President-elect Donald Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he created his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” (MAGA). He knew that implying that America was somehow damaged or in need of saving would only fuel the fears of his mostly-white fanbase and create the perfect divisive political climate to allow him to rise past far more capable and qualified candidates. What many people don’t know is that Trump’s infamous slogan was actually taken from someone else, and it makes absolute horrifying sense.
Considering that Trump’s wife, Melania, has plagiarized entire parts of her speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, it’s not too much of a stretch to think that Trump wouldn’t do something similar. However, the original mastermind behind the #MAGA concept is far more terrifying. It turns out, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had a similar theme in his political movement and used “Make Germany Great Again” decades ago.
In a 1934 issue of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, a syndicated biopic of Hitler stated:
“People laughed at him, and thought he was of little importance.
He told people that he would make Germany great again. He blamed Jews, Socialists, Communists, and others for the troubles of the land. His blazing speeches gained followers for his “cause.”
This was a central phrase. Hitler also used the “Make Germany Great Again” line in a speech in 1940, when he said:
“Nationalism and Socialism had to be redefined and they had to be blended into one strong new idea to carry new strength which would make Germany great again.”
The certainly bears a terrifying resemblance to the rhetoric in Trump’s campaign, and the slogan that he’s been all too proud to claim as his own. He even made it part of his Thanksgiving message to Americans:
This couldn’t be more terrifying, especially now that the Alt-right (racist white nationalists) are coming out in droves to support Trump and his hate speech with Hitler salutes – and Trump has barely denounced it. Ivana Trump, Trump’s first wife, has even confirmed Trump’s interest in Hitler in a statement to her lawyer, when she said he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches next to his bed.
To ignore how scary Trump is for America is blatant ignorance at this point.
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