The cardinal rule in Communications 101 is to never make a comparison to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, unless you’re literally discussing Hitler and the Holocaust.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer learned that lesson the hard way by making an inaccurate comparison between Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons to Hitler. “Someone who is [as] despicable as Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said during Tuesday’s press briefing to reporters.
Now, Spicer is on the apology tour, and rightly so because who else would make such bold and outlandish Hitler comparisons, but him?
Well, that’s if you discount MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, who both made Hitler comparisons. But they didn’t compare Assad to Hitler. No, they compared Donald Trump to Hitler. Matthews said Trump’s inauguration speech was “Hitlerian,” while Maddow likened Trump’s election to Hitler’s rise.
Reacting to Trump’s “America First” message during his inauguration speech, Maddow said, “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.”
“There’s a history of what ‘enemy of the people,’ that phrase means as used by dictators and authoritarians including Stalin, including Hitler,” Bernstein said to CNN host Brian Stelter.
And while the Women’s March was celebrated by liberals around the world, it was chock-full of comparisons between Trump and Hitler.
During her infamous rant, actress Ashley Judd said, “I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets! A mustache traded for a toupee! Nazis renamed the Cabinet! Electro-conversion therapy, the new gas chamber shaming the gay out of America, turning rainbows into suicide notes!”
The crazy part is that these examples are just drops in the bucket in how often Donald Trump gets compared to Hitler. Sure, former President Barack Obama got Hitler comparisons too when he was in office.
The point is it’s time to stop with the selective outrage, and above all, stop making comparisons to Hitler.