NBC Historian Beschloss: I’m Not Saying Trump Is Hitler—But He’s Hitler

Trump = Hitler is the political catnip liberals cannot resist.

Examples abound, including this item from 2019 quoting MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch warning that A second Holocaust could occur if Trump is reelected. Joe Scarborough describes a Trump rally like a “Nuremberg rally”.And suggesting that things are beginning to “look like Germany in 1933.”

Monday, Morning JoeMSNBC Historical. Michael Beschloss, commenting on Trump’s rally in Texas over the weekend, became the latest liberal to pencil-draw the little mustache on Trump. While piously prefacing his remarks by proclaiming that Trump isn’t Hitler and he went on to compare the ex-president to Hitler.



Beschloss went off-topic and described Hitler’s statement that if he was elected chancellor, he would reject anti-semitism, and instead, govern “constitutionally.”  Beschloss also noted that the coincidence occurred. Trump’s Texas rally took place on the same day, January 30th, that Hitler was appointed chancellor Germany, 1933

Donald Trump does not represent Adolf Hitler. Nobody is Adolf HitlerThe one who falls under the category of evil. HoweverAdolf Hitler’s rise to power was yesterday (23rd March 1933).

Sinister coincidence? It seemed that Beschloss would suggest this! Trump actually held his rally on January 29th. Beschloss was close to smear.

Beschloss claimed Trump’s statements at Texas rally were illegal “fascism” and “authoritarianism.” His spiel was concluded by accusing Trump of “threatening violence,” ominously warning that Trump’s Texas remarks were “A preview of the attractions to come.” When an autocrat speaks, listen.” 

Beschloss didn’t wish viewers to view Trump as Hitler Redux. So why would they raise the Nazi dictatorial specter? This is similar to the Wall Street JournalJames Taranto, a great editor and writer, used to write in his Best of the WebColumn: “Apophasis”, a rhetorical trick. It is the art and science of mentioning something while stating that you are not going to. It was Beschloss saying that it would be wrong to refer to Trump as Hitler. …”

On Morning Joe, MSNBC historian Michael Beschloss analogizing Trump to Hitler was sponsored in part by Neutrogena, IHOP, Farmers Insurance, and AT&T.

You can find the transcription here.

Morning Joe
6:22 am ET

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: And author, and NBC News presidential historian, Michael Beschloss. It is a pleasure to have you all here this morning. Michael, let me start by saying hello. This is a broad overview of Trump rallies in the middle or beginning of Biden presidency. How does this relate to the former president? Are Republicans likely to be forced to take a final decision? 

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS (I think so). Mika, would you believe that a year ago we’d be here talking about Donald Trump’s speech? 

It was the garden variety. This was garden variety. Fascism was the correct term. It is authoritarianism. It is the work of autocrats and authoritarians. They advocate violenceThey want institutions to be destroyed, and they lie. 

Donald Trump does not represent Adolf Hitler. Nobody is Adolf HitlerThe one who falls under the category of evil. HoweverAdolf Hitler’s rise to power was yesterday (23rd March 1933). He was elected to office in Germany. The job of chancellor was officially and informally handed to him by President Hindenburg. He stated that Hitler would behave. Hitler responded, You make me chancellor. Then I will avoid antisemitism. This is what he actually stated. He claimed, “I will govern in a rational way, but I will also govern constitutionally.” They are all lies. It is impossible to believe any of these things. 

Mika and Joe: That’s all I have to say. You have Donald Trump even before you consider a run for the presidency in 2024He was already offering pardons to anyone who may get into trouble in January 6, and trying to convince them that he is not incriminated. threatening violenceThat’s an idea. This is a glimpse of the future attractions. When an autocrat speaks, listen.

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