The Biden campaign is comparing former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, and the president himself has also jumped into the fray.
Over the past month and a half, as Mr. Trump's rhetoric has grown more extreme, calling his political opponents “parasites” and arguing that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” the Biden campaign has issued statements comparing Trump to Nazi. leader at least four times.
It is a continuation of Biden's 2020 campaign, when he ran to “restore the soul of America” and the US as the global leader of the liberal international world order amid a steady rise of authoritarianism during the 2010s.
A new era of strong men
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, Viktor Orban in Hungary, the recently expelled Law and Justice Party in Poland, former President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Narendra Modi in India and most notably Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China, they are all examples. of leaders who have based their leadership on the idea that we are in a new era of strong men.
Many of them Biden will know personally from his time as vice president and senator on the Foreign Relations Committee.
Mr Biden made it clear that the cataclysm that led to his decision to run in 2020 was the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, after which Trump said there were “very good” people on both sides – both at the counter. -protesters and among violent white defenders holding tiki torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us.”
Biden's focus on the fate of global democracy
Mr Biden's focus on the fate of global democracy has been clear since entering the White House as he hosted a “Democracy Summit” within a year of becoming president “to renew democracy at home and confront autocracies abroad”.
But the threats Biden saw in 2020 haven't gone away. If anything, they have gotten worse. Mr Putin is more confident than ever that he can outwit the Western world after a less-than-stellar start to his invasion of Ukraine, and Xi recently became the first Chinese leader to begin a posthumous third term in the Chinese Communist Party. of Mao.
At home, Mr. Trump is going further than ever, bringing his admiration for dictators and strongmen to the public, using criticism from left-of-center leaders to whip his base and attempting to paint himself as borderline messianic, again saying and again that he is being targeted for standing up for the average American.
Biden has even said he's not sure he would run again if he wasn't up against Trump, whose GOP nomination is seen by most observers as a foregone conclusion.
After the Colorado Supreme Court removed Trump from the state's ballot this week for his part in the Capitol riot, Biden was asked Wednesday if Trump is a rioter.
“It goes without saying. You've seen it all. Now if the 14th Amendment comes into play, I'll let the court make that decision. But he certainly supported a riot. There's no doubt about it. None. Zero,” Mr. Biden said.
“Don't compare me to the Almighty”
The White House and Biden appear to be using the image of Hitler, the most offensive figure in modern history, to attack the former president in an effort to remind voters and the coalition that brought him to power in 2020 why they ousted Mr. .Trump at the beginning.
The president likes to quote his father when criticizing his predecessor: “Don't compare me to the Almighty. Compare me with the alternative.”
Mr. Biden is telling voters that even if they don't like him, take a good look at who he's up against. The Biden campaign seems to want voters to believe they must re-elect the president or watch the rise of fascism in America.
“It echoes the language you heard in Nazi Germany”
At a fundraiser in San Francisco in November, Biden criticized Trump's comments in New Hampshire, where he said he would “root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and radical left-wing thugs living like vermin within the borders of our country who are located. and to steal and cheat the elections”.
“There are a lot of reasons to be against Donald Trump, but he shouldn't be president,” Biden said.
“Just in the last few days, Trump has said if he's back in office, he's going to go after everyone who opposes him and wipe out what he called a ‘parasite,' quote, ‘parasites in America' — a specific phrase with a specific meaning,” he said. Mr. Biden.
Trump refers to ‘radical leftists' as ‘parasites' during Clermont rally
“It echoes the language you heard in Nazi Germany in the 1930s,” Biden said. “And it's not even the first time. Trump also recently spoke of, and I quote, “America's blood is being poisoned” – “America's blood is being poisoned.” Again, it echoes the same phrases used in Nazi Germany.”
Biden campaign spokesman Amar Musa said at the time that “on a weekend when most Americans were honoring our nation's heroes, Donald Trump parroted the authoritarian language of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini — two dictators that many U.S. veterans they gave their lives fighting.”
Compare Trump and GOP Senators to Nazi Propagandist
Biden compared Trump to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in September 2020. Shortly before going on to defeat him in the November election, Biden told MSNBC that Trump was “kind of like Goebbels.”
“You've been lying long enough, you keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge,” Biden said, reacting to Trump trying to make his opponent a socialist.
“I think people see very clearly the difference between me and Donald Trump,” Biden said. “Trump clears protests in front of White House that are peaceful with military. This guy is more Castro than Churchill.”
Mr Biden also compared Texas Senator Ted Cruz to Goebbels after the 2020 election, after the senator promoted Trump's lies about stealing the election.
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The then-president-elect recalled Goebbels's exaggeration of civilian deaths during the World War II bombing of Dresden, which ran in newspapers around the world. Goebbels argued that the bigger the lie and the more it was repeated, the more likely it was to be believed.
Mr. Biden noted that both Cruz and Trump supported the idea that something was wrong with the election, in the face of a complete lack of evidence to support their claims.
“They are part of the big lie,” Biden said at the time. “When we were told that, you know, Goebbels and the big lie… when Dresden was bombed, bombed with fire, 250 people were killed. [Or] were 2,500 people killed? And Goebbels said no, 25,000 or 250,000 were killed. And our papers printed it. Our papers printed it. It's a big lie.”
About 25,000 civilians were killed in the bombing of Dresden in early 1945, months before the surrender of Nazi Germany. Goebbels, known for his lies, claimed that 200,000 died.
Asked whether Mr. Cruz or Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, who was also involved in delaying the certification of the results, should resign, Mr. Biden said: “They should just be beaten the next time they run. ».
Biden said at the time that if Trump was “the only one who said it, that's one thing. But the associates who follow him, like Cruz and others, are as responsible as he is.”
“There are decent people out there who actually believe these lies because they've heard them time and time again.”
“The American public has a really good, clear view of who they are,” he told the press at the time. “It's part of the big lie. The Big Lie.”
The neo-Nazi rally that inspired Biden to run
Charlottesville: Donald Trump says there were ‘good people on both sides'
Biden said his anger at the 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, after which Trump, as president, said there were “very good people on both sides” even after a counter-protester was killed, was at the time who decided to run.
At a fundraiser in 2019 after his campaign was launched, Mr Biden said: “When these people came out of the fields carrying these torches, shouting anti-Semitic bile and their veins bulging, accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan, with such ugliness… I never thought I would see anything like this again in my life. Then I decided.”
In his 2019 campaign announcement video, Biden said of Trump's response to the event: “At that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my life.”