In the weeks leading up the midterm election, pundits and commentators on the left have demanded toning down heated political rhetoric. Some have even inferred that such rhetoric has caused several recent heavily publicized acts of violence. Despite these pleas, many on the left appear to be doing the opposite, and instead are amping up their own rhetoric.
Words like “Nazi,” “evil,” “racism,” “authoritarianism,” and “cult” are thrown around to describe the president and his supporters. Casual comparisons to Nazi Germany and to radicalized terrorists are made on cable television.
On CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper” Monday afternoon, GQ Writer Julia Ioffe compared Trump’s rhetoric and “winks and nods” to the work of ISIS.
“And this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did. I mean, the way he talks, the way he — the way he –” Ioffe said.
“Evil lurks in the hearts of men, and what Trump has tapped into is evil,” Howard Dean said on MSNBC.
“We’re going to see if this reign lasts for thirty days, or two years, or a thousand-year Reich,” said Elie Mystal, editor of the legal website Above the Law. Mystal compared Republicans’ confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Nazi Third Reich that ruled Germany in the 1930s and during World War II.
H/t to Grabien.