Here are the latest examples: A couple of days ago, a Muslim woman who attended a Trump rally in a head scarf was forcibly thrown out. She wasn't demonstrating against him; she wasn't heckling him; she was doing nothing but standing and listening to him. But Trump's followers threw her out; and Trump had not a word of complaint, then or since. This is the point where it is no longer possible to write these things off as factionalism, or fear of brown people- this is out and out racist hatred, of the sort that, left unchecked, leads directly to an American Kristallnacht. And I am neither exaggerating here nor breaking Godwin's law. We all know that this is true, but the mainstream press, which has spent decades collaborating with the Republicans to demonize Hillary and Obama on every phony pretext they can create, will not speak a word of truth about this.
The second, in a way, is even more frightening. Here is what Trump had to say today about the North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong Un, who regularly threatens our country with nuclear annihilation:
"You gotta give him credit. How many young guys -- he was like 26 or 25 when his father died -- take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden ... he goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss," Trump said. "It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean this guy doesn't play games."
Kim Jong Un is to be admired not just because he "took over," but by the way he did it- by murdering his opponents. And this is not just sarcasm- it is clearly true admiration for the world's most mindless, belligerent dictator, the head of a country that lets its people wallow in poverty while its leaders rob the economy at every turn. But he is to be admired, because if you don't like it, he kills you. That, to Trump, is strong leadership.
And remember, Trump did not say this in an offhand remark- he is presenting it as a model of how he would run this country if elected. And his followers seem to think that is just fine.
With these two incidents, I think the time has come when no one need feel the slightest doubt in saying that the Republicans' leading candidate is advocating totalitarian, racist dictatorship. Godwin, you can just go back to sleep now; we finally have a national figure that we really can compare to Hitler.
And Trump only gets worse as time goes on. I have spent a large part of my life wondering how the educated, cultured German people could have given themselves over to a vicious madman. Well, I guess we're finding out just how easy it can be.
Oh, and in case that is not scary enough, consider the fact that, as Hitlerian as Trump is behaving, he is not the worst that the Republicans have to offer- that would be number two in the polling, Ted Cruz, who honestly thinks that God gave him life so he could rule the world according to his miserable, hateful idea of a religion.
And we don't seem to be able to do a thing about it. The Republican party has created a monster that is set to devour us all.