As a WWII history nerd, I found myself unable to watch the news and the latest happenings of the 2016 Presidential election in the US without involuntarily drawing some parallels to some of humanity’s worst moments in history and then it hit me! The connection is Trump.
I know I’m not blowing anybody’s mind by saying this guy is dangerous, bigoted, mysogynistic and crass, but I discovered that he’s following a very unusual playbook as far as American politics is concerned.
Mr. Trump seems to be following (to a surprising degree of accuracy) the electoral playbook of one Adolfus Hitler. Don’t believe me? Take the Hitler-Trump challenege.
All you need to do, is find a text describing Hitler’s rise to power and the techniques he used, from any reputable source (there are so many) and then substitute the words Hitler by Trump and Germany by America. It’s easy and fun for the whole family…also a little terrifying.
Here’s a little example I did earlier today:
For Trump, the master speech maker, the long awaited opportunity to let loose his talents on the American people had arrived. He would find in this downtrodden people, an audience very willing to listen. In his speeches, Trump offered the American people what they needed most, encouragement. He gave them heaps of vague promises while avoiding the details. He used simple catchphrases, repeated over and over.
His campaign appearances were carefully staged events. Audiences were always kept waiting, deliberately letting the tension increase, only to be broken by solemn processions of Cheerleaders with spangled banners, blaring military music, and finally the appearance of Trump amid shouts of “Build the Wall!” The effect in a closed in hall with theatrical style lighting and decorations of flags was overwhelming and very catching.
Trump began each speech in low, hesitating tones, gradually raising the pitch and volume of his voice then exploding in a climax of frenzied indignation. He combined this with carefully rehearsed hand gestures for maximum effect. He skillfully played on the emotions of the audience bringing the level of excitement higher and higher until the people wound up a wide-eyed, screaming, frenzied mass that surrendered to his will and looked upon him with pseudo-religious adoration.
Trump offered something to everyone: work to the unemployed; prosperity to failed business people; profits to industry; expansion to the Army; social harmony and an end of class distinctions to idealistic young students; and restoration of American glory to those in despair. He promised to bring order amid chaos; a feeling of unity to all and the chance to belong. He would MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN; tear up the treaty of [Insert ANY trade or diplomatic treaty here]; stamp out corruption; keep down Marxism; and deal harshly with the [Insert ethnic group here other than white].