Thursday, July 14, 2016

According to Rolling Stone magazine part of Rachel Maddow's preparation for covering Donald Trump is to read up on Adolph Hitler. Seems reasonable.

Courtesy of The Hill:

“What is amazing is the Republican Party that picked him. They had 330 million people to choose from, and they've decided that he is the best one to be the standard-bearer of one of the two major parties of the greatest nation on Earth,” Maddow told the magazine in an interview published Tuesday. 

“Like, talk to me, Republican voters! What's the worst-case scenario for America if he wins? It can be pretty bad. You don't have to go back far in history to get to almost apocalyptic scenarios.” 

“Is part of you worried we're living through the first few chapters of some dystopian science fiction novel?” interviewer Andy Greene asked. 

Maddow responded: “Over the past year I've been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor. I am gravitating toward moments in history for subliminal reference in terms of cultures that have unexpectedly veered into dark places, because I think that's possibly where we are.” 

As I have mentioned in the past comparing modern day politicians to Adolph Hitler is usually considered hyperbolic and ridiculous.

But I would argue that Hitler really is the historic figure that is most similar to Donald J. Trump, and their tactics for garnering support are frighteningly similar.

So I think that Rachel is really on to something here, and it should serve as a warning to all of us as to just how bad this whole thing can get before it is finally over.

A warning by the way that a number of historians are also attempting to broadcast to the American people:  

Historians including David McCullough, Ken Burns, Robert Caro, Ron Chernow and Vicki Lynn Ruiz have all posted short videos explaining why Trump’s campaign is disturbing to a Facebook page called “Historians on Donald Trump.”

McCullough, who received the Pulitzer Prize for books on presidents John Adams and Harry Truman, told The New York Times that he does not usually weigh in on contemporary political issues. But the historian, who said he is registered independent, was so disturbed by the possibility of a Trump presidency that he felt compelled to speak out, he told the outlet. 

“Like so many others, I keep asking myself, how in the world can it be that the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, is on the verge of nominating the likes of Donald Trump for president of the United States?,” McCullough says in his video. McCullough asked why Americans would entrust Trump, someone he said is “clearly unsuited” to be president.

This is not a normal election my friends, and Donald Trump is no normal politician.

He needs to be identified as the fascist that he is and dealt with accordingly.

And that means energizing the voters against him, publicizing every despicable lie he tells, and calling him out on every sneaky and underhanded thing that he does.


  1. Anonymous11:35 AM

    O/T: O.M.F.G.!!! I just logged into my FB account, and first thing that hits me is a post from Bar$tool, asking in a patheos article, what people think if DUMBkota looks better scruffy than clean cut. I will NOT click on the article, and will NOT vote.
    But, again: "I need attention, and I need it NOW!!!"

    1. Anonymous11:51 AM

      Shit like that is what will drive the MOH to add some of Trax's oxycontin as a garnish to that flask. Add two pills and shake.
      He knew what he was getting into. Don't feel sorry for him atallllll!

  2. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Since RBG was pretty much forced to "regret" her comments about Trump do you think Trump will now formally "regret" his comments about the Egypt Air crash -

  3. Anonymous11:49 AM

    There is no doubt whatsoever that what's happening in the US right now bears a striking similarity to how Hitler manipulated economic grievances to come to power - first by vote and then by force.

    1. Anonymous1:02 AM

      I read somewhere Drumpf keeps a copy of Mein Kampf (translation of course) on the night stand and reads it.

      That would explain an awful lot.

      So, yeah. Rachel should be doing her homework and her due diligence. Or we are going to be repeating a very nasty part of our history. And we should totally know better.

      Elie Wiesel died too soon.

  4. Anonymous12:04 PM

  5. Anonymous12:05 PM

    We Democrats need a LARGE voter turn-out, folks. We can do this!

    President Hillary Clinton. History made twice.

    1. First woman U.S. president.
    2. First husband and wife who both served as U.S. president.

    Let's make it happen!

    1. Anonymous1:04 PM

      I'm on board to make it happen.

    2. Anonymous1:25 PM

      Me too!!!

    3. Anonymous1:34 PM

      Yes, I'm on board too. But the bumper sticker in my head reads My Heart is with Bernie, my Vote is with Hillary.

    4. Happy To Pay My Own Billz1:50 PM

      Count me in!

    5. Anonymous3:29 PM

      Yep! Same here!

  6. Anonymous12:13 PM

    It's a sad fact that anyone who aspires to create a mass movement, especially one based on authoritarianism, demagoguery and a cult of personality MUST be a student of Adolf Hitler and his rise to power. Since we know Trump keeps a copy of Hitler's speeches at his bedside, we know he's been studying and so far seems to have learned HIS lessons well.

    Conversely, anyone who wishes to save our country from descending into barbarism and madness MUST ALSO be a student of Adolf Hitler. The question is have WE learned OUR lessons well, or will We the Sheeple follow the Judas goat Trump into the pit of destruction and despair.

    1. Anonymous1:44 PM

      Lol. Go for a walk outside junior.

      Maddow is just failing at trying to stay relevant.

    2. Leland4:37 PM

      1:44, I take it from your surly response you agree with Humpty Trumpty and will be volunteering to serve as a member of his Brown Shirts?

      If you LIKE that piece of garbage, fine. Just be aware. Hitler turned on THEM, too.

    3. Anonymous5:39 PM

      Brown Shirts like BLM Leland?

      The silent majority is getting tired of it.

    4. Leland7:10 AM

      Yep. That settles it, 5:39. You ARE a trump humper.

      I have to say also, that what you just posted is absolutely too stupid for words. In fact, I feel it is dumber than almost ANYTHING Sarah Palin EVER said!

      Your bigotry is showing badly. Do you also hate women? And Mexicans? And Muslims? Or ANYONE who doesn't look like you or sound like you or believes as you do, or....

      And the so-called "silent majority" have yet to speak. That Hitlerian piece of garbage you believe in would destroy this country. When he loses, I will bet he will sue the FEC for a rigged election.

      YOU are ONE of the reasons this world is so full of hatred and violence against one another. The other reasons are those who feel as you do.

      One other thing. I won't demean myself to respond to your ignorant shit after this. Say whatever you feel like saying. i will know you are an idiot, as will almost every other reasonable person here. I personally will probably laugh at you.

    5. Anonymous7:56 AM

      Lol. You are more emotional than a woman Leland. Are you on your man period?

      Who is responsible for Paris?
      Who is responsible for Nice?
      Who is responsible for Orlando?
      Who is responsible for Dallas?
      Who is responsible for San Bernardino?
      Who is responsible for the riots in Baltimore, and still the gangland killing continues?
      Chicago... New Orleans... Detroit... all wonderful Democratic leadership.

  7. Anonymous12:27 PM

    I wish this man would not get a SINGLE protester. can you imagine? the cops sitting around, only watching their OWN.

  8. We need the media to do their fricking job!!!

  9. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Donald trump's paranoia, threats, bigotry, and vindictiveness should be a clue to the future. This is a possible turning point in us history.I wish I could say that he won't win but I didn't think gw bush would get elected either

    I wish that all of the banks would call in their loans to him and repossess his properties. Then he can live off of his vitamins.

  10. Anonymous2:03 PM

    12:27: I agree. He should get no more attention by protesters since there is social media. Too hot anyway. Let his crazy motor cycle and white extremists fans have the area. These guys will have guns and are itching to use them. This is not a place for passive protesting. Some will get hurt and trump loves it. Don't feed into his sick love of physical violence.

  11. Anonymous2:23 PM

    We all see the Hitler resemblance. So let's make it to the polls and pull for Hilary. Let's save America's legacy. No, to another bout of Hitlerism, and yes to four more years of trying to fix up all that shit that W and his cohorts did to swing our country into a negative direction.

  12. Anonymous2:29 PM

    If Maddow took a sharpie and drew a little mustache on her face, she would look like Hitler.

    1. Anonymous2:53 PM

      What a dumbass thing to say but the reality is it's one thing to look like Hitler another thing to model your campaign and your presidency on him.

    2. Anonymous3:05 PM

      Lol, Who is modeling their campaign after Hitler dumbass?

      It is unbelievable that people like yourself are so dim and gullible that you would fully believe anything Maddow the hack says.

      Can't wait to vote for Trump. When he wins and doesn't turn into Hitler, will Maddow resign in disgrace for being a failed push 'journalist'?

    3. Anonymous4:23 PM

      Anonymous3:05 PM Wake up and smell the coffee goofus. Drumpf and people like you are dangerous. Please move to an uninhabited island. Polite society has no need for the likes of you and Drumpf.

    4. Anonymous4:24 PM

      Anonymous3:05 PM TROLL... be gone....POOF!

    5. Leland4:42 PM

      Obviously, 3:05, you know nothing about the history of Hitler and how he was able to come to power.

      Or is it that you DO know and WANT it to come about?

    6. Anonymous5:37 PM

      Ooooh the scareds. Leland you are so smart and you know so much, when exactly is the sky going to fall so we can all plan for it lol?

    7. Leland7:13 AM

      @ 5:37

      Ah! The last resort of the incompetent: Attack.

      Oh! And you didn't answer my question.

  13. Anonymous2:37 PM

    Listening to NPR on my way home from work, I heard a part of an interview where someone said that dRumpf is clinically narcissistic. Couldn't agree more. That ANYone would for for this ass-hat is alarming.

  14. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Trump uses the Nice incident to fan the flames on Twitter whereas the AUTHORITIES don't yet know the facts -

    "Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse."

    Oh boy, hair trigger reactions to everything - just wait until he's president. Get ready to wage war with the world.

  15. Anonymous2:50 PM

    An interesting article about Hitler... a couple of quotes...

    "According to Murray, the adult Hitler was a "counteractive type," by which he meant a person primarily motivated by resentment and revenge..."

    "There is no question that Hitler's personality exuded pathological narcissism..."

    google clinical narcissism and you find a list of narcissistic personality disorder hits. Here is a good quote..."Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment." Sound like adRUmpf to you? does to me.

  16. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Quote from comments: "Anonymous2:29 PM
    If Maddow took a sharpie and drew a little mustache on her face, she would look like Hitler." haha. Alot of people might LOOK like hitler if they drew a moustache on their face, BFD. Doesn't mean they would be another hitler.??? what's your fucking point? Don't like Rachel? Who cares.

  17. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Trump has postponed his Friday presser re: VP pick, per his Twitter acct. Doesn't say until when....

    1. Anonymous3:53 PM

  18. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Trump using Nice France to get media attention -

    "In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement."

    Really, the event in Nice is horrible but what does it have to do with American politics. People in France are still out and about but Trump suspends his vp pick for another day? Geez. What a media whore.

    Anyway Pence has to file by noon tomorrow to get his name on the ballot in Indiana so by 12:01 p.m. we'll all know without the Donald hitting the airwaves.

  19. Anita Winecooler5:41 PM

    She's so right, Gryphen. My parents came here to get away from Moussellini, another fascist. The war had ended, people who voted against him or dared protest, were taken out in the middle of the night and killed, their bodies left in town squares. If they were particularly vocal, their families were killed first as they watched, knowing they were next. She's in her eighties now, and Trump scares the shit out of her, and he worked on a much smaller scale than Adolph Hitler.
    Imagine being a kid, bombs going off, houses looted, women raped and killed, robbed, families broken up with too many unknowns to even fathom.

    I used to hear these stories and roll my eyes in disbelief (teenagers already know it all, right?) This hate can be extrapolated to what's happening now with the racial profiling, crazy police tactics, etc. It's something that's carefully taught and indoctrinated from generation to generation, and it's got to end.


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