I really thought we were past the “Orange Hitler and his Nazi Army” delusion.
In the immediate aftermath of the election, we saw the tidal wave of outrage assuring us that we’d just elected the next Hitler and that the gas chambers were being warmed up for use any second now. Fast forward a few months into 2017 and things are generally moving forward in a decidedly non-Nazi manner. GDP is up, and markets are roaring, ISIS is being obliterated, among other objectively positive things. The Nazi pejoratives had dissipated to a significant degree, and only the nuttiest of the left were still acting as if we were living under the Third Reich, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Then Charlottesville happened. 50 rednecks came out of their mom’s basements and tried to act as if they were some sort of united front of white supremacy. They ran around with tiki torches, chanting racial and anti-semitic phrases, started fights, and eventually killed Heather Heyer and injured several more. As a result of these few losers, whose views represent an infinitesimal percentage of Americans, the Nazi narrative came roaring back. In the immediate wake of Charlottesville, everyone on the right was designated a Nazi, myself included. The temperature escalated in the aftermath when one of the biggest hoaxes in American history went off right before our eyes, and half the country fell for it; lock, stock, and barrel.
That hoax was that the President of the United States called white supremacists “very fine people,” and sided with them on national television. First, to believe that is what happened, you have to believe that he came out in favor of the group that hates his Jewish son in law, daughter, and grandchildren, which is absurd on its face. Second, if you read the transcript, it is entirely evident he was not referring to the white supremacists, but a separate group in a different location that was protesting statue removal, and immediately condemned the supremacists directly after. However, none of that matters. The narrative that followed, perpetuated by the media, was that the President sided with White Supremacists on national television. This absurd hoax, coupled with the power of confirmation bias, brought the Nazi narrative roaring back. For a month or so, if you were right of Stalin, you might as well have been an officer of the SS.
Over the course of the next few months, the hysteria drifted away once more, as more non-Hitleresque things continued to take place. North Korea, Tax cuts, Tariffs, and other generally positive things that just looked like regular political occurrences. No gas chambers started, no political assassinations took place, and the press was just as free to incessantly promote fake news about the President and the country. The President’s approvals are as high as they’ve ever been, and the “right-track, wrong-track” polls all show that we are heading in the right direction. We managed to go quite some time without more Nazi flashbacks, and I thought we might have moved on. Unfortunately, this past week, we plummeted back into Nazi-Land once more, as we found out that were we running what the left refers to as “child concentration camps.” No one supports family separation, and the administration moved quickly to fix the problem. Of course, this didn’t stop the left from going back to the Nazi well once more, with dozens of celebrities and news anchors echoing the thoughts of people like Soledad O’Brien who stated: “Welp, we don’t have to wonder what it’s like to live in Nazi Germany any longer.” Despite pictures being faked and the practice being started in the Obama era, no one on the left cared; this was just further evidence of the fascist takeover of America.
I have a few theories as to why the left can jump into Hitler mode so easily:
First, most of them don’t actually know any Trump supporters in real life, so it’s easy for them to buy into the “Invisible Nazi Army” characterization from the media and celebrities. Trump supporters do hide, as I did at my place of business during the campaign. The left was so violent, you couldn’t outwardly support Trump unless you liked the idea of getting in fights and having your property vandalized. As a result, I’d wager very few left-wingers know a single Trump supporter in real life, so it is easy to project a dehumanized, faceless Nazi armada onto them. Given how hard left Hollywood is, I would wager my house that these crazy celebrities and media personalities do not know one single Trump supporter personally. I know and have interacted with hundreds of Trump supporters, and I see nothing like the supremacist army they are made out to be. Think of this: the most virulent of left wingers are on liberal college campuses, in Hollywood, and in media, all areas where there are near zero Trump supporters.
Second, the other reason it’s so easy to buy into the Nazification of the United States is the sheer amount of hate crimes you see every day. Almost every day, there is some viral photo or video of a swastika or racial slur painted somewhere with thousands of retweets. When leftists continuously see these things, they take it as evidence that they were right: fascism has taken hold in America. There’s only one problem: the vast majority are fake. One visit to fakehatecrimes.org shows you that these things are faked by the hundreds. The problem is, the initial story is the only one that matters to set the impression of overt racism being alive and well. Despite nearly every tale being debunked a week later, it doesn’t matter as the damage is now done. Leftists know this, which is why they constantly perpetuate hoaxes; it is in their interest to make everyone think that the nation has gotten appreciably more racist. There are real hate crimes, and they should be taken seriously, but the left has devalued them to such an extent with hoaxes that it’s hard to believe any of them are real.
Third, they NEED it to be true. Still searching for an explanation for a loss that should have been money in the bank, they have to be proved right. Imagine being wrong constantly for over a year about everything:
Wrong about Russian collusion.
Wrong about the economy crashing.
Wrong about jobs coming back.
Wrong about nuclear war with North Korea.
Wrong about trade wars.
If you were wrong that often, the slightest hint of being right about something would taste like the nectar of the gods. To the left, being right about Orange Hitler coming to power would be the most transcendently delicious meal that would make all the suffering of the last two years WORTH IT. They want Trump to be proto-Hitler so they can be proven right all along, and they will do whatever gold medal mental gymnastics are necessary to make it true. To them, this policy at the border is proof positive that they had it right all along, despite it occurring pre-Trump. In a few weeks, the Nazi hysteria will fade again, only to be resurrected again when convenient.
In the meantime, be safe, you never know which gas station attendant might be a secret member of the Gestapo.
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