Repugnant Comparison of Trump to Hitler

Trending at the moment is the repugnant comparison of Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, the man most responsible for the mass murder of over 6 million Jews. This is a serious problem because it unequivocally belittles one of histories most horrific, inhumane crimes. Playing down the Holocaust, Nazism, and fascism make it much more probable that such crimes will happen again. Trumps plans, beliefs and public statements may be insolent at times, however, they don’t come close to Hitler’s.

Media, bloggers, news outlets, politicians, etc., have drawn this comparison of Trump’s statements on immigration. One article wrote, “There is a strange echo of Adolf Hitler in Donald Trump’s simplistic message that the USA will solve all its problems if it will simply get rid of the Hispanic people who have come to our country” (Teddy Altreuter). What the author failed to do was actually try to understand Trump’s message because it’s not at all what he writes. Trump hasn’t proposed that we “simply get rid of Hispanic people who have come to our country.” His message is that America can resolve the taxing issues caused by decades of a penetrable border and a shortfall to implement immigration laws by fortifying our borders as well as enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Donald Trumps focus isn’t only aimed at the “Hispanic Community,” on the contrary it’s aimed at every illegal alien, Hispanic or not.

Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate the entire Jewish population, aka “The Final Solution,” which enforced new laws to specifically target Jews. Contrary to Hitler, Donald Trump’s plan for the deportation of illegal immigrants calls for stricter implementation of laws that already exist (e.g, Immigration and Nationality Act). Attempts to associate the murder of more than 6 million Jews during the Holocaust and America’s Immigration and Nationality Act is offensive and disrespectful to those who lost their lives.

Personally, I think that the United States has failed to enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act and that Trump isn’t wrong in his beliefs. Under no circumstances should holding these beliefs make me comparable to Hitler. Whether or not you agree with Trump about deportation and enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act, comparing him to Hitler is unacceptable and needs to stop. Equating deportation of illegal aliens who violate the law to the Holocaust is not going to cultivate an atmosphere in which rational and sensible debates can occur.

About the Author
Born and raised in Agoura Hills, California, Sean grew up in a large Jewish family that has been heavily involved with Israel since its inception. Sean is working on earning his degree of liberal studies with concentrations in political science, women's and gender studies, and marketing with a double minor in law and queer studies. Sean is the current President of Students Supporting Israel at Pace University and also holds a position on the SSI National Student Committee.
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