Godwin’s Law is an Internet rule that says every argument online eventually escalates to someone being compared to Hitler.
Over the years, all that hyperbolic Hitler talk has severely lessened the impact of such a comparison.
Of course all that was in a time when no one had any legitimate fear his kind of racist dictatorship could rise again, and certainly not in the U.S.
But now Donald Trump and his administration are creating frightening parallels that require actual consideration. Trump is dehumanizing immigrants, praising dictators, even dropping the U.S. out of the U.N.’s Human Rights council. Oh, and don’t forget there are actual Nazis running for office as Republicans this year.
Even the Anne Frank Center made the comparison last year — and they would know!
We’re past Godwin’s Law. We’re past discrediting these comparisons as frivolous.
Keep that in mind as you check out what some other folks are saying about Trump’s most recent comments about immigrant (below):
“These are not cages. They are enclosed spaces made with chain link fences.”
The redefinition of common words is something the Nazis did. It worked.
â€” Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 18, 2018
President Trump just said that immigrants “pour into and infest our country.” This is more than reminiscent of the language of Hitler’s Germany as is his monstrous policy of snatching crying children from their parents at the border. https://t.co/K2cvwlJDEk
â€” Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) June 19, 2018
Notice how Trump dehumanizes people who are brown and black to justify atrocities. Hitler did this too with the Jews (untermensch).
Starting on his campaign
in sanctuary cities
calling people with brown skin
â€” Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 19, 2018
When they taught us about Nazi Germany in school, I could never understand how Hitler managed to get everyone onside, I mean, I really could not understand how that happened. I look at whatâ€™s happening now and tactics being used and Iâ€™m starting to see how.
â€” LILY ALLEN (@lilyallen) June 19, 2018
“This contamination will not subside, this poisoning of the nation will not end, until the carrier himself, the Jew, has been banished from our midst.” – Hitler
“Democrats…want illegal immigrants… to pour into and infest our Country…” – Trump
For those with eyes to see…
â€” Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) June 19, 2018
So, Predator trump has now used the word “infest” to describe immigrants who are coming to America. Heâ€™s referring to human beings he dislikes as if they were a disease. Such disgusting, inhumane phrasing was used by Nazis in the 1930s. Wannabe Hitler.
â€” Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 19, 2018
“Yet formerly Germany, without blinking an eyelid, for whole decades admitted these Jews by the hundred thousand. But nowâ€¦ when the nation is no longer willing to be sucked dry by these parasites, on every side one hears nothing but laments.”
Oneâ€™s every instinct is to avoid the Hitler comparison. But it canâ€™t be avoided now. This is Hitlerâ€™s language and Hitlerâ€™s method. What Jews were for Hitler, immigrants are for Trump. https://t.co/6lPrp23gXT
â€” James Gleick (@JamesGleick) June 19, 2018
In the 1930s, Hitler and the Nazis constantly used infestation metaphors to refer to the Jews, often comparing them to swarms of mice or rats. Then 6 Million Jews were killed!
Today Trump claimed that immigrants are “infesting” America.
DO NOT ALLOW HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF!
â€” Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 19, 2018
Trump uses the word “INFEST” to describe immigrants.
THIS IS DEHUMANIZATION.
Trump is continually using Nazi propaganda in his tweets and speeches and people are still mad at me for comparing him to Hitler
â€” Lex Michael (@lexforchange) June 19, 2018
Telling people to stop comparing Trump to Hitler in 2018 is the new telling people not to worry about Hitler in 1938.
â€” Richard Hine (@richardhine) June 19, 2018
[Image via Johnny Louis/WENN.]