass graves.”
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss also chimed in: “Today, ‘in honor of our great veterans,’ the ex-President demands on social media to ‘root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country,'” he wrote on Saturday.
“Please tell us if this reminds you of any earlier historical figure.”
Meanwhile, as reported earlier, former President Donald Trump made a blunder on Saturday when he confused President Joe Biden with former President Barack Obama during a speech in New Hampshire.
The gaffe drew mockery from his political opponents and social media users, who questioned his mental acuity and fitness for office