Day 369


#21

An Italian friend of mine says similarly.


(Lynn) #22

What does it matter? Either way, he’s despicable and dangerous, & must be removed & indicted A.S.A.P.

I too see the similarity to Hitler, hence I enjoy calling him twittler…and while he’s not overtly an idealogue, his behavior tells another story. It’s just that he puts up a huge phony persona and I don’t think it much matters what’s behind that anymore. One doesn’t preclude the other, does it?


#23

Facts, context and nuance MATTER. Making statements comparing Trump to Hilter is hyperbole. Fear mongering doesn’t help anything or anyone. Nor does it provide us with an accurate overview of where the danger of the Trump presidency really lies. We can only fight a good fight if we understand and challenge the real issues. Otherwise we are no better than the ideals we oppose.


(Lynn) #24

I compare trump to Hitler because of the way both stirred up hate for specific groups, based on race or religion. And as we watch the GOP turn into a more cohesive party in support of trump’s agenda no matter what it does to the security of our country or to the rule of law, it gets easier by the day to picture them goose-stepping behind him in Congress…sorry, but I think we have every reason to be :open_mouth: about what we’re seeing, and I’m seeing some pretty well-known faces expressing their own fear on the airwaves. I also think such authoritarians may all have their own skill-set & “style” but to me, they all have more in common than not. One more thing: comparing trump to Berlusconi might work for some, but Hitler is far more well-known when making a point.


#25

What Pet said. Fascism and corruption take many forms, and it’s important to recognize the brand we’re dealing with, and how to combat it.

Plus, the main point here is that Trump wishes he had the charisma and focus Hitler had. The ones he’s more comparable to are the ones who bungled their way into authoritarianism.


#26

Would somebody please tell Hinckley that Trump is banging Jodi Foster


(Lynn) #27

While trump may be bungling, I don’t think you can say the same about Putin, & we must not forget that our president is Putin’s puppet.


(Amy Ginsburg) #28

I shouldn’t be laughing at that because it’s so inappropriate, but I just spit my drink out.


#29

Putin picked Trump as his inside man, that’s a pretty big bungle. Lol. He couldn’t have picked a louder or less intelligent candidate to back. Just look at how much information that’s available to the public and thats only a fraction of what our intel community knows. Trump will go down like Nixon and Bill Clinton, it’s just a matter of time.


(Lynn) #30

Soon though, I hope…I want his tiny nasty hands off our country, because he continues to erode so many good policies that protect our health, education, environment & rule of law. I am so NOT amused at his choice of “all the best people”, all of whom are just as self-serving as trump, nor at the way his incontinent misinformation sows division among our diverse population.


#31

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I am so NOT amused at his choice of “all the best people”, all of whom are just as self-serving as trump, nor at the way his incontinent misinformation sows division among our diverse population.
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That is one of the real dangers of this administration right there. His staff and appointees are the worst people imaginable and will cause real and lasting harm to our institutions. This one and the threat of nuclear war are my top two dangers to watch.


(Ashley ) #32

I think a good reference point here is Julia Ioffee’s piece in The Atlantic “What Putin Really Wants”, where she explains how Putin likely isn’t the mastermind he is made out to be.

A good tl;dr is her interview with Trevor Noah, where is talks about her theory of “Russia as a teenage boy” theory.


#33

Sweet, thanks! I find the subject of the real dangers and long-term effects of the Trump Era endless fascinating. :nerd_face:

I started thinking about it more since I’ve been reading the book How Democracies Die and they talk about the erosion norms as being a sign of real danger. They found specifically Trumps a lack of forbearance and attacks the media the authors found to be troubling. Really insightful book, I haven’t finished it yet but so far, I recommend it.

Here’s the interview that turned me on to this book. :point_down: