Trump = Hitler! The word “laughter” now is code for Nazi white supremacist

Trump = Hitler! The word “laughter” now is code for Nazi white supremacist, by Joanne Nova.

In the new Analytical Tool of Weaponized Outrage, anyone who talks about a group “laughing” at them is, ergo, ipso fantastico, channelling Hitler. Sasha Abramsky does word analysis and finds both Hitler and Trump used the word “laughing” therefore Trump is a neoNazi, white nationalist, fascist (who is, by implication, probably planning to do mass-gassings.)

Trump Echoed Hitler in His Speech Withdrawing From the Paris Climate Accord. Seriously—it’s not a direct quote from the Führer, but it’s perilously close. By Sasha Abramsky.

On September 30, 1942, shortly after the death camps began gassing Jews, Hitler declared, “In Germany too the Jews once laughed at my prophecies. I don’t know whether they are still laughing, or whether they have already lost the inclination to laugh, but I can assure you that everywhere they will stop laughing. With these prophecies I shall prove to be right.” …

On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that he was pulling America out of the Paris climate accord. “At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won’t be. They won’t be.”

It’s not a direct quote from Hitler, but it’s perilously close. …

That Trump essentially used the Rose Garden podium yesterday to give a giant “Fuck you” to the rest of the world is bad enough. But that he paraphrased Hitler in so doing raises a stench that even the cretins who head the Republican Party ought to blanch at. Trump will, I am sure, deny any intended overlap with Hitlerian language. But, as a longtime journalist I know that my editors would red-flag an unattributed quote like this; and as a lecturer in journalism, I know that were a student of mine to try to pass such words off as original, they would be flying perilously close to a plagiarism citation. …

Joanne again:

Define “direct quote”? There no two words used together in the same order. I’d say both were speaking “English”, well, except for Hitler. …

At this rate, pretty soon the whole English language will be unusable due to copyright restrictions. Everyone saying “they’re not laughing now” will need to cite Hitler, 1942. …

I’ll leave readers to spot all the other past instances where elected leaders talked about their countries being laughed at, or where a policy would not be in their own economic interest. Let’s test Abramsky’s theory. How many of them went on to launch wars and set up genocidal concentration camps?

How We Fooled Donald Trump Into Retweeting Benito Mussolini, by Alex Pareene.

Is Donald Trump a fascist? Experts, historians, and pundits have debated the question for months. One thing has been certain for a while now: He tweets like one. That’s why, last year, Gawker’s Ashley Feinberg created a Twitter bot that would post quotes from the writings and speeches of the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, but with all of them attributed to businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. This morning, he retweeted that account. …

Last year, we set a trap for Trump. We came up with the idea for that Mussolini bot under the assumption that Trump would retweet just about anything, no matter how dubious or vile the source, as long as it sounded like praise for himself. … It has tweeted solely at Donald Trump, multiple times a day, since December 2015.

Joanne again:

It is just advanced trickster namecalling, where even spending two seconds clicking “retweet” on a non-controversial message gets cited as a “link”, an “echo” and support for a “rumor” that someone admires systematic massacre.

A few hundred years ago witch hunters used the same techniques.