Have you been brushing up on your pre-WWII German history? If you have, you aren’t alone — Rachel Maddow the popular MSNBC host of The Rachel Maddow Show has also been hitting the history books to better understand how well-meaning societies can take a wrong turn into infamy.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Maddow first discusses Trump’s victorious primary run, saying:
I am fascinated in my country! [Laughs] There’s no mystery about Trump. I mean, there’s a little mystery as to why he wanted to do this. Have you seen those frustration moments for him on the trail: ‘I had a good life. Why am I doing this?’ “
But Maddow is amazed not that Trump decided to run in the first place, but that he was picked out of all the possible choices in the country:
What is amazing is the Republican Party that picked him. They had 330 million people to choose from, and they’ve decided that he is the best one to be the standard-bearer of one of the two major parties of the greatest nation on Earth. Like, talk to me, Republican voters! What’s the worst-case scenario for America if he wins? It can be pretty bad. You don’t have to go back far in history to get to almost apocalyptic scenarios.”
We have no idea what Republicans were thinking either, Maddow. But I think it’s fairly obvious that after eight years of President Obama, right wing voters have lost their damn minds. And after eight years of non-stop griping about every breath President Obama takes, this is who they want as president!?
Andy Green then asks Maddow if she’s feeling like we’re living through the first few chapters in a dystopian novel lately. Maddow suggests certain inferences can be made between out current culture and pre-WWII German history, saying:
Over the past year I’ve been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor. I am gravitating toward moments in history for subliminal reference in terms of cultures that have unexpectedly veered into dark places, because I think that’s possibly where we are.”
In the video below, last year Rachel Maddow reported on the many criticisms Trump was receiving for being “fascist” so it’s apt that she would be studying pre-WWII history.
It’s an uneasy feeling many on the left, and even some on the right, have. The Republican party is experiencing a schism not seen since Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) ran for president. And rather than listen to concerns from his own party, Trump threatens and bullies his colleagues into submission and forges on.
And many on the left are drawing lines from Trump’s extreme campaign stances to that of the early days of Adolf Hitler’s leadership. Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the country, his plans for mass deportation and a 4-state long wall, his racist dog whistling, careless embracing of gun ownership, his openly advocating for war crimes against terrorists’ families, and limiting the press, all make it impossible not to draw out similarities.
And while comparing anyone we don’t like or agree with to the mass murdering German dictator is one of the most played out juxtapositions of modern day society, it’s hard to ignore that the current climate is ripe for our culture to veer into a dark place like Germany did in the 1930’s.
But unlike the German people, we actually have a choice in which direction our future goes, so vote!
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