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The Rise of Hitler Trump

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To the Editor: 

Bernie Lambek’s commentary was excellent, and with the January 6 hearings in progress, I thought it would be enlightening to share what William Shirer observed about the rise of Hitler in 1934 in Berlin, where he was reporting on political developments. He wrote in his book “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”:

“Often in a German home or office or sometimes in a casual conversation with a stranger in a restaurant, a beer hall, a café, I would meet with the most outlandish assertions from seemingly educated and intelligent persons.  It was obvious that they were parroting some piece of nonsense they had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers.  Sometimes one was tempted to say as much, but on such occasions one was met with such a stare of incredulity, such a  shock of silence, as if one had blasphemed the Almighty, that one realized how useless it was even to try to make contact with a mind which had become warped and for whom the facts of life had become what Hitler and Goebbels, with their cynical disregard for truth, said they were.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Replace “German home or . . .” with “American home or . . .,” then replace “Hitler” and “Goebbels” with “Trump” and “Q.”  And, of course, replace “had heard on the radio or read in the newspapers” with “saw on the internet or on Twitter.”

Bob Messing, Montpelier