In their desperate quest to end the candidacy of Donald Trump, the media, Democrats, and even fellow Republican candidates have gone Full Godwin on the richly-coiffed real estate mogul: they’re saying he’s a Nazi.
Republican presidential longshot Ohio Governor John Kasich – did you know his father was a mailman? – has now released an ad starring retired Air Force Colonel Tom Moe. The ad for Screamy McShoutypants features Moe paraphrasing a quote from pastor Martin Niemoller after World War II:
You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.
This is absurd on every level. Trump did not say that all Muslims must register with the government, contrary to the media’s manufactured narrative; he said that foreign Muslims entering the United States ought to be kept in a database, as indeed they already are. Trump didn’t say it was okay to rough up black protesters, he said it was okay to rough up protesters at his events regardless of race – an idiotic viewpoint, surely, but not a racist one. The suggestion that Trump uniquely suppresses journalists is a laugh: Barack Obama has actually attempted to wiretap journalists, and Hillary Clinton ropes them off at events.
So no, Donald Trump ain’t Hitler.
But that won’t stop the media narrative. Roger Simon, official Hillary Clinton spokesperson of Politico, has a column today titled “All hail Der Donald,” labeling Trump a Hitlerian figure. Like Kasich’s ad, Simon paraphrases Niemoller, then applies Niemoller’s logic to Trump. “First they came for the black people, and I did not speak out, because I was not black,” Simon writes. “Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Muslim. And when they come for you and me, who will be left to speak out?….One dream! One nation! One leader! Der Donald! Hail!”
But from Whoopi Goldberg to Rand Paul, the call has gone forth: Trump is a budding Adolf, not merely a loudmouth who tends to exaggerate the facts to back whatever narrative pops into his head on a given day. Trump, in fact, is creating a culture of violence, and must therefore be shut up as soon as possible. On Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg of that televised asylum rec room, The View, stated, “So remember in Germany, people would point and say you know, it’s their fault it’s happening. It’s them. This is the same crap. This is the same crap. You – there are so many – there are 2.5 million American Muslims here. Folks we know. Dr. Oz…And keep in mind, you know, the easiest people to spot, the easiest Muslims to spot are women. OK. So when you’re doing this, Donald, you’re putting a lot of people in danger. Think before you talk.”
It is worth noting that the Nazis blamed all Jews for the collapse of their economy and the failure of German efforts in World War I, without a shred of evidence to back that notion. Blaming radical Islam, as Trump has done, for 9/11 – and mentioning that some American Muslims did celebrate 9/11, as reported by The Washington Post, does not quite meet that standard. But never mind: the narrative must dominate.
And so it does. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who is Muslim, said that Trump’s rhetoric would lead to Muslims being killed by evil, nasty Americans: “When leaders, who have a national platform, whip up hate and hysteria against a particular group, particularly a religious group, minority religious group which is in — that is not popular, invariably, you know, the people who are mentally unstable, or motivated by hate, come out of the woodwork and you see desecrations of buildings that are associated with that group. You see assaults. You see murders. You see things happen.” Ellison’s district happens to be one of America’s relative centers for Islamic extremism. But his argument has become common: right-wing rhetoric always leads to violence, from Sarah Palin’s map leading to the shooting of Gabby Giffords to unspecified conservatism leading to the assassination of JFK. Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter rhetoric, according to the left, has nothing to do with targeting of police officers.
Senator Mark Warren (D-VA) said that Trump is “irresponsible…To hear these comments from Mr. Trump without any kind of factual basis and really playing to the worst fears and prejudices, that could actually lead to, I think, activities of somebody sitting in one of those basements saying ‘If that’s America, I’m going to strike out against it.’” Yes, it turns out that if you label radical Islam a problem, moderate, non-violent Muslims suddenly grab an AK-47 and go Westerner-hunting. Which demonstrates just how moderate they are, of course.
Republican presidential candidates trailing Trump aren’t afraid to jump in the waters of Nazi-talk. Jeb Bush accused Trump of attempting to “create a grievous kind of culture.” He said that Trump’s comments about New Jersey Muslims celebrating 9/11 were “just wrong…What I remember was a lot of peaceful Muslims disheartened and sad and angry.” Which, of course, doesn’t overrule the original Washington Post report. Rand Paul did the same routine, telling CBS’ Face The Nation that Trump wanted “some sort of religious czar that I don’t think is consistent with our freedom.”
Trump isn’t a Nazi. Actually, the leftists who oppose him — the same people who say free speech should be squelched to protect feelings — are closer to that charge. Certainly radical Muslims are the modern-day Nazis. But you know that the campaign against Trump has reached top gear when they’re running out the brownshirt language in November.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, and The New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of the book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.