Godwin’s law be damned. The Washington Post which has long served as the national media’s central anti-Trump propaganda outlet is in a tizzy again. Saturday night’s big South Carolina primary win shows that despite months of whistling past the graveyard that Donald Trump isn’t going to implode nor is he going away anytime soon. Picking through the mournful pieces on the demise of the Bush dynasty there is yet another screed comparing the Donald to Der Führer. This time it’s served up piping hot by some elitist Harvard snob named Danielle Allen who relies more on name dropping Hannah Arendt who wrote “The Origins of Totalitarianism” and “Eichmann in Jerusalem” than on any serious historical analogies.
Allen’s call to action is entitled “The moment of truth: We must stop Trump”:
Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.
To understand the rise of Hitler and the spread of Nazism, I have generally relied on the German-Jewish émigré philosopher Hannah Arendt and her arguments about the banality of evil. Somehow people can understand themselves as “just doing their job,” yet act as cogs in the wheel of a murderous machine. Arendt also offered a second answer in a small but powerful book called “Men in Dark Times.” In this book, she described all those who thought that Hitler’s rise was a terrible thing but chose “internal exile,” or staying invisible and out of the way as their strategy for coping with the situation. They knew evil was evil, but they too facilitated it, by departing from the battlefield out of a sense of hopelessness.
One spots the second experience in any number of water-cooler conversations or dinner-party dialogues. “Yes, yes, it is terrible. Can you believe it? Have you seen anything like it? Has America come to this?” “Agreed, agreed.” But when someone asks what is to be done, silence falls. Very many of us, too many of us, are starting to contemplate accepting internal exile. Or we joke about moving to Canada more seriously than usually.
But over the course of the past few months, I’ve learned something else that goes beyond Arendt’s ideas about the banality of evil and feelings of impotence in the face of danger.
Trump is rising by taking advantage of a divided country. The truth is that the vast majority of voting Americans think that Trump is unacceptable as a presidential candidate, but we are split by strong partisan ideologies and cannot coordinate a solution to stop him. Similarly, a significant part of voting Republicans think that Trump is unacceptable, but they too, thus far, have been unable to coordinate a solution. Trump is exploiting the fact that we cannot unite across our ideological divides.
The only way to stop him, then, is to achieve just that kind of coordination across party lines and across divisions within parties. We have reached that moment of truth.
Republicans, you cannot count on the Democrats to stop Trump. I believe that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, and I intend to vote for her, but it is also the case that she is a candidate with significant weaknesses, as your party knows quite well. The result of a head-to-head contest between Clinton and Trump would be unpredictable. Trump has to be blocked in your primary.
This exercise in mental masturbation and a lack lf journalistic integrity can be read in it’s entirety here if you have a strong stomach.
The interesting thing about Ms. Allen’s diatribe is that it is the opening salvo of what will be a bipartisan effort to halt Trump and the writer clearly identifies herself as a supporter of Queen Hillary. It’s really not so much the Republicans who she is speaking to, the GOP establishment is too busy fantasizing about it’s diverse Marco Rubio-Nikki Haley ticket that will likely be birthed out of a brokered rigged convention this summer. The real fear hangs heavy in the air of the Clinton command bunker because she knows damned well that given the distrust and unpopularity that swirls about her that Trump would clean her clock in the general election.
This won’t be the last Hitler comparison either, despite the man having been dead for over seventy years now he still remains the perfect bogeyman – that is other than Trump himself.