It’s frightens me how well Donald Trump uses the technique of the Big Lie to sow division and discord among us. Because I’m old enough to remember well who invented the Big Lie and how he used it to kill millions and to tear a continent apart.
Adolph Hitler, was the chief theorist of the Big Lie. Listen to him as he explains it;
“… in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods”…
People noticed what he was doing of course. Someone wrote this during WWII, “His primary rules were;
Never allow the public to cool off
Never admit a fault or wrong
Never concede that there may be some good in your enemy
Never leave room for alternatives
Never accept blame
Concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong
The writers concluded; people will believe a Big Lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it”.
OK, so what? Just because there are similarities of approach it doesn’t mean Trump is actually working from the Hitler playbook. Before we could say that we would need some proof, some kind of direct connection. Lucky for us there is one. An internet search reveals evidence in the public record that Donald Trump was aware of Hitler’s techniques as far back as 1990. And before you start calling fake news, these are old stories written before Trump ran for president, back when he says “The press liked me”. Back then his wife Ivana reported that Trump kept Hitler’s speeches in a cabinet by his bedside and also about the same time Donald told a reporter he had a copy of Mein Kampf (but of course he didn’t inhale).
I admit to being an old cynic when watching politicians. As a lifelong Chicago Democrat it’s hard to ignore the performance aspects of the profession. But watching Donald Trump divide and damage our country using the techniques of Adolf Hitler, most evil public liar of the twentieth century, one thing becomes clear. If you have read this far then you have to understand the stakes. To support Trump for any reason is to have aligned yourself with a moral monster, a hater with no conscience and infinite capacity to inflict pain on America. Regardless of your desires or concerns it is time to renounce Donald Trump and find someone else who represents your beliefs to carry on the struggle. History is not on your side. Make up your mind how you will be remembered.