By now, you have probably heard about Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet comparing a bowl of Skittles to Syrian refugees. As The Intercept has pointed out, this kind of rhetoric has deep roots in anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda. The Intercept writes:
The concept dates back at least to 1938 and a children’s book called Der Giftpilz, or The Toadstool, in which a mother explains to her son that it only take one Jew to destroy an entire people.
The book’s author, Julius Streicher, also published a newspaper that Adolt Hitler loved to read, Der Sturmer. The newspaper published anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-communist, and anti-capitalist propaganda. In 1933, soon after Hitler took power, Streicher used his newspaper to call for the extermination of the Jews.
Streicher was later hanged at the Nuremburg Trials in 1946 for crimes against humanity. The court referred to him as “Jew-Baiter Number One.”
Here are actual passages from The Toadstool (courtesy of The Intercept). The connection between anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda and Islamophobic Trump propaganda is real. Eerily real.
This is not the first time that Trump’s campaign has drawn inspiration from Hitler and Nazism. An article I wrote in December 2015 compared how Trump and the Führer rose to power by using similar political rhetoric against minorities.
It is eye-opening to think that the next president of the United States of America uses the same bag of tricks as someone who called themselves a Nazi.