According to Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake, Donald Trump’s “America First” policy is reminiscent of the “Nazi era.”
“This slogan is most associated with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who spent a great deal of time in the late 1930s gushing at how wonderful the Third Reich was,” writes the journalist.
Trump’s vow to “always put the interests of the American people first” is akin to “American neutrality towards the Nazis,” according to Lake.
This is just the latest example of the media’s lazy, reductive propaganda that relies heavily on smear and the logical fallacy of false equivalence.
Trump is popular. Hitler was popular. Therefore Trump = Hitler.
Trump promises to look out for America’s best interests. Hitler promised to look out for Germany’s best interests. Therefore Trump = Hitler.
Of course, the same could be said for innumerable presumptive political leaders throughout history, the vast majority of whom never turned into Hitler.
“Lake’s position is interesting considering a brief look at his recent columns shows he’s an “Israel Firster,” notes Chris Menahan.
“Lake’s hit piece is more evidence Trump is actually looking out for America, despite such an idea being “largely banished from respectable discourse,” it’s finally making a comeback and has the rats scurrying.”
The Bloomberg columnist was by no means the only prominent figure to suggest that Trump having the temerity to put his own country’s interests first was a historically regressive policy.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was unhappy that Trump appears to be thumbing his nose at the globalist ideal of the planet being controlled by a multinational world order.
“The world’s security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone. It cannot be conducted unilaterally,” he said.
With Germans up in arms about the millions of Muslim migrants flooding their country, Steinmeier should probably stop criticizing Trump and pressure Chancellor Angela Merkel to take his advice and put her people first.
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