The following is not comparing anyone to the most evil person who ever walked the face of the earth. Doing so would not only be an undeserved insult to the former (not all ruthless people are Hitler) but also make the later come out more humane than deserved. So, I’m not going to compare these two in the moral sense. But I’m going to contrast them politically.
Second caveat: I’m going to use the word idiot, not insulting people who happen to have a less-than-average IQ, but rather to mean: unwise. One can be brilliant and still an idiot.
The despicable Hitler was used by the super-rich in Germany as a figurehead to their control of government. The ruthless evil brilliant idiot felt super-mighty but in fact he was just an imperialist capitalist puppet.
The following true story may illustrate how the extremely-wealthy inside and outside Germany were buddies while working-class boys from both camps killed each other off at the battle fields (in the meantime, making the war industries earn fortunes).
I was a young student still, end of the 1970s, when on an exceptionally warm day (it must have been around 300 C), I went on a bike ride to the old beautiful red-brick-stone central post office at the center of Amsterdam. Unintentionally, my large sun hat blocked view on my yarmulke and my tall body in shorts took away any chance that I would “look Jewish” according to any stereotype. I don’t think that the following could have happened if I had “looked Jewish.”
I had trouble finding the exact box that I needed, but I was in luck. Though the office was closed and the sweltering streets were completely empty, I found a very sweaty panting old post office worker who gladly helped me. I wanted to walk away thanking him, but stopped to really thank him. I added with a big grin: The Postal Service must be very glad with someone who is as loyal and dedicated as you.
No doubt it was a combination of factors that made him open up about something that I don’t think he ever told anyone, including when he was drunk (if ever). Surely, my youthful happy friendly face must have helped. I inherited it from my mother, who was a psychiatric nurse. Her “open” look always helped people to confide in her. Typically, older new Shabbat hosts would tell me their Holocaust stories at the festive table – which I was always eager to hear as my parents themselves did not like to ‘burden’ their children with their horrors. The very unusual weather (in those days) must have helped too. And my compliment. Anyway, here he went. He spoke slowly but I had all the time in the world.
It’s not my first difficult day at the Post. In the War, I also worked here. We managed the secret cables, right under this building. He sounded very proud, but I still had no idea what he was talking about. He clarified. We made sure that the daily stock market results were sent from the Ruhr Area to London at midday and the other way around at the end of the day. (I write these times from memory. I don’t know if they are accurate.) We kept it up all through the war; we never missed passing on one report.
I never found a Dutch historian who was willing to research this. (I also didn’t try too hard.)
Towards the end of WW II, the German industrialists tried to get rid of Hitler, because the useful idiot starting to lose the war and in general becoming bad for business. They weren’t quick enough.
So, again, I’m only going to draw a political, not an ethical, parallel.
Trump is just a brilliant useful idiot for the financial interests of the very-rich. He too feels super-important and powerful – but he is neither.
He’s still promising in that he tries to ‘improve’ US Tax Law but it’s not clear if he can ever deliver – he’s such a mess. Can others tame him?
In any case, he’s started already hurting the name of the Republican Party big time. He is connecting very strongly as no one before, Small Government with abuse of the Working Class. Also his flirtation with Russia doesn’t sit well with the conservatives. After Trump, the next election goes hands-down to Socialist Bernie Saunders. So it’s only a matter of time until Wall street sends Trump to the dump, to save what can be saved. They’ll find a pretext.
Meanwhile, I hope that Civil Servants, the Press and the Public can keep Trump distracted as much as he tries to distract us, from the real social damage that he tries to inflict. Because all his reign boils down to is the oldest sin in the world: grabbing and greed. The rest is distraction.