Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook

“The term ‘Reichstag fire’ has come to refer to false flag actions perpetrated or facilitated by an authority to promote their own interests through popular approval of retribution or retraction of civil rights.”  —Wikipedia

“Joseph Goebbels would undoubtedly thrive in Trump’s world.” –IndieDems

I said practically from day one of Donald Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid that his rise to power was a mirror image of Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. The lies, the demagoguery, the narcissism, the empty threats and posturing, the bullying, the racism, the incitement to violence–all were right out of the Nazi playbook.

And two years in which Trump’s unending display of lies and demagoguery causes the Republican base and Republican leaders to swoon ever more over this vulgar bully shows that my only mistake was underestimating the extent to which Republicans would eagerly rally behind a neo-Nazi demagogue.

I mean, not even I would have predicted Trump’s praise for neo-fascists in a Nazi-inspired torch-light parade marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” as the shining proof of Trump as the incarnation of Adolph Hitler—or the members of the Republican Party accepting Trump’s moral depravity as their new norm for acceptable behavior.

I am not talking about the madman Hitler in his bunker as the trains shuttled millions to their murder. I’m talking about the Hitler who began his rise to power in the mid-1920s and was LEGALLY appointed Chancellor in 1932.

  • The Hitler who, four years later, had his image burnished by having Berlin as the site of the Olympics and who presided over the ceremonies as just another normal world leader.
  • The Hitler who was honored by having Charles Lindberg travel to Berlin to proudly receive Hitler’s medal for his praise of the Nazis’ great achievements for Germany.

Sound familiar? Think of David Perdue, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham bending over to kiss Trump’s behind, every day.

By now, a cacophony of prominent voices have joined those of us who warned about Trump as Hitler. Here are a selective few; do a Google search to view many more:

And now, Trump’s use of lies to declare a National Emergency is right out of Hitler’s playbook of using the Reichstag fire as a phony issue to rally his base and burnish his credentials as his country’s savior.

An arsonist or arsonists set fire to the Reichstag, the home of Germany’s parliament, on February 27, 1933, just four weeks after Hitler became Chancellor. A known Communist, Marinus van der Lubbe, was quickly arrested and charged with setting the fire, followed later by the arrest of three other Communists. At their trial, only van der Lubbe was found guilty, but historians to this day disagree as to whether he acted alone.

The Reichstag fire played a pivotal role in consolidating Hitler’s still shaky hold on the levers of power. Regardless of ultimate truth, Hitler exploited the fire as a pretext to depict his enemies as traitors and to severely limit Germans’ civil rights. Wikipedia:

“The day after the fire, at Hitler’s request, President Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree into law…the Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, the secrecy of the post and telephone. These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause.”

“The term Reichstag fire has come to refer to false flag actions perpetrated or facilitated by an authority to promote their own interests through popular approval of retribution or retraction of civil rights.”

Need I say more?

–Tom Barksdale
February 20, 2019

2 thoughts on “Trump’s National Emergency: Right Out of Hitler’s Reichstag Fire Playbook

  1. Daryl Fischer February 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm -

    The parallel is indeed frightening. Hopefully our institutions will hold. It is alarming to see and hear threats of a civil war if Trump is impeached. I suspect this is part of the Russian effort to spread discord amoung us. Thanks to the FBI and the free press for protecting us.

  2. Harriette February 23, 2019 at 8:44 am -

    This well-written and documented analysis should send chills down the spines of all Americans. I agree with Madeleine Albright about this new kind of fascism. We see the increase of antisemitic actions in France and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the U.S. I encourage readers to check out all of the articles highlighted in this piece. I will certainly share this with others.

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