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Friday, October 2, 2015

Donald Trump. Adolf Hitler. Similar Style of Political Speech.

“The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.” - Adolf Hitler


Unlike all the other candidates for President of the United States of America, the style of political speech used by Donald Trump of preying on prejudice, fear, and hatred is no different than the style of political speech used by Adolf Hitler. 

As I have listened to the speeches made by Donald Trump in his power-crazed quest for the Presidency of the United States of America, I have observed that he uses speech that preys on emotions, prejudice, fear, and hatred on a regular, consistent, and constant basis. That style of speech making is very similar to the style of speech used by Adolf Hitler in his power-crazed quest to control Germany, then Europe, and eventually the world. Fortunately, Hitler was stopped, but not before he gained control of Germany along with much of Europe, and not before the Hitler-inspired senseless slaughter of millions of people.
"In today’s society people often express disbelief that somebody like Hitler could gain and maintain the support of a nation. It is a credit to his skills of rhetoric that he was able to maintain an image of such righteousness in the midst of such atrocities .....
It is interesting in analysis to discover that appeals to pathos and ethos can override much of the need for logical argument in a persuasive situation. Surely this and other speeches combined with the actions of the Reich prove that emotion and trust can motivate just as effectively (or more) than logic alone. It should come as no surprise, then, when modern politicians attempt to use these appeals rather than explain clearly and logically what they have done or will do. It should also come as no surprise that, after having witnessed what can happen when this technique is used, the American people in the majority are mistrusting of politicians."
ref: Greg, A Political Speech Analysis.Six Mile Village, October 20, 2006.
"The personality cult around Hitler was of epic proportions. Germans, generally depressed about post-WWI conditions, looked to Hitler for guidance out of their dismal circumstances. Hitler's rhetoric and symbolic representations furthered this notion of Hitler as a savior. However, these are not the only factors that contributed to the personality cult around Hitler. Further research could include the role of the media and propaganda in fueling the personality cult, as well as other influences. A comprehensive understanding of the personality cult around Hitler could supplement the debate over how seemingly ordinary Germans participated in the implementation of the Final Solution. This theory helps to show how ordinary people became emotionally attached to a charismatic leader like Hitler and, because of this attachment, were willing to embrace his ideas and carry out his plans."
ref: Sitemaker, Fascist Personality Cult, Adolf Hitler, University of Michigan.

Donald Trump wants to make America great (strong) again. He advocates the central idea of strengthening American citizenship by excluding and controlling Mexican people and others deemed non-American. That sounds familiar, somehow. Oh, yes, it was Adolf Hitler who advocated:
"the central idea of strengthening German citizenship by excluding and controlling Jewish people and others deemed non-German. ... how did that help lead to Hitler’s ultimate rise to Nazi power? .. His record of speech-making was what brought the audience to that hall in Munich in 1920. And, as Stefan Kanfer explained in TIME’s 1989 examination of the origins of World War II, Hitler’s power was closely linked to his abilities as an orator"
ref: Rothman, Lily, How a Speech Helped Hitler Take Power, Time, February 24, 2015.

Gee, I wonder how The Donald ever gained the insight of speechmaking. Could it be that his ex-wife was being truthful in an allegation she made? Well, take a look by opening the embedded link and read the following article: Macias, Amanda, 
Donald Trump's ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler's speeches by his bed, Business Insider, August 28, 2015.
"When he lets rip on Mexican immigrants, global warming or hits back personally at the very people trying to interview him (e.g. accusing Fox’s Megyn Kelly of being on her period), unlike 99% of politicians in the same situation he never issues an apology. ... He doesn’t temper his remarks. ...
He doesn’t backtrack. ... And he doesn’t apologise. Ever."
ref: Raynsford, Jody, TRUMP: THE ART OF DIVISION AND PERSUASION, Copy Chief. September 9, 2015.

1 comment:

CWMartin said...

I'll surprise you and say I thought along these same lines before. Not so much about whether what Trump says is very similar to Hitler, but let's face it- people gotta put him in, and that the USA is ready to listen on the scale they have to someone using that manner certainly begs comparisons to the Germany of the thirties.