Thursday 27 April 2017

History isn't repeating itself... yes, Trump is unpleasant but he isn't a reborn Adolf Hitler

Restrained: People need to remember that US President Donald Trump, pictured here holding hands with his grandchildren Arabella and Joseph outside the White House, has to act within the boundaries of the American constitution. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
Restrained: People need to remember that US President Donald Trump, pictured here holding hands with his grandchildren Arabella and Joseph outside the White House, has to act within the boundaries of the American constitution. Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Fergal Keane

I am introducing a ban. On myself. The rest of you are free to speculate to your heart's content. But from now I am forbidding all recourse to historical parallel when it comes to the affairs of Donald J Trump and his White House.

I am driven to this by the tide of intellectually vacuous and historically inaccurate comparisons between Trump and everybody from Attila the Hun to Richard Nixon. Let us establish who Trump is not. He is not a reborn Adolf Hitler; he is not a Russian surrogate; he is not Nixon.

Nor is the United States the Weimar Republic awaiting some rough beast to topple it into fascist autocracy.

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