It was bound to happen sooner rather than later, but although everyone knew it was coming it was still a little disconcerting to hear an official Nazi call for idol worship and victory at a political rally for the Republican frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination. Even though the candidate is running a campaign founded on hate, fear, and anger that America is not an Aryan Christian nation, or a fascist dictatorship, it is now clear that Donald Trump’s supporters know his plan for America mirrors Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler’s rule; and they are wild for its implementation.
In 1930’s Germany an official Nazi saying, “Hail Victory,” was more than a rallying cry to support the war for world domination. The term “Sieg Heil” was actually a “call to attention” to show all due honor and adoration for Adolf Hitler. Today the nasty Nazi term is illegal in Germany, but in America it is being heard at rallies for a World Wrestling Entertainment and television celebrity who is well-versed in “Hitlerism” and full-on fascism.
Although Trump’s base is Nazi-aware and recognize the historical accuracy of Trump’s Hitlerisms they have also wholly embraced the Aryan mindset that non-white races are inferior, undesirable and must be eradicated from America for a start. It was not bad enough that a Trump supporter shouted “Sieg Heil” when an African American man was harshly escorted from the Trump rally for being an African American unwilling to support a racist. Other Trump supporters, likely aware of Hitler’s hatred of African Americans, screamed “kick his ass and light the motherf*cker on fire” as a white security crew removed him from the premises. In fact, Trump’s supporters called for violence against all protesters at the Las Vegas rally and taunted them for doing something that their hero Donald Trump has spent no small amount of time claiming is “disgusting” and worthy of violence; exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
Last November at a rally in Alabama it was Donald Trump who ordered an African American man affiliated with Black Lives Matter thrown out. Trump issued the “Get him the hell out of here” command to an already jeering crowd of white racists in Birmingham; a city with a history of filthy racism. Duly enraged by Trump’s well-practiced Hitler impersonation, and an order from on high to take action, a group of whites knocked the lone African American to the ground and punched and kicked him mercilessly; apparently the man was lucky he was spared being “lit on fire,” lynched on the spot or sent off to the concentration camps.
To demonstrate his gratitude and approval for his supporters’ actions, Trump praised his violent racist supporters and told reporters that the African American man deserved a good beating. In Trump’s, and his base’s, mind it is irrelevant that this is 21st Century America, the idea of a Black man exercising his 1st Amendment rights “was disgusting.”
Trump also praised two of his supporters in Boston after they ambushed and brutally beat a homeless Hispanic man. The pair justified beating a “Mexican” half-to-death because they were inspired by Trump’s pledge to ‘make America great’ by purging Latinos from the nation. Duly impressed that his messages of hate toward Hispanics produced the violent results they were intended to deliver, Trump praised the criminal assailants. He said that his supporters were like him; “very passionate and love this country” so long as there are no Hispanics, African Americans, or Muslims living in it.
There have been several alarming reports of Trump supporters so angrily embracing the Nazi Aryan (white supremacy) ideal that their “violent and racist attacks have become commonplace.” At one rally, some likely “disgusting for existing” immigration advocates were accosted, spat on, and physically attacked by Trump’s supporters. Within a week, a group of racist Trump supporters were shown on film “kicking and dragging an immigration activist while their fellow racists chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!” To prevent all of America from learning that the Trump movement is an exclusively violent Aryan affair, his campaign refuses to allow any reporters into the crowds at rallies where they would see that when Trump’s acolytes say “make America great,” they mean make America white.
It is disgusting that all of this racial animus and fond memories of Adolf Hitler and Nazi’s Aryan dream cannot be laid solely at the feet of Donald Trump. He owns the recent incitement to violence against people of color and the wrong religion, and the blatant embrace of Hitler’s Nazi tactics, but it is years of Republican indoctrination and hate-mongering about Hispanics, African Americans, and now Muslims destroying “white” America at the heart of the violence.
Donald Trump is not smart enough, or ambitious enough, to have spent decades in general, and the past 6 years particularly, building a violence-prone base of white supremacists, but he is smart enough to tap into their seething rage that America is still not a whites-only Christian nation; the same goal of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.