This is my first piece for the Times of Israel, and I am excited to take on what many would consider to be a very controversial topic. I was accepted as a blogger for the site some six weeks ago; between then and now, I have gone from looking for an internship this summer to finding out I am graduating early and undertaking the job hunt. This process of maturing has opened my mind to the world in a way that I have yet to experience.
First and foremost, I understand the issues that people have with Donald Trump. Muslims have been told that they are not equal, women have been belittled, and much more. As a Jew, I am concerned with the prospect of a Trump Presidency, especially concerning the situation in the Middle East right now.
Over the last few weeks, as the election has really started to get serious, I have been privy to multiple claims comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. I didn’t plan on voting for Trump when he declared his candidacy, were he to receive the nomination, and I definitely do not plan on voting for him now as it seems more and more likely that he’ll represent the GOP.
As someone with deep-rooted ties to the Holocaust, I become personally offended when people draw the comparison between Trump and Hitler – but this isn’t about me! We all need to take a step back, and question those who compare Trump to a man responsible for the murder of 11 million people in Europe – 11 MILLION PEOPLE.
As a college student, the most important lesson that I have learned is to analyze the facts of an entire story, from multiple viewpoints, before coming to a conclusion. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP race has eluded to “fascist” tactics that have been undertaken by some of the most ruthless dictators in history. With that said, quit riding the “we can’t let history repeat itself” train and consider drawing a comparison that doesn’t attempt to rip at the emotions of Trump supports and all other people that are on the fence by making them feel as if they are historically inept. If you still feel the need to compare the two, make sure to give it enough context rather than bringing about the comparison for the emotional ploy that I just referenced.
Apparently, I am behind the mend here with my understanding of the comparison. It is my hope that enough people see this article, so that people either comment on it below or through social media, to enlighten us on the legitimacy of comparing a politician vying for office, to someone who killed 11 million people, of which 1.1 million were children yet to get a chance to experience even the smallest inklings of a normal life. I am only interested in respectful and thoughtful dialogue here.
It goes without saying that this Presidential election is the most polarizing in the history of American politics. I feel for the Muslims, the Gays, the illegal immigrants, and anybody else considered a minority or different for being put down by someone who has used his business savvy and “dealings” to get him to where he is today. Comparisons to Hitler do the Nazi coward justice, however – it solidifies that his tactics and his movement are still alive and well – and in America and Israel, that could not be further from the truth.