New York Times Makes Discovery of the Century: 'Trump Isn't Hitler'
The New York Times' Charles Blow finally admitted that President Donald Trump is not "literally Hitler," but he insisted that Trump lies just like Hitler did.
"There are strategies that Hitler used to secure power and rise — things that allowed his murderous reign — that can teach us about political theory and practice. And very reasonable and sage comparisons can be drawn between Hitler's strategies and those of others," Blow argued. "One of those lessons is about how purposeful lying can be effectively used as propaganda. The forthcoming comparison isn't to Hitler the murderer, but to Hitler the liar."
Conservatives should not be too quick to reject this argument. Blow noted the president's absurd lie that "President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls" to console families of fallen soldiers. When called out on his horrid mendacity, the president said, "That's what I was told."
Blow noted that Trump has a style of deflection. He uses caveats like "I was told" and "Lots of people are saying" as shields when caught in a lie.
"Trump frequently couches his most controversial comments this way, which allows him to share a controversial idea, piece of tabloid gossip or conspiracy theory without technically embracing it," The Washington Post's Jenna Johnson wrote.
"If the comment turns out to be popular, Trump will often drop the distancing qualifier — 'people think' or 'some say.' If the opposite happens, Trump can claim that he never said the thing he is accused of saying, equating it to retweeting someone else's thoughts on Twitter."
Conservatives should not allow their partisanship to blind them to this strategy. Blow and Johnson are right to note that Trump lies, and purposefully lies stupendously (saying Ted Cruz's father was in league with the John F. Kennedy assassin, for instance, or that the crowd at his inauguration was the largest ever).
Blow is not even entirely wrong to say that Trump is using a Hitler-like strategy in doing so, and he deserves to be called out on it.
But there is a huge gaping hole in this New York Times article, and it needs to be seriously addressed. This kind of mendacity is by no means unique to Donald Trump.
Many in the media have repeated the blatant falsehood that Barack Obama's presidency was scandal free. When Obama himself denied any wiretapping of Donald Trump or members of his campaign (a claim now known to be false), he used an Orwellian twisting to claim innocence.
Similar massive lies have become mainstream background knowledge for the liberal press. Unscientific assertions about climate change being "100 percent" manmade, claims that one in five women will be sexually assaulted on college campuses, and of course the gender pay gap are often uncritically accepted, despite being just as false as Trump's claims.