It’s interesting how Donald Trump calls for the registering and/or deportation of Muslims and Mexicans, the torture and killing of civilians whose family members are suspected of terrorism, more violence against protestors at his rallies and refuses to disavow white supremacist groups supporting him and people are quick to be apologists and say “He’s not Hitler!” while Bernie Sanders calls for universal health care, free higher education, and increased regulation of the financial sector and people seem to immediately jump to “He’s just like Stalin!”
Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. • 2016 Mar 9 • Garry Kasparov • The Daily Beast
To his credit, Kasparov eventually admits that Sanders probably doesn’t want to create a totalitarian state.
Hitler vs. Stalin: Who Was Worse? • 2011 Jan 27 • Timothy Snyder • The New York Review of Books
It’s true that Donald Trump and his supporters (probably) haven’t killed anyone (yet) but neither had Hitler and the Nazis during the last days of the Weimar Republic. Are we really supposed to wait until they start doing so to make Hitler comparisons?