Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared to take a page from the White House playbook when he likened GOP front-runner and former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini over his use of the term “vermin” to describe his political enemies ahead of the presidential election. Presidential elections 2024.
The Democrat, one of the country’s most prominent Jewish governors, told MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki” that Trump’s comment is “just one in a long line of remarks, words that Donald Trump has used that unfortunately remind us of the past.” To be clear, in Germany, in the 1930s, it was people who didn’t want to have power, people who wanted to be separated and isolated. “They started calling them immigrants, even people who had been in Germany for generations.”
“Jews who were doctors and lawyers in the government at that time became known as immigrants, even though they were German. And that’s a way to start separating people, and then eventually, at least what happened in Germany, is they turned it around,” Pritzker said. In a way that almost dehumanizes them. Then they actually dehumanized people and killed them.” “I don’t know where things are going with Donald Trump. What I can say is that the things he talks about are frightening to those of us who know the history of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. “And I’m deeply concerned about that.” His penchant for revenge.
During a speech in Claremont, New Hampshire, before Veterans Day last week, Trump pledged: “We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, the Marxists, the fascists, the far-left bandits who live like vermin within the borders of our country.” “Those who lie, steal, and cheat in elections.”
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“They will do anything, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America and destroy the American dream,” Trump said. “The threat from outside powers is much less sinister, dangerous and dangerous than the threat from within. Our threat is from within. Because if you have a capable, competent, smart and strong leader, like Russia, China and North Korea, they won’t want to play with us.”
Trump, who was recently endorsed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the US-Mexico border, has repeatedly warned that President Biden is leading the world to the brink of World War III.
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The Washington Post condemned the use of the term “insects,” saying historians have sounded the alarm over concerns that it reflects authoritarianism.
The White House also condemned Trump’s comments last week.
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“Using words like ‘vermin’ to describe anyone who abuses their fundamental right to criticize the government echoes dictators like Hitler and Mussolini,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates told reporters, citing the newspaper’s coverage. “Using terms like these about dissent would be incomprehensible to our Founders, but terrifyingly recognizable to America’s veterans who wore their country’s uniform in the 1940s. President Biden believes in his oath to our Constitution, and in American democracy. He is working to protect both. every day.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the Trump campaign for comment on Monday, but they did not immediately respond.