There have been a lot of comparisons of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, and this isn’t often hyperbole. While in the past many compare leaders to Hitler to proclaim they’re evil, Trump literally draws clear parallels to the former Chancellor of Germany.
“The Nazi party and Hitler became wildly popular among German citizenry with the use of endless propaganda that included large amounts of money spent on campaigns filled with Nationalistic slogans. These campaigns were then dispersed via newspapers, posters, leaflets, etc. Anything, really, to rally support behind their lies.Hitler wanted the nation to return to greatness and be a worldwide force to be reckoned with. And what greater way to rally support than by blaming a minority group for all the nation’s problems, in this case, Jewish individuals? It was an easy cop-out and shifted blame from leadership.”
And what did Trump do throughout the course of his entire election and his first year in office? He shifted blame to Mexicans, Muslims and China for all our problems. Blame the other, then there’s no need to blame ourselves. Instill a sense of unabashed nationalism and people will be none the wiser.
Keeping up with following Hitler’s cues, Trump is now doing exactly what Hitler did in regards to salary as president. He told 60 Minutes that he doesn’t plan to take a salary, and if he does, it would only be $1.
According to “The Third Reich In Power” by Richard Evans, Hitler was already wealthy on his own, so in an effort to promote a false sense of nationalism that he could use to his favor to get people to stand with him, he took no salary.
“… it was clear that Hitler had little use for the modest salary of 45,000 Reichsmarks he earned as Reich Chancellor, or for the annual expense allowance of 18,000 Reichsmarks; early in his Chancellorship, therefore, he publicly renounced both salary and allowance in a propagandistic gesture designed to advertise the spirit of selfless dedication in which he ruled the country.”
“When the Munich tax office reminded him in 1934 that he had never paid any income tax and now owed them more than $400,000 Reichsmarks in arrears, pressure was brought to bear on the tactless officials and before long they had agreed to write off the whole sum and destroy all the files on Hitler’s tax affairs into the bargain.”
If you remember, Trump has yet to release his tax returns, and from what we’ve seen of his past, he paid no taxes. This is literally history repeating itself, and it makes one wonder if he’ll try to cut the same sort of deal Hitler did.
According to The Daily Beast:
“Upon being informed that the salary is $400,000, Trump responded, “No, I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it.” When asked about his taxes—a controversial issue during the presidential race—Trump dismissed the topic by simply saying, “Nobody cares.” “The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. Obviously, the public didn’t care because I won the election very easily. So they don’t care. I never thought they did care,” he said.”
Trump also made this announcement of taking no salary very public, so those who don’t see through his schitck will sing his praises and claim he is a wonderful patriot. The fact is, it is all for show, as it always is for Trump, and this should terrify us all.
Add to all of this the fact that Trump just made an anti-Semitic white supremacist his Chief Strategist, and we are watching history repeat itself right before our very eyes.
We need to stay aware, America, because if this pattern continues to hold true, we are in for a very rude awakening.
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