A cadre of critics of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump on Friday condemned his speech in Nazi terms, calling it “Hitlerian.”
But the overreach wasn’t even a new attack, as WND Managing Editor David Kupelian pointed out weeks ago that multiple Washington Post writers had adopted the description.
The Daily Beast reported MSNBC host Chris Matthews said: “It was not just the racial – I shouldn’t say racial, I should say Hitlerian – background to it. The message I keep thinking is: What does [U.K. prime minister] Theresa May think of this when she picks up the paper and says, ‘Oh my God, what did he just say? He said America first. What happened to the special relationship?’ What if you’re Putin? You’re probably pounding the table, saying, ‘That’s what I’ve been saying! Russia first!'”
Matthews famously said he got a “thrill” up his leg while listening to Barack Obama early in his presidency.
Listen to Matthews:
Another MSNBC personality, Rachel Maddow, said: “It’s interesting, I have heard that same sentiment that you just described from the very top reaches of the outgoing administration. That oratory is powerful and can be a form of leadership, but it’s not the work of governing and that counting on inspiration doesn’t get you where you need to be.”
The Daily Caller reported she continued, “The crime, the gangs, the drugs, the American carnage, disrepair, decay. You can’t imagine the outgoing president giving a speech like that.
“There was an America First Committee that formed in this country, hundreds of thousands of people in this country, some of the richest businessmen in the country were part of it. They were formed to keep us out of World War II. They were infiltrated by the Nazis, many of them are anti-Semitic, which is part of why they weren’t alarmed by Hitler’s rise in Germany.
“The America First Committee is something that means a specific thing in this country. To repurpose it now, not that far down the historical path, it’s hard. It’s hard to hear,” she said.
Then there was the social-media posting that cited liberal billionaire George Soros also calling Trump “Hitlerian,” prompting a response that “someone needs to muzzle” him.
But the theme is old.
WND’s David Kupelian reported at least five writers from the Washington Post already have evoked Hitler.
It started last February when Post columnist Danielle Allen threw down the gauntlet with a widely cited article dramatically headlined, “The moment of truth: We must stop Trump.”
Naturally, she went directly to the Hitler comparison.
“Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century,” Allen wrote, “I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.”
Then followed a June 14 headline, “Donald Trump’s new favorite slogan was invented for Nazi sympathizers.”
The writer snarked, “He wasn’t quite promising ‘America über alles,’ but it comes close. ‘America First’ was the motto of Nazi-friendly Americans in the 1930s, and Trump has more than just a catchphrase in common with them.”
A few weeks later, the Post published a piece by Peter Ross Range, a longtime mainstream newsmagazine writer, titled “The theory of political leadership that Donald Trump shares with Adolf Hitler.”
The report continued: “Then there was author and essayist Shalom Auslander, whose Sept. 13 Washington Post column was headlined: “Don’t compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. It belittles Hitler.” His subtitle: “One was a psychopath who believed his raving rants. The other is a con man.”
And a week later, on Sept. 19, the Post published a controversial article by Richard Cohen, a weekly political columnist who has been with the paper since 1968. It bore the chilling headline “Trump’s Hitlerian disregard for the truth.”
The Washington Examiner reported after Christmas that it had found several additional references to Trump as Hitler, including in a New York Times book review by Michiko Kakutani and a comment by CNN’s Dana Bash after a presidential-campaign debate.