When pressed on awkward topics—such as whether or not he regularly read Adolf Hitler’s speeches—he turns skittish and, perhaps, inventive.
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
You know typically we resist the comparison to Hitler or the Nazis when talking about candidates or their political parties. However in this case perhaps those allegations that Donald Trump is channeling Adolph with his talk of cleansing the country of illegal immigrants is not really so far off the mark.
And it certainly might help to explain why he did not bat and eye when this happened at a rally.
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist."
"Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist."
"Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew."
"Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
Only in this case, "First they came for the undocumented immigrants.......