The Strategic Blunder Of 'Trump-As-Hitler'
The president’s ostensibly serious critics have broken the glass on the “Trump-is-a-Nazi” line of attack. There were previous allusions to this from media: Apart from the “over-woke,” under-informed Hollywood set, however, critics largely managed to avoid making the explicit
That is, until now, with family separations at the U.S. border dominating headlines. But overwrought Nazi comparisons are both historically illiterate and an extreme misstep, crossing a rhetorical line from which there can be no turning back.
Given the Obama admin also held separated children in "cages," which merited the faintest of peeps from supplicant media, pols and activists, this newfound outrage comes off as contrived partisanship. Further, In equating temporary detention with the mechanized genocide of 6 million people, historical ignorance aside full-bore Nazism accusations are a grave strategic error by the president's critics.
You knew it was coming: Trump is literally
Hitler! Escalating from the moment he pulled off his "upset" defeat of Hillary, their rhetoric finally reached its natural conclusion; yet for some bizarre reason Dems decided now — five months
from midterm elections, in the midst of a whirlwind of other headlines — was the time to deploy their rhetorical nuclear option.
News cycles move at breakneck speed and are often determined by the president himself. The North Korea summit? May as well have been ten years ago. So, too, will the border separation issue fall by the wayside as a gnat-like attention span turns to some newer, trendier outrage du jour.
By the time midterms roll around, this latest contretemps will be the faintest of memories.
This, then, raises the question: Where do Democrats and their "Never Trump" conservative hangers-on go next, rhetorically, having spent their shot on the border issue? Now that Trump is "actually Hitler,"
any compromise by Democrats will be viewed as kowtowing to fascism.
Conversely, sticking with the Nazism line of attack cheapens its effect and, frankly, makes its proponents come off as a little more
than unhinged, something perhaps already at play given that a Gallup poll has put Trump at his highest approval rating to date.
Is this the last desperate gasp of the president’s critics: Do they double down and ride the Trump-as-Hitler narrative — and themselves
— into the ground? The Democrats' overwrought rhetoric may hand Teflon Don yet another victory, and harm their longer-term prospects in the process.