It’s old news, but there’s so much in his past, it’s easy for things we should remember to get buried. Here’s something that shouldn’t be forgotten, an article from Vanity Fair.
Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. . .
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
From the same article
Donald is a believer in the big-lie theory,” his lawyer had told me. “If you say something again and again, people will believe you.”
I came to post this diary after reading Leonard Pitts Jr's column “If it talks like a Hitler and walks like a Hitler …” The goals are clearly not the same: Trump is not at all likely to try to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, LGBTQ people, etc. But the methods are the all too similar, and the outcome potentially catastrophic. Pitts quotes several holocaust survivors who see this similarity. He ends with a very acute statement:
You can’t blame people who didn’t realize what Hitler was. They had never seen anything like him before.
You and I, however, have no such excuse.
I can’t aspire to the term “activist.” My political involvement is limited: donations, some phonebanking in the past 3 presidential elections, door to door for Kerry in Florida and New Mexico (The only year I had time to travel as I worked very, very part time in 2004).
But this time, I am unashamed to be terrified by Trump. I will do everything possible for me to do to defeat him.
I hope to encourage all to do the same.