It’s getting ugly out there.
Both Politico’s Roger Simon and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich are comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler this morning over Trump’s recent comments about Muslims and Syrian refugees.
First up, here’s Simon’s piece:
— POLITICO (@politico) November 25, 2015
And his sub-head paraphrases the famous Holocaust poem “First they came …” by Pastor Martin Niemöller, with Simon replacing “Jews” from the original with “Muslims”:
Kasich used the Niemöller poem as well in a new ad featuring a former Vietnam War POW:
Kasich goes there:
Uses a veteran quoting the Pastor Niemöller speech to liken Trump to Hitler.https://t.co/MHnrw3Kurv
— Mark A.R. Kleiman (@MarkARKleiman) November 25, 2015
New Kasich ad: If Trump becomes president, ‘you better hope there’s someone left to help you’ https://t.co/BvufzNDZ8Y
— Post Politics (@postpolitics) November 25, 2015
From the Washington Post:
The spot features retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe speaking at an event in Ohio, the same day Trump held a rally in Columbus. Moe, who the Kasich campaign identifies as a former Vietnam POW, paraphrases a quote from Protestant pastor Martin Niemöller, taken from his lectures after World War II.
“You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you’re not one,” says Moe, to an ominous soundtrack. “And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.”
Trump’s response should be interesting. Stay tuned…