It feels surreal and absurd that we’re sitting in 2020 and liberals are STILL comparing Donald Trump to Hitler, but that’s apparently the case. You would think that, after proving for four years that he was absolutely not the fascist dictator that the left made him out to be in 2016, we would be long past these belabored comparisons. But then, we suppose if you’ve spent the last four years in a left-wing bubble where everything this president does or says is magnified into the greatest evil the world has ever seen, it’s easy to miss the fact that the rest of us have stopped listening.
Still, even though we’ve come to expect these hysterical pronouncements from the Twitterati and blogs like Slate, it was disappointing to see it from a credentialed, experienced journalist like Christiane Amanpour. Don’t get us wrong: Amanpour, who does dual duty for CNN and PBS, is every bit the partisan Democrat as 99% of her colleagues in the mainstream media. But this was on another level.
“This week, 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” she said to close out her program last week. “It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity. And, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and truth. After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden/Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth. And, every day, Joe Biden makes presidential announcements about good governance and the health and security of the American people, while the great brooding figure of his defeated opponent rages, conducting purges of perceived enemies and preventing a transition.”
Yes, Trump expressing reasonable concerns about an election that was awash in unprecedented problems – the coronavirus, mass mail-in balloting, harvesting, etc. – is just like the Nazi takeover of Germany. Gosh, what must Christiane think of Stacey Abrams who, as far as we know, has still not conceded her 2018 campaign to become Georgia’s governor!
On Monday, Amanpour – seemingly at gunpoint – offered a mumbling apology, saying that she “shouldn’t have juxtaposed the two thoughts” in her earlier commentary. As though it was just an accident of speech that viewers got the impression that she was comparing Trump’s legal challenges to the Holocaust.
“My point was to say how democracy can potentially slip away and how we must always zealously guard our democratic values,” she said.
Maybe that zealousness can start by defunding government programming that spreads this sort of propaganda to the public.