New York Times Trolls Trump With Hitler Book Review

The New York Times today published a review of a new biography on Adolf Hitler and the twitterverse is snickering over its many thinly-veiled allusions to Donald Trump. Here’s an excerpt:

Hitler was an effective orator and actor, Mr. Ullrich reminds readers, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences. Although he concealed his anti-Semitism beneath a “mask of moderation” when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus. Here, “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” Mr. Ullrich writes. He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order.

Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans. He often harked back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay.”

Hitler’s repertoire of topics, Mr. Ullrich notes, was limited, and reading his speeches in retrospect, “it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences” with “repeated mantralike phrases” consisting largely of “accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future.” But Hitler virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing in “Mein Kampf” that propaganda must appeal to the emotions — not the reasoning powers — of the crowd. Its “purely intellectual level,” Hitler said, “will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach.” Because the understanding of the masses “is feeble,” he went on, effective propaganda needed to be boiled down to a few slogans that should be “persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.”

  • PickyPecker
    • MarkG

      That is a great idea! We need to all go out for Tacos on Nov 8th!

      • David

        Or, take a taco with you to the oiling place.

        • MarkG

          My husband works at the polling place in our neighborhood..they’d probably love it if I brought them all tacos!

    • another_steve

      Will there be Tilapia Tacos?

      I’ve tried those boys, and mmm are they good.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a0c8398bc878bdee732e0769f1f659e607cfa3ee0fee1cd007df49ea55bf6062.jpg

      • Todd20036

        Nice. But did you try the tacos?

      • Bj Lincoln

        Those are some thick pieces of tilapia.

        • Gigi

          Looks like chicken.

      • Rambie

        Hard shells?! Those aren’t tacos. 😉

        • joeyj1220
          • tcinsf

            One of my favorite Mex/Spanish vulgarities.

          • Paula

            Chingaderas is the proper way to say stuff or items that you don’t know the name of.
            i.e. Get that chingadera so I can fix the car.

          • The_Wretched

            Oh, so it’s like ‘thingamobobber’.

          • Rambie

            Both are good if done right though.

        • bzrd

          Sorry to disagree, in the 50s we fried the tortillas crisp and filled them with yummy chorizo topped by cheddar, lettuce, tomato and avocado dripping goodness to the last bite

          • Rambie

            I was just joking. I usually prefer soft shell but other times nothing quite like a fresh taco with a good crispy shell.

    • kirtanloorii

      Say goodbye to my weight loss plans. But seeing Trump get the boot is a good enough reason to party.

      • Blake Mason

        Which daily publication won’t have the headline “You’re Fired!” the next day.

        • Nowhereman

          In three inch letters taking up most of the front page.

    • Joe in PA

      I’ll take Carlos.

      • Rambie

        Both are full of protein.

        • Paula

          TMI.

          • Rambie

            LMFAO

    • EweTaw

      That’s a great taco truck.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Love the writing on this truck.

    • Nowhereman

      Thanks! Your positive attitude and enthusiasm for tacos is inspiring and contagious. Everything is truly AWESOME!

    • Gigi

      “Or Carlos, depending on who’s available.” 😂

    • zhera

      May I have a hand-rolled Mexican Carlos with exotic Mayan spices?

  • Leo

    Good. It’s a necessary comparison.

  • another_steve

    There have been numerous “side-by-side’s” done, showing excerpts of Hitler rallies and Trump rallies on split-screen.

    Really really frightening.

  • bkmn
  • Rex

    The brainwashed Trump supporters will fail to see the comparison.
    They’ll insist it’s about Hillary.

    • Uncle Mark

      Didn’t the RWNJ spend the last 7 years comparing Obama to Hitler, when they weren’t calling himself weak & feckless leader? (They never seemed to make up their little minds which kind of leader he was…almost as if they didn’t realize that he couldn’t be both.)

  • Friday

    Of course Trump himself being a ‘low mental denominator,’ he decided to agree with this Hitler guy. 🙂

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Brilliant! The walking talking Circus Peanut is getting beat up bad this week and I’m loving every delicious moment.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Some people say that Adolph was the founder of NAMBLA and that is why Trump admires him so. I have heard this many, many times people.

    • Jeffg166

      I just read that above so it must be true.

    • Ernest Endevor

      That is new information that I have just read on the internets so it must be true!!!1!!

    • Goodboy

      Wow. You too. I’ve also heard this from some very, very smart people.

  • Michael Smith

    “How dare they compare him to Hitler” screamed Trump’s antisemitic nationalist supporters.

    • Blake Jordan

      Don’t they worship hitler…

    • Nowhereman

      …who wave the stars and bars, shave their heads and sport swastika tattoos…

  • Kelly Lape

    Ernst Röhm, like the GOP, thought he could control the monster, until the monster devoured him.

    • tcinsf

      Ernst Röhm? Seriously? He was as much of a monster. He was just devoured by Himmler.

      • Goodboy

        Yeah, but he sure knew how to put on some hot orgies. Well, till that one night ruined it all.

      • Kelly Lape

        As is the entire GOP – A monster that created a racist following devoured by a bigger monster that know how to use the masses.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Small tangent on the newspaper image: Although extremely pretty, Fraftur Font positively does my head in. It’s just hard as hell to read.
    Of course, this has nothing to do with Trump, who reads no newspapers in German or English. I’m not convinced he can read.

    • William

      If you want to fry your brain, try reading handwritten documents in Sütterlin Script.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3bb24fad180d596c07278e8b62437eea81d510888ddfa3eb2f6abf8bc366886b.gif

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        ….what the hell is that?……

        • William

          Old German handwriting. They taught it in schools, once upon a time.

          • The_Wretched

            I got something similar in the 1970’s in former British colony countries.

        • William
        • tcinsf

          why reading old family letters, particularly from the family that stayed in Germany, is comparable to stabbing my eyes with chopsticks.

      • Galvestonian

        I took two years ofGerman in High School and our instructor insisted that we learn German with a proper accent and to write in Alte Hoch German (like the script above). He was a ‘volunteer’ at one of the German prison camps during WWII and we all thought of him as a secret Nazi.

    • Stev84

      Good thing the Nazis abolished it in 1941 :p

  • shellback
    • Bj Lincoln

      Looks like Trump does have better teeth. That’s about the only thing I can find Trump is better than.

      • shellback

        Can you say “polymer caps”?

        • Bj Lincoln

          There but there were DDS and caps then too. Having ones leader with a rotten tooth right up front is kind of gross. But then I am an American and we obsess about straight white teeth.

          • bzrd

            bad teeth so the poor could feel he was one of them

          • Straight white teeth for (old) straight white men?

        • Goodboy

          I see I’m not the only one that was transfixed on his fake teeth. Looked more like a mouth guard.

        • William
  • dr morbius

    Trump is a dangerous creep, but equating him to Hitler is lazy dumbassery.

    • medaka

      Oh I thought I’d blocked you long ago. Thanks for the reminder.

      • Treant

        Sometimes their comments escape the asylum using Killfile. Disqus block works much better.

      • TrollopeReader

        You’re back! Yay !!

        • medaka

          Hi Trollope! I’m trying. Too many airplanes in the last coupla weeks. Just landed with great relief, back here where there are no guns and everyone thinks Trump is a supreme asswipe.

      • dr morbius

        anytime, toddler

    • William

      Not really.

    • Jeff Matchan

      Why? Replace “Jews” with “Muslims” and it’s a pretty perfect comparison.

      • BobSF_94117

        Not so much a replacement as a two-fer.

    • Brianna Amoré

      Let’s see, he walks like a duck, quack like a duck, smells like a duck, and you’re telling us that he’s actually a mongoose?

      Hmm. Methinks you need to brush up on your history.

      • dr morbius

        How many people has he killed so far?

        • Sk3ptic

          How many had Hitler killed during his ascendancy?

        • Brianna Amoré

          And how many people did Hitler kill in the early 1930’s? It wasn’t until later that the monster finally revealed himself. I know the signs of a fascist when I see one. You should learn too.

        • zhera

          Poe’s Law no longer applies when the person being compared to Hitler is ACTIVELY trying to emulate him.

    • EweTaw

      Heil weißer Bruder. Und jetzt gehen Sie den Öfen.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        That was bloody brilliant!

        • EweTaw

          Four years of high school German. Some times it comes in handy.

    • William
    • jmax

      I don’t believe the Times book review even mentions Trump. They leave it to the readers to make the connection.

    • coram nobis

      He’s more like Mussolini: bombastic, operatic, flashy.

      • IamM

        Though he have Adolf’s ‘sowing venomous rage’ thing going.

    • forcebear

      Compare Hair Furor with Herr Führer of 1933.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Your back !!

        • forcebear

          Good to see you too. 🙂

  • PickyPecker
    • EweTaw

      Of all the .gifs on the subject this one is the best.

  • PickyPecker
    • BobSF_94117

      Not that I’m particularly fond of the ‘stache, but I wonder how many more generations will have to pass to erase the stigma.

      • Chicago joe

        Ten.

  • Will be so over the heads of Trumpsters. And Trump.

    • shellback

      Trumpanzees don’t read books (or anything else).

      • OdieDenCO

        books are for burning

    • shellback
      • OdieDenCO

        is that the Russian spelling?

      • Sk3ptic

        Looks more like poorly spelled “turnip.”

      • Trmup would make a great president.

      • jmax

        Every time I think we are moving forward to a more civil society and progressing towards equality, I see young people like this and realize we have several more generations of work to do. It makes me sad to know it will not happen in my lifetime.

      • McSwagg

        It’s the Rmoney boys all grown up.

  • PickyPecker
    • Bad Tom

      That SNL episode had us belly laughing.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump: The failing New York Times. They do no write good! Pathetic!!

    • PickyPecker

      Don’t buy, boring!

  • Bj Lincoln

    HA Ha HA! Good for the Times! I just wonder how many will get it? Surely not the morons that need to read it.

    • AJ Drew

      ahem… it is spelled “morans.” /s

    • They don’t read the Times. They watch Fox.

  • PickyPecker
    • OdieDenCO

      winning the hearts and minds of America, one big gulp and threat at a time

    • Friday

      Man, standards for SA thugs have really slipped.

    • jmax

      My father taught me never to hit women, but if that cow punched me because I’m not “for Trump”, she would be using that straw to eat her meals for a while.

      • Galvestonian

        I’d kick her so hard in her hoo-hoo that her nickname forever more would be twat-face.

  • Ernest Endevor

    A must read.

  • coram nobis

    I suggest a read of William Shirer’s Berlin Diary, from the period, 1934-41, when he was covering Germany as a correspondent for US papers and for the CBS radio team headed by Edward R. Murror. It’s scary, esp. because in his telling, he doesn’t know how the story is going to end.

  • greenmanTN

    Read “In The Garden of Beasts,”I’m just saying. The intelligentsia of Germany thought it was a passing phase, but the common people were fully on board with Hitler’s nationalism and antisemitism, cheering parades while watching the Brown Shirts beat people for not saluting. By the time they stood up it was too late.

    • AJ Drew

      It’s sad I feel the need to say this before posting this, but I’m a gay, liberal, beyond left of any current Dem candidate, sigh. Ahem… back to replying to your comment…

      Yes. But Hitler wasn’t an idiot, he really wasn’t… he had a plan, surrounded himself with (evil, but..) educated folks, and listened to their advice and in return allowed them to do what they wanted to do and… well… horrible beyond nasty shit happened.

      DT? He won’t listen to anyone and surrounds himself with repugnant morally-challenged ass-kissers just looking for a buck. WHY he has the support of so many American citizens is beyond me, but he does. A DT as POTUS is the worst nightmare ever, but not an intentional Hitler replica… DT would be worse. An anti-intellectual, money-focused, self-focused… horror.

      The only ultimate answer is to vote… against him.

      • greenmanTN

        I only make the comparison by implication, not directly. Trump appeals to the worst part of the American public, the white nationalist explicit racists, the xenophobes, the homophobes, and the “softer” versions of all of those groups, those not really committed but leaning that way. If we’re going to take history as a lesson it will be the bully-boys (the Brown Shirts) to act out first, intimidate the public, then they will outlive their use and then the exucutive branch (SS) will step in.

        I’m not saying this will happen, or that Trump is Hitler, but we really have to keep an eye on these people and they are jumping for joy because Trump has given their cause a major boost and they see it as a way into government, when they never had one before, due to, you know, REASON!

        • AJ Drew

          The scary thing to me is… ok, DT appeals to the worst part of the American public… BUT… too many polls have had that “part” (of the willing to vote citizens, at least,) at nearly 50 percent. THAT IS HORRIFYING.

      • BobSF_94117

        Once Hitler perfected the model, incorporating modern media communication in plain old autocracy which had been around a long time, any two-bit dictator has been able to use it. Having ruthless dunces as collaborators is even an advantage, since they’re unlikely to mount much of a challenge.

      • NedFlaherty

        America has a wide array of “evil but educated” folks, all with specific but very different schemes they want government to impose, whereas Donald dЯumpf is uninformed, uncurious, self-centered, and lazy.

        This is the worst possible combination, because those folks will patiently lay in wait until they can secretly seize control whatever resources they choose to carry out their major harm.

        Among those folks are the Dominionist religious extremists, who believe that their supernatural deity won’t return to earth to rescue them unless and until they take over all of society (government/military, economics, education, media, entertainment, religion, family) and turn democracy into theocracy.

        What proof is there of this threat? The most anti-LGBT political party platform in American history — the 2016 Republican Platform — was drafted, edited, and finalized by a team of Dominionist religious extremists, after they quietly slithered their way onto the platform committee.

        And where are the clowns? Send in the clowns.
        Don’t bother.
        They’re here.

  • Ernest Endevor

    To follow up, what I found remarkable about the review is how much more intelligent and accomplished Hitler was by comparison with Trump. Also essential to bear in mind the collapse of the currency, inflation, resentment over the defeat in the recent war, history, and such as.

    • dr morbius

      Which is part of the reason why Trump is not Hitler, as much as many would like to think so.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i agree that the climate is quite different than Germany in the 30’s. However it’s a mistake to dismiss the beliefs of many Trumpanzees that America is being “invaded” from the south, or that our economy is a disaster. …among many other provocative lies from Trump and the rigthwing noise machine.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I don’t dismiss them, or the impact that’s been made by Fox news and its ongoing swiftboating of Clinton. But I was surprised to find myself thinking Hitler to have been so much more intelligent than Trump.

        • Soren456

          Yes. And to the best of my knowledge, Hitler never spoke in word salads. He was smart enough to come prepared.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I have no German so I can’t answer that. According to the review it seems he did talk a lot of nonsense, but as with Trump his followers didn’t care.

    • Soren456

      Trump is way more aptly compared to George Wallace.

      A comparison to Hitler is false. It requires that the US be in the same condition emotionally and economically as Germany in the late 20s; that the access to governmental power be through quirks and weaknesses in the structure of government, and—most important—that the history of Hitler’s reign be unknown to us present-day.

      To their (temporary) credit, German citizens had begun to vote against the Nazis, in large part due to their thuggery and ugliness. Hitler was never elected in a fair election. He took power through backstairs dealing and manipulation of peculiarities and weaknesses in the system. Thereafter, Germany did not experience a fair election until after the war—and in the east, until after dissolution.

      The rabble that Trump arouses is certainly worth keeping a wary eye on, and the behavior will continue even if Trump loses. But to compare this “movement” to Nazi Germany is a very long stretch.

  • AJ Drew

    Yeah, the Hitler analogy doesn’t quite work (oh, I get it,) but H actually surrounded himself with aligned people and both listened to them and in return supported them, or blindly let them, pursue their actual intents [shudder]… (Mengele, Goebbels, Himmler…) but DT won’t listen to anyone. This is a different kind of social ooze we have not seen before. Meh… vote, people, vote against it.

  • Gigi

    Just change a few words and, voilà:

    Trump presents himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead America to a new era of national greatness,” though he is typically vague about his actual plans. He often harkens back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay.”

    • Nowhereman

      It’s his game plan, word for effing word. It is eerie. And scary.

      • Gigi

        Very scary.

  • Nowhereman

    What’s really scary is that so many Americans seem to WANT to live under a dictatorship.

    • WTR

      I have to remind myself constantly that they are loud, and violent, but they are not a majority.

      • Nowhereman

        I’m in a town on an island that is full of them.

        • WTR

          Ouch! My condolences. I finally managed to get out of Dixie after 30 years and thought that by relocating to NYS I’d be in a liberal paradise. But I ended up in western NY, which is sort of like being on an island that is full of them. Thank god for NYC!

          • Nowhereman

            I’m in Alaska and I’m torn. It is beautiful and sparsely populated. I live on the beach. I can go down there and look to the west and the north and see no signs of human habitation at all. So I just stay home a lot (retired) and I do a lot of mail order. I just assume that when I go to town once a week for mail and supplies, everyone I meet is a Trump supporter and they are carrying a gun of some kind. (Alaska has no gun laws to speak of, conceal carry permits are not required.)

    • True, but they exist in every country, no matter how enlightened. Remember it’s not because they want to be oppressed or ruled over by an authoritarian dictator, it’s because they believe other people whom they hate will be ground down under that jackboot heel.

      Just look at the people at Trump’s rallies. They’re terrified and full of rage against anyone who isn’t like them, who are then blamed for every shitty thing happening in their lives.

      In every case, those demanding a strongman dictator believe the ones needing and deserving of oppression aren’t themselves. But everyone they fear and hate.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    Frighteningly uncanny!

    • Nowhereman

      People forget–or never learned–that Hitler was originally elected.

      • Friday

        In a split vote while representing an actual minority party, lest we forget that, too.

        • Nowhereman

          I was convoluted, for sure. But once in office–it was all over.

        • Nowhereman

          correction “It was convoluted”

      • Soren456

        How do you mean that?

        Elected to what?

        • Nowhereman

          Here’s one viewpoint that explains it.

          • Soren456

            ??

  • thrunch

    The shoe fits.

  • Nowhereman
  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Bill Post

    Love it.. this is the way you bring down someone like Trump.. mock him viciously!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for the raising of the Trumpen-Führer’s flag and the our new national anthem, Trumpland, Trumpland über alles” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c575e03f9d739abcdf783bf58308574784b6b0a3f8c6e64454b45d9c9d3a4bd1.jpg

  • chris10858

    Meanwhile, many Christian conservatives are talking about how God has anointed Trump to lead us into the future. This is exactly how the likes of Hitler cemented his base of power.

    • Friday

      Let’s hope he takes the right wing preachers down with him when he gets his ass kicked too. One thing about the followers of bullies, …they don’t like ‘losers.’

  • BobSF_94117

    They didn’t troll Trump. They reviewed a book about Hitler. That Trump has studied Hitler and his speeches is not the fault of the NYT…

    • IamM

      Yeah. Those excerpts sound like an ordinary review to me. Sure it describes Trumpism perfectly too, but given the topic you don’t have to go out of your way for that.

  • Hank

    “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” The only thing left out was his misogyny!!! Hair Drumpf has THAT in spades!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da89fef004c3f3d4f67ca2dea74c3076c6a6cc47c76ebfdd1e6af190dcd40770.jpg

  • Patrick Thomas

    And Stephen Bannon is Goebbels, with Kelly Ann Conway as Leno Riefenstahl.

    • Craig Howell

      Make that “Leni.”

      • Patrick Thomas

        Damn you, auto-correct!

        Changed. Thank you.

  • Michael McReavy

    Let’s hope something like this isn’t updated with Trump and Putin.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90906d61fb9e483d278f9116492d729ea77bbe1d215079f1abb2362cb692ae0a.jpg

  • B Snow

    This would be great if Trump’s supporters had enough shame to not want to be associated with Hitler.

  • NancyP

    Yep that was a troll. No mention of whether the book is well written, well researched, better than other available biographies – the usual stuff of book reviews.