Les MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Like every other successful national leader who is not a raving
lefty, Donald Trump is compared by his less imaginative critics to
As usual, the comparison does not stand up to scrutiny. Hitler, for
instance, started a world war and murdered six million Jews. Trump has
never started even a regional war or murdered anyone. So there’s that.
And this: Hitler was the worst anti-Semite in the history of the
world. Trump was grand marshal of New York City’s 2006 Salute to Israel
Hitler wanted to conquer the world. Trump is isolationist. You cold hardly find two more divergent foreign policies.
Hitler infamously used mob violence to intimidate and silence his
political rivals. Trump isn’t doing that. Rather, it is Trump’s rivals
using mob violence to intimidate and silence him and his supporters.
Again, this is the exact opposite of Hitler.
Granted, Hitler had significant popular appeal, as does Trump, but so
what? If popular appeal is a crime, all ascendant politicians, good and
bad, are guilty, including Barack Obama, but I don’t hear anyone
comparing Trump to Obama, or Obama to Hitler.
Hitler certainly was a bully. Trump, not so much. Among those
endorsing him are his two ex-wives and his former butler of 20 years.
Who knows a man better than his former butler and ex-wives? Who is in a
better position to identify a bully? Who is more likely to see a man at
his worst? No one, I submit.
Departed household staff and ex-wives of famous men more often write
books about how awful they are. In Trump’s case, they can’t say enough
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