Former President Barack Obama and many mainstream media commentators have taken to making hysterical comparisons between Donald Trump and Hitler during his first year in office.
Obama made headlines last week for ominously invoking Nazi Germany in what many saw a thinly veiled criticism of President Trump.
In a Tuesday speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, Obama said, “We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly.”
He added, “That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate. Sixty million people died. So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
As Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld noted, Obama made this comparison the same day that Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Right-wing pundit Glenn Beck made a name for himself during Obama’s first term for comparisons between President Obama (and liberals in general) to Nazis.
During Obama’s first year in office, Beck said, “We are really truly stepping beyond socialism and starting to look at fascism,” explicitly bringing up “Nazi Germany” and “national socialism” in reference to Obama’s policies.
Obama isn’t the only Democratic politician to smear Republicans with Nazi comparisons. Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam linked his opponent Ed Gillespie and Trump to neo-Nazis during the campaign.
Many mainstream media figures, both news and entertainment, have also compared Trump to Hitler and other dictators.
A guest on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” compared Trump to the leader of the American Nazi Party last week, saying, “There has been some discussion here that Donald Trump had been constantly saying that he hoped to be revered as a leader like Lincoln. And I can say now that it is going to be the case, he is like Lincoln. Lincoln Rockwell, the founder and leader of the American Nazi Party, mercifully no longer with us.” (RELATED: MSNBC Guest Compares Trump To A Literal Neo-Nazi Leader [VIDEO])
Host Joy Reid did not challenge the comment and laughed along with it.
Comedian and liberal favorite Louis CK, who was recently exposed for his habit of masturbating in front of unwilling women, compared Trump to Hitler in an email to his fans.
In 2016, the disgraced comedian wrote, “Please stop it with voting for Trump.”
“It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the ’30s. Do you think they saw the sh-t coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all,” he added.
Liberal fimmaker Michael Moore also smeared Trump supporters as Nazis and compared Trump to Hitler in August.
Finally, on a CNN panel Sunday about Obama’s remarks, some commentators signaled agreement with his comparison.
CNN’s Bakari Sellers said the “fundamental tenants of our democracy are being preyed upon daily by this administration,” and that invoking Nazi Germany was “not ahistorical” and was “very much true.”
Despite this hysteria from the mainstream media, Donald Trump has moved aggressively to support Israel, declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel earlier in the week.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We’re profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the U.S. embassy there. This decision reflects the president’s commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises, and to advancing peace.”