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Behind Every Hitler Comparison

Mr. Fish
Mr. Fish

Dwayne Booth (a.k.a., Mr. Fish) is a cartoonist and freelance writer, has been published in many reputable and prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers. In addition to Harper’s Magazine, his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader, Slate.com, MSNBC.com and various European newspapers. He has also written novels, screenplays, short fiction and cultural criticism collections, and several volumes of political cartoons.

Copyright 2020 Mr. Fish / Dwayne Booth

17 comments

  1. “Hitler for all that has been said against him, is hardly the brilliant imaginative demon we credit him with being. He merely served to unleash the dark forces which we tried to pretend did not exist. With Hitler Pluto came out into the open. In England and America we have far more realistic , far more ruthless, types.” – OF ART AND THE FUTURE (from Sunday After the War)…Henry Miller

  2. If we remove Trump from office only to replace him with Biden will leave the Intel community and the military industrial complex even more empowered.

    1. Couldn’t have written it better myself. I consider him to be the only sane “voice” we have right now. And the guy is bat shit crazy! In such a beautiful, anguished, hopeful way!

  3. I too have found the alleged similarities between Hitler and Trump ridiculous. Michael Moore is highly culpable in fueling this although he was never the originator. At least Hitler had an ideology he believed in, Trump believes in nothing other than his own wealth, power and brand. Hitler also has the loose excuse of being a dope fiend (meth I think was his thing), Trump is the way he is on pure air.

    1. My mother is a Holocaust survivor. She fears Trump far more than Hitler. and COVID. . She is angry at this country right now, it’s hard to talk to her, and I love her dearly. Job has nothing on her.

  4. Quite right.

    Trump is a shallow amoral, narcissistic, but incompetent individual who believes in nothing but his own self interest. The real fascists are the religious right of which Trump’s offsider, Pence is a leader. If Trump gets in at the next election be ready for something really dangerous. When his second term ends Pence will step up. He is one of these religious right and has said that Pence described himself as a “principled conservative” and a ” Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.”

    If he gets in be very afraid. He is relatively young, smart and has a wide following among those who want the USA to become a Christian theocracy. Comparisons between him and Hitler are a lot closer to the markthan comparisons of Hitler and Trump. I think he could be more dangerous than Hitler for a number of reasons:

    – He would have at his disposal the most powerful and dangerous military machine that has ever existed.

    – Hitler was an isolated loaner who got lost touch with reality and invaded Russia – Pence is far from that. Pence has a law degree and has a wide political network.

    – Pence would have access to the US and UK surveillance states which makes the East German Stasi look like a bunch of amateurs.

    – US business love facists, they flirted with Hitler both before and during the war. So Pence will have their enormous political and financial support.

    – There are a bunch of disenfranchised working class, unemployed youth who have joined militias and are just itching to pay back the liberals who abandoned them. They will become Pence’s foot-soldiers. Hitlers Brownshirts.

    Pence describes himself as a conservative. He is not. He is a revolutionary who wants to turn the clock back to the 17th century, but with 21 century weapons.

    Trumps not Hitler, but the people who follow him from the Republican party most likely will be.

    1. Great comment Rob. If we’re to identify the truer Nazis in American politics today, we’d be looking at religious nuts like Pence (whom you mentioned), Ted Cruz, Betsy DeVos, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, the list is endless, I’m sure I’m missing several. Not sure Stephen Miller is religious but he has all the markings of at least a full-throated Fascist.

      Trump is dangerous for certain but he’s not on the level of these people.

      1. I agree with everything you both say, however Trump has the charisma and talents to manipulate the crowds and inspire bad people to act out. It’s Trump who fills rallies and gets the people revved up. Pence and the others know they need Trump as their frontman, I suspect he’s more of a wildcard than they like, but they know a good tool when they see one and despite their Christian values have no problem getting behind amoral Trump. He may not be on the level of the real power people you name, but he is their puppet and enabling their plans to be put into action.

    2. My mother is a Holocaust survivor. She fears Trump far more than Hitler. and COVID. . She is angry at this country right now, it’s hard to talk to her, and I love her dearly. Job has nothing on her.

  5. While I agree with the gist of the cartoon and above comments, I think it misses a critical similarity that Trump and Hitler do share- the ability to capitalize on existing hate in real time and rev up a crowd. Growing up in NY, I remember being shocked when a teacher explained that it wasn’t Hitler who created a movement against Jewish people, that there already was some separation between Jewish communities and other Europeans and that it was already common for people to be prejudiced against them. Many Americans were antisemitic and at first liked Hitler too, or our country might have joined the war effort sooner. Henry Ford made tanks for the Germans and many other American Elites supported Hitler in sneaky or not so sneaky ways- the papers just didn’t report it or people just didn’t care because at first he was just hurting Jews, and Gays, and Commies… and other people that were looked down upon at the time.
    German people were desperate in many ways after WWI and they needed a scapegoat and taking a group that was already considered an outsider and actively disliked was the easy choice, an easy way to unite ignorant people and get them motivated.

    I don’t fear Donald Trump. I fear the ignorant mobs that hang on his every word and vote him into power. I fear the complacent Americans that blindly trust our voting machines despite report after report saying they are easily tampered with. Donald Trump doesn’t hold sway over our generals and elected officials and he didn’t take power in a military coup. He has the support- the hearts and minds of the people, and he gained that support because he sounds like a hateful idiot- people see that as a good thing. A people that were already racist and were already blaming immigrants for their lack of jobs and who already had a distrust of anyone who sounds smart- a hate of anything that can be construed as intellectualism. These people won’t blame their country or leaders- they’re brainwashed patriots; they need someone weaker to blame, someone they can access and punish, who’s easy to identify and in weaker socioeconomic position so they can feel more powerful. Racism was a problem in the USA already, and Trump just like Hitler knows how to manipulate it. They also both like speed and live in a state of addiction, and have the medical staff to keep them properly tweaked.

    Donald Trump may not be the smartest person, but he is an effective manipulator just like Hitler. Donald has worked with acting coaches and spent years on a reality tv show honing his skills. He may indeed be a puppet for the truly powerful, but to call him incompetent after all he’s accomplished for them seems incorrect. He has been wildly successful in destroying our environmental laws and so many other regulations that protected us from his powerful friends. He truly does keep winning. While others may be using him as a tool, he is proving to be an excellent tool for the job.

    Let’s admit it everyone! Donald Trump isn’t in power because he is some magical idiot that made it happen with the power of his own hate and stupidity. He is in power because a great many people in this country share the hate he gives a voice to and are empowered and emboldened by it; and because the elites in power recognized his abilities and got behind him. Donald Trump wasn’t the Republican party’s first choice for president but they knew they couldn’t win the people with any other candidate. The Democrats knew that Bernie Sanders was their only chance to win, and they would rather have Donald Trump as president. If everyone wants to just label Trump as an incompetent dummy so bad, then lets just stop talking about him and focus on the people in power. Otherwise, let’s just admit he has helped those people win, and he was an indispensable part of their win, and they knew this because he had been using the same skills to enable his scum bag life for decades- an idiot that acted like him in a country who’s laws were not completely corrupt would be in jail and he’s not.

    1. “I don’t fear Donald Trump. I fear the ignorant mobs that hang on his every word and vote him into power.”

      Yes indeed! Although Trump does fuel them, the fact is they’ve always been there for generations. The confederate south is and always has been loaded with them. I’ve been around them all my life, they fulfill every stereotype other regions label them with. They are hopeless and reprobate, and those on the left who think we should somehow ally ourselves with them in solidarity against the elites have no idea who they’re dealing with. Allying with them reminds me of the parable of the scorpion and the frog.

  6. Mr. Fish, it really appeared to me that Americans did get off their asses and got behind the leader of their choice in a pro-democracy/resistance movement. Remember that whole Bernie Sanders thing that drew some of the largest crowds in history? And now again, for the BLM movement so many people are out risking covid to protest. Many Americans have been fighting pipelines and other battles to protect the earth- but the good guys lose so much more than they win it’s hard to keep up the motivation to fight. And that’s just in my lifetime. Our history books don’t always tell us all the times people got off their asses and tried to fight the power and lost, were destroyed and almost erased from history and our imaginations.
    You are right that we need a permanent cultural phenomenon and not periodic political agitation, but please cut “we the people” some slack, even those not stepping up to fight. So many potential leaders have been murdered, so many good people imprisoned for doing the right thing, people suffer lifelong injuries and even die at protests; and on top of that everyone is constantly stressed out about paying bills, getting another or better job, chasing those elusive health benefits and just surviving the daily grind- which is exactly why we should fight for better but it’s hard when you’re stuck in your own little bubble of fears and feel victory seems impossible anyway. I know we need to do better or we will lose the nation and the planet. but it’s hard as those in power just keep getting smarter about how to manipulate and control the masses.
    I’m sorry, I usually enjoy your work, but this cartoon is not sitting well with me on multiple levels.

  7. Actually, I think that regarding Trump as just an incompetent doucebag idiot is itself an important analogy to the rise of Hitler. Up until 1934, liberal Germans dismisses Hitler and his armed brown shirt rednecks as a harmless kook too.

    And yes, Trump does have an ideology – its called absolute power for him and his plutocrat friends. The brutal Aregntine Junta or Pinochet comes to mind.

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