DAILYKENN.com -- Somehow the far left seems to miss it: When they compare Trump to Hitler, they are comparing Hitler to Trump.
To say Trump is like Hitler is to say Hitler was no worse than Trump (or was as great as Trump.)
It's basic algebra. If 'a' equals 'b', then 'b' must equal 'a'. If Trump is like Hitler, then Hitler is like Trump.
From The Hill ▼
The Democrat challenging Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) for his New York House seat said he was motivated to run for office because of "parallels" he saw between President Trump's political rise and Adolf Hitler's ascent to power in Germany.
The comments, made in February at a Democratic primary forum in East Marion, N.Y., were captured in a video sent to The Hill from a Republican operative and also posted online in the Facebook page of Southold Town Democratic Committee, a group committed to electing "leaders with Democratic values" in Southold, N.Y.
In the video, Perry Gershon, who previously worked as a lender in commercial real estate, recalls paying a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington during the 2016 presidential race.
"I was struck by the parallels between the rise of Donald Trump today and the rise of Hitler back then," Gershon says. "And I just said to myself that we have to stand up and make sure this doesn't happen in America."
It was from that point on, Gershon said that he began to pay close attention to the presidential race.
"When Trump won, I just said, we – or I as a person – need to step up and fight back," he says. "And we all as people – Democrats, but also Americans – need to step up and fight this wave of what could be authoritarianism."
"If you look at what's happened recently, it's sure seeming to go that way," he continues. "So I decided the best way I could fight the battle is to challenge Lee Zeldin for the office."
In the video, Gershon also cites examples of "creeping authoritarianism" under Trump, pointing to the president's support for a military parade in Washington and the president calling Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address "treasonous."
"Donald Trump called his opponents – the Democrats – treasonous for not clapping at the State of the Union. This is creeping authoritarian rule, and if we don’t step up behind one of these Democrats to take down Lee Zeldin, we’re all going to be at their mercy," he said.Gershon's campaign responded to a request for comment from The Hill by trying to tie Zeldin to Trump.
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