Fascism expert labels Trump's 'vermin' rant as echo of Nazi propaganda

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.13 - 2023 12:12 PM CET

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In a recent segment on MSNBC, fascism expert Jason Stanley expressed deep concern over former President Donald Trump's Veterans Day speech.

Stanley, a Yale University professor and author of "How Fascism Works," discussed Trump's remarks where he pledged to eradicate what he described as the "vermin"-like "radical left" should he regain the presidency in 2024.

Stanley's chilling analysis highlighted the dangerous parallels between Trump's language and the antisemitic propaganda of Nazi Germany.

When asked by MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan if drawing historical comparisons to the Nazi era was appropriate, Stanley unequivocally agreed.

He stated that Trump's rhetoric was not merely an echo but a direct reflection of the type of ideology presented in Adolf Hitler's 1925 manifesto "Mein Kampf."

During his speech in Claremont, New Hampshire, Trump targeted groups he labeled as "Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs," accusing them of living like "vermin" in the United States.

He claimed these groups would do anything, legally or illegally, to destroy America and the American Dream. Trump emphasized that the threat from these internal elements was more dangerous and grave than any external forces.

Stanley warned that such vocabulary could be interpreted by antisemites as being directed against Jews.

This assertion underlines the potential for Trump's language to incite or reinforce hateful and extremist ideologies.

This development raises significant concerns about the impact of political rhetoric on societal divisions and the potential for escalating tensions in an already polarized nation.

Trump's statements, as interpreted by Stanley, suggest a troubling similarity to one of history's darkest chapters, echoing themes of division and dehumanization that have historically led to catastrophic consequences.

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