By going there -- by making the Ad Hitlerum argument and implying a vote for Trump is a vote for Hitler. And then Jeff and company got the story wrong.
In an editorial today, the Post said:
SOME READERS ask how Donald Trump can be a threat to democracy if he is putting himself forward as a candidate. If he ends up attracting a majority of American voters, what could be more democratic?
First, you don’t have to go back to history’s most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box. In the world today, it has become almost commonplace for elected leaders to lock the door behind them once they achieve power. Vladimir Putin in Russia, Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey — all found ways once in power to restrict opposition, muzzle the media and erode checks and balances.Hitler was not elected in 1932. Paul von Hindenburg was. Hitler finished second and became his vice chancellor.
That is important because it shows democracy works. Most Germans (including those who voted for third- and fourth-party candidates) did not want Hitler. But once the election was over, the politicians locked the doors and decided to make Hitler the vice chancellor. They assigned him powers that should have belonged to Hindenburg.
The threat to democracy is not the people we elect, but the people we don't elect who assume the power. From the Supreme Court to the regulatory agencies, America's biggest threat is a federal government that answers to nobody.
Pushing to label Trump a Nazi is the last mad gasp of the newspaper of record in the most corrupt town in the world. The revolving doors from politics to journalism is particularly revolting. Clinton's spokesman heads ABC News for crying out loud.
Trump is a threat to these institutions. And so they call him Hitler. Like little boys they pencil the mustache on his picture under his nose. Oh and Marco Rubio went Rosie O'Donnell this week by saying Trump has little hands and implying he has a little penis.
They cannot make an honorable defense for illegal immigration, or for continuing free trade, or for allowing Iran to have nukes, or for continuing Obamacare.
And so they smear Trump as Hitler.