If You Wonder What You Would Have Done During WW2, Now Is Your Time To Find Out
The U.S. is looking into the face of a dangerous dictator. What side of history will you be on?
Back in 2016, when Trump was inching dangerously close to the presidential seat, I saw many hot takes going around comparing him to Adolf Hitler... and I agreed with every single one. From the very beginning, Trump has built his entire political presence on divisive rhetoric and white nationalism. If you don't believe me, just google some of the things he has said in the last four to five years. But now, things are escalating far more than words.
Jan. 6 saw the biggest threat to American democracy in modern history take place right before the world's eyes. A large group of Trump supporters flocked to Washington D.C. to protest outside of the Capitol Building as Congress was inside recounting the votes of the November presidential election, once again solidifying that Joe Biden won the electoral college, making him the president elect. Things devolved into madness when the crowd overtook the police and several broke into the Capitol Building, destroying government property and documents. And where was their leader when all of this was happening? He was where we usually find him when major events happen that require him to be a voice of reason... on Twitter.
Trump made several tweets continuing his false claim that the election was rigged against him, adding fuel to the fire of the mob. And then, he finally released a video to address the people. In a minute-long video, Trump managed to tell the violent crowd that he loved them, that he understood their frustration at having the election "stolen" from them, and that they are all "special" people. He did end up telling them to go home, but in the grand scheme of it, that was the least important part of what he said.
Trump has repeated the lie over and over again that the election was somehow unfairly ripped from him and has even admitted to not conceding, just as he did once again on Jan. 6. And while his supporters may be waiting for him to start locking people up in concentration camps to see what is right in front of their eyes, there have been people who have recognized him for what he is since before he took office. And what he is, is a power-hungry dictator.
The difference between someone like Hitler and Trump is that thus far, Trump has allowed his influence on his followers to make them do his dirty work for him. Trump hasn't had to order the military to take over the Capitol Building because his supporters have already done it. He hasn't had to order the military to intimidate people of color at polling stations because his supporters have already done it. He hasn't had to take away the guns of the people because it is in his best interest for his followers to have their guns to create militias and achieve things like we saw at the Capitol.
We are in a crucial time in the U.S. and even in the world. When a man who allows these kinds of threats to democracy to take place, who actively tries to discredit the media who provide information to the people, and who tells us time and time again that he has no plans of peacefully conceding to the presidential candidate that was chosen by the people, that is something that should concern everyone.
And if you choose to turn a blind eye to it or worse, make excuses for his behavior, then that is exactly what you would have done when Hitler was rising to power.
In the words of Kanye West (ironically), "no one man should have all that power."