> It fits into a broader narrative in which Trump represents the second coming of Hitler, and everyone who does not unconditionally reject him is a neo-nazi.
A narative that is absolutely and objectively true on every single metric. Though, just like with the first coming of Hitler, most of the NAZIs don't yet know they are NAZIs.
Here is the list of things Trump and Hitler do NOT have in common:
1) Trump has no mustashe
2) The Drumpf family is German, The Hitler family was from Austria (it no longer exists, all the Hitlers in Germany and Austria changed their names after the war).
3) Hitler could paint.
That is it. Every other thing is EXACTLY the same. Hell this very topic is about the creation of a registry to track people of a particular faith: one of the very first Nuremberg laws.
If you think that there is any way that Trump is NOT EXACTLY like Hitler and his election is not a prime example of how a formerly free nation succumbs to fascism - then you are quite ignorant about at least one of these three things.
I can't list all the things Trump and Hitler have in common in a slashdot post- I don't have the several hours it would take to type it all out. But I've provided a complete list of the things they don't have in common, a valuable reference on what fascism actually is (and Trump meets all the requirements) and a nice article that does list the most critical similarities, including in the behaviour of both the right and leftwing right now. The GOP behaviour right now mirrors EXACTLY the behaviour of the German conservative party after Hitler's strong election showing, the behavior of the democrats mirror the behaviour of the German socialist party to the letter. And the journalists and the people - they too are saying and doing exactly what they did.
But don't take MY word for it. The countries that have the most experience of fascism, that know exactly what it looks like when it begins - Spain, Germany and Italy have roundly and universally been warning you - we know this man, we know those speeches, they are the same ones, we know where they lead - do not fall for it.
America didn't listen... America has doomed itself to repeat the same pattern. For 8 years the right have lived in a panicked fear that Obama would declare Martial Law as a precept to becoming a Tyrant... quite a weird little fantasy to have about a politician who has governed on a centrist platform of non-controversial policies - and of whom the worst you can say is that he refused to do any radical things at all, yet you just voted in the first ever American president of whom it must be said that doing so would not only be believable but EXTREMELY likely.
Indeed, only a complete ignoramus at this point doubts that this was his plan all along.
One things that history has taught us is - when the politician says he'll do something terrible, ALWAYS believe him. Even a politician who lies about everything NEVER lies when he promises to be evil. Those are the promises they always keep and exceed. Do not trust your institutions to keep him in check.
There is only one, tiny, sliver of hope. The people marching against him in the street. The people protesting his ideas before he is even sworn in. Nobody did that in Germany when Hitler took office. That's new. That's different. It might change the outcome - but that is a hope, not a guarantee, and the best thing you can do to increase that hope is to get out there and join them. Those people have paid attention.
Isn't it interesting that comparing Trump to Hitler, and his movement to the NAZIs does not even violate Godwin's law ? Andrew Godwin himself has stated that it's an apt comparison. Simply put -the REASON we have Godwin's law - is so that when the time came to call Trump the next Hitler - people would realize how bad that is. It was there to prevent diminishing the horror of Hitler by comparing him to anybody before Trump. We need Godwin's law exactly so that it can NOT apply to Trump.