President Trump has repeatedly criticized mainstream media for pushing false or “fake news,” reports that are incredibly controversial or just plain wrong. An old Washington Post piece has recently re-surfaced and it shows the depths mainstream media was (and probably still is) willing to go to criticize Trump.
A 2016 piece from the Washinton Post is titled, “Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler.”
No really, they actually published the piece which said the comparison makes Hitler look bad.
— Ari Armstrong (@ariarmstrong) October 27, 2018
“One was a psychopath who believed his raving rants. The other is a con man,” the subtitle read.
While the comparison is not a new one, saying it belittles Hitler is a new take that people online were quick to criticize:
And the Washington post is shocked at political violence and blames trump …. of course they have nothing to do with it
— Dr. Carl Patrasso (@drcarlpatrasso) October 27, 2018
This deeply offends me-
— Lesley Sargent (@lesleycsar) October 27, 2018
So the @washingtonpost is worried about belittling Hitler? So they are looking out for Hilter… as in they care if he is being belittled. I’m just trying to make sense of this. I don’t think I can.
— Conservative May (@CMay2020) October 27, 2018
This is darkness. Pitch black darkness.
— WarriorPoets (@SurlyBull) October 27, 2018
Gee I wonder why the media has such a bad rap. Really? Why would you post such a headline? Wake up! He is the POTUS, no accountability for your actions that’s for sure.
— Jim Anderson (@whadsupgator) October 27, 2018
And the mainstream media wonders why millions of people despise them.
— Kenny Goss (@kgoss0369) October 27, 2018
Written just ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the report itself highlights that several people, including the former and current presidents of Mexico, Vicente Fox and Enrique Peña Nieto, respectively, made a comparison between Hitler and Trump.
The author of the piece, Shalom Auslander, says he is Jewish and is very familiar with Hitler’s history and global impact.
“I was taught about an unimaginable horror called the Holocaust and about an evil man named Adolf Hitler,” Auslander wrote. “The elderly man who sat beside me every Saturday morning in synagogue was a Holocaust survivor, and his elderly wife was a Holocaust survivor, as well. And so the first reason the comparison of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler bothers me is not because it belittles the deaths of millions of innocents, but because, frankly, it belittles Adolf Hitler.”
And, he continued:
Hitler had some opinions, he had some plans. They were monstrous and evil, and reason enough for even an avowed atheist to consider the existence of Satan. But I don’t recall Hitler flip-flopping. I don’t see him saying one morning, “I’m going to invade Poland,” and then “softening” his stance that afternoon after meeting with Sean Hannity. He didn’t decide to kill the Jews, then change his mind when his new campaign manager arrived. “I said the kill the Jew — singular, one Jew, not all the Jews. Just the bad ones.” Hitler was a megalomaniacal psychopath who should burn in Hell for eternity… who actually believed in something.
There’s a difference. Trump is a two-bit con man. He’s playing the fools.
What in the world?
Only later in the piece does Auslander say he is not praising Hitler, but is saying that “if you could somehow siphon out all the festering, maggot-infested sewage that filled his soul to reveal one razor-thin sliver to point to in his favor — you could possibly say, well, at least he believed what he said. Which you can’t say about Donald Trump.”
The piece ends with the Washington Post contributor saying it will ultimately be the responsibility of the people (the voters) to determine whether they will “be like Hitler’s willing executioners.”
The sick ding on Trump’s supporters was also called out online:
— Keith Lavery (@jitshurts) October 27, 2018
Funny that he writes this headline with no fear of repercussions from said homicidal dictator or police state that he thinks we live in
— Uthred Ragnarsson (F3nris) (@UthredRagnarss1) October 27, 2018
Do these people know how bad Hitler was?? How many he had sent to camps?? President is Zero like that murder!!! Could it be that writer never took world history??
— justin ingram (@justininglv) October 27, 2018
This headline is utterly beyond the pale. 😡
Trump says stuff they don’t like & makes policy they disagree with.
Hitler’s regime tortured & killed 11 MILLION people. I just got that # from a HuffPo! article.
To even SAY that is an affront to the suffering of all those people.
— Jody (@jodella08) October 27, 2018
Defending Hitler to own the conservatives. That’ll play well.
— Brometheus (@TheBrometheus) October 27, 2018
Please tell me, where’s the civility in this?
— Linda Thomas (@_smthgbeautiful) October 27, 2018
While the above headline is more than two years old, the comparisons between Trump and Hitler are still being made. Coincidentally, the Washington Post published another comparison between the two involving the migrant caravan.
From Washington Examiner:
In an op-ed published Friday morning, the Post columnist theorized that Trump’s focus on the infamous migrant caravan — a “manufactured” crisis, Sargent calls it — is part of a larger strategy meant to shore up voter support. Worse still, the columnist suggests, Trump’s proposal to send troops to the southern border is part of an insidious plot to amass power.
“This is Trump’s Reichstag fire,” Sargent writes. “Not in the sense that Trump is Hitler, but rather in the more general way this term is sometimes used: Trump is perverting imagery of a real event to create a false narrative about what is happening and why; to justify his chosen response to it; and to manipulate public opinion toward other ends. But the caravan’s existence, and Trump’s response to it, actually reveal that on his signature issue, he’s failing.”
Washington Post columnist: I’m not saying Trump is Hitler, but this migrant caravan stuff is like the Reichstag fire https://t.co/XNduLydTch
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 27, 2018