The irony is by calling Trump "Hitler," Pitts proved Trump isn't because Pitts would be too scared to call out an actual tyrant. How do we know this? Because he is a follow-the-crowd liberal. A coward really.
Trump is a safe subject for him. Trump supporters don't threaten violence at rallies, in fact most of them are old and soft.
The real brown shirts wave Mexican flags and throw eggs, for now.
Pitts based his claim solely on Trump's speaking style, which is similar to Hitler's -- but also JFK, Reagan, and Obama to name only three popular politicians who could wow a crowd. Pitts cited two Holocaust survivors who were infants when Hitler rose to power, but who nonetheless avowed that Hitler rose the same way.
Of course, calling Trump "Hitler" is silly and Pitts knows it. But he wrote on anyway.
No, I don’t predict a new Holocaust if Trump bamboozles America into electing him. But some new calamity, inconceivable to us now, but repulsive to the values we claim to hold dear, does seem certain.
And that raises a question: If one should never be too quick to make comparisons to Germany in the 1930s, is it not also important, on the rare occasions it is merited, to make sure one is not too slow?Enough. Just stop it already. Pitts has dropped the bar for being Hitler so low it is on the ground.
In defining Hitler as a "calamity," Pitts shows all the wisdom of Marge Shott. The organized and carefully executed slaughter of 12 million people, including two-thirds of all Jews in Europe was not just some catastrophic event but a crime against humanity. If Pitts really thought Trump posed such a danger, Pitts would leave the country.
Indeed, Einstein and others were gone even before Hitler took office.
The real danger to America is liberals like Pitts who push upon their readers a "Hogan's Heroes" version of Hitler as some incompetent buffoon. Consider this:
I’m not the only one who sees the shadow of Germany in the 1930s over America in the 2010s. Once again, a clownish demagogue bestrides the political landscape, demonizing vulnerable peoples, bullying opponents, encouraging violence, offering simplistic, strongman solutions to difficult and complex problems, and men and women who bear more moral authority on this subject than I ever could see something chilling and familiar in him.There was nothing clownish about Hitler when he rose to power in 1932. He was ruthless. By passing Hitler off as "a clownish demagogue," Pitts helps the left move toward making the word Hitler meaningless.
And that is the real demagoguery. That is the real menace. Instead of worrying about the targets of the violent protests -- Trump supporters -- Pitts ought to be concerned about those dropping the F-bombs and starting the fights.
Coming soon -- "Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race."