A few days ago I was browsing reddit and I stumble upon a post claiming that Leon Trotsky’s assessment of Adolf Hitler seems to fit Donald Trump. I was not really surprised as many people have already made the comparison but I decided to actually take a look at the essay and look at the similarities myself.
Hitler has been widely regarded as a demagogue, a hysterical person, and a comedian.
We have to admit that this opening statement perfectly fits Trump. Whether it’s his appearance on Saturday Night Live or his defense of his penis size, the guy is basically out there making America and the world laugh. For a more in-depth look on this political comedy, check out this article by the New York Times.
The leaders of German labor refused to take Hitler seriously
German politicians could not take Hitler’s plans seriously. According to Trotsky, “they dismissed his program as an impossible blend of reaction and utopia”. This seems to be the case for both the Democratic Party and to some extent, the Republican Party too. However, he is in fact destroying the GOP as it could in fact splinter if Donald Trump gets the nomination.
Taken as a whole, the Hitler program for the reconstruction of Europe is a reactionary-utopian medley of racial mysticism and national cannibalism.
This one is self-explanatory. Hitler’s plans were extremely racist and angled on eliminating anyone who is not of pure German race, the holocaust serves as a great example of his ideology. Trump, although not necessarily as aggressive, opposed almost anyone who is not white. Whether it’s his hate for Latinos and Muslims, or his history of blatant racism and bigotry, Trump wants a pure white America. Reminds me of a small group of Southern ghost cosplayers, usually known as the Ku Klux Klan.
This is only a small section of the whole essay but I must say, I am rather horrified at the similarities rather than impressed by Trotsky’s description. As Karl Marx said “History repeats; first as tragedy, then as farce.”