Way back in 1990, as Al Gore was still a United States Senator singlehandedly perfecting the internet, attorney Mike Godwin had already noticed a trend which he addressed with an informal rule, which became known as Godwin’s Law: “as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfieted the argument.” I’ve been ignoring the law for many months, and over the weekend Donald Trump dropped any pretense that his campaign is not for the Presidency of the United States, but for Chancellor of The American Homeland, by
asking demanding his followers take the pledge and salute him. Bustle.com:
Trump asked his supporters to raise their right hands and take a loyalty pledge, to promise that they’d come out to vote for him in the Florida primary “no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever… [to] vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president!”
Trump flubbed the line in a pretty bad way, because the Florida primary isn’t on March 12th, it’s on March 15th. But he and his crowd also failed one of the most crucial, fundamental tests of political optics out there: try not to look like a whole room of people flashing the Nazi salute.
Any mainstream reticence to go there has vanished. Saturday Night Live’s March 5th episode had several different references to Trump/Hitler, noted below by the NY Daily News:
Trump spent much of the previous week unsuccessfully trying to convince us that he truly “disavows” white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan. As the months roll on, however, it becomes obvious to anyone not lobotomized by his charm that Trump really has a form of Political Tourette’s, eventually spilling his vile truth wrapped inside the bravado. For some reason, the Anti-Defamation League took offense at his comparing the Klan to Jewish charitable organizations.
“I don’t like to disavow groups if I don’t know who they are,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” I mean, you could have Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in groups.”
The Forward reported: The ADL slammed Trump’s comparison of Jewish groups to white power groups, noting that they refer to blacks as ‘mud people’ and brand Jews as ‘Satanic.’ “It is obscene to even mention a Jewish organization in the same breath as these white supremacist groups,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. “Mr. Trump needs to acknowledge that the rhetoric of these hate groups is appalling and does not belong in any political discussion.”
The idea that “American Exceptionalism” really exists is based, at least in part, on our now-apparently-arrogant assumption that what happened in Nazi Germany could never happen here. Our Constitution and our traditions and our diversity…. the melting pot…. were formal and informal safeguards. Or so we’ve thought. Remember all the crap about Obama… stoked from the top by the likes of Donald Trump… paranoid garbage that went way past his birth certificate?… “WARNING: Obama Opens First Concentration Camp in US — Plans to Detain Conservatives.” Drivel that was so outrageous that it had to be debunked by Debunker-In-Chief Snopes:
Alpha Fail: No, the “first” FEMA camp hasn’t opened in Wilcox, Arizona, so that conservatives can be detained and re-educated there.
No doubt about it, the finger has been pointed at the wrong guy for the last 8 years, hasn’t it? Louis CK issued the sternest warning of all in a weekend message, summarized here by Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast:
In his weekly email blast to fans, CK compared Trump to Hitler, calling him an “insane bigot” and “dangerous” while calling upon conservatives to not vote for Trump, but instead cast their vote someone more moderate, like John Kasich. And if you think CK is a typical left-wing Hollywood-type, he attempted to put that notion to bed as well, writing, “I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance.”
And Louis CK brilliantly references his personal dealing with Trump decades ago during the Trump’s Castle/Marla Maples era…..
At Trump’s Castle, Louis says he ran into Trump and his then-mistress Marla Maples, with whom the tycoon was carrying on a stealthy affair while married (with three children) to Ivana Trump. “Then, I’m in an elevator and Trump got on with Marla Maples at the time, and everyone was like, ‘Oh, there they are!’ They got really excited, like, ‘Oh my god! There’s Trump and the woman he’s f—–g illicitly,’” joked Louis. “And they got on the elevator and Trump looked miserable. I was on the elevator alone with him, just by chance, and he just looked miserable. He looked so unhappy. All that money, I realized that he has all these billions of dollars, but he’s fuckin’ miserable because he needs $100 billion to look in the mirror and not want to kill himself. He needs that.”