I have just finished reading Volker Ullrich’s recent biography of Hitler and came away with the impression that any comparison between the Fuehrer and Donald Trump is faulty because:
1. Though Hitler, like Trump, was a megalomaniacal narcissist, he sought adoration and acclaim in order to gain power, whereas Trump sought power in order to gain adoration and acclaim.
2. In his speeches before the Reichstag, Hitler did not constantly refer to the size of his election victory and Nuremberg rally crowds.
3. Asked about the rise in anti-Semitism throughout the country, Hitler did not reply that his son-in-law was Jewish and some of his best friends were Jews.
Sound bite to remember
“I don’t carry a pistol. It would slow me down if I wanted to run.”
— Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long (circa 1957)