This is just one of many, many examples of how shrill, hysterical, and desperate the left has become, especially the academic left. The idea that the US is reenacting the Holocaust is absurd on its face, and manifests an ignorance of the Holocaust and of the entire phenomenon of Nazi Germany. But for leftists such as Waitman Wade Beorn, there is no comparison too absurd if it serves to blacken the reputation of President Trump. Here is a successful and popular conservative President, working hard to make America great again, and the left is mad with rage and hatred. It’s revealing.
“Washington Post Column Says USA Is Reenacting The Holocaust — Minus The Genocide,” by Joe Simonson, Daily Caller News Foundation, July 16, 2018:
A column in Monday’s Washington Post defended the left’s comparison of the Trump administration’s policies to the Holocaust, yet also conceded the lack of systematic genocide by the U.S. government.
Waitman Wade Beorn, a lecturer at the University of Virginia and so-called “Holocaust and genocide studies historian,” argues in his opinion piece “It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust. Here’s why.” that “parallels lie in authoritarianism, racism, ethnic myths and dehumanizing language,” but “not the Final Solution.”
Ironically, Beorn admits that “both ends of the spectrum too often seek to draw on [the Holocaust’s] emotional and historical power to advance their completely unrelated agendas,” but still asserts that “parallels” exist between President Donald Trump’s America and Nazi Germany.
“Trump’s well-documented use of dehumanizing language is another clear similarity to the early stages of Nazi rule. He caters to a particular demographic of unhappy voters, as did the Nazis,” he wrote.
Over and over again, Beorn hedges his argument by admitting “we are not dealing with a genocidal regime in the United States.” Given that genocide was the chief legacy of Nazi Germany, it is unclear where any parallels are obvious to the Trump administration’s immigration policy….
Don’t worry, however, Beorn thinks he’s being reasonable. After all, according to him, “Trump is not hitler [sic]” because “Hitler was arguably a far more astute politician.”
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