The "people of Germany" just sent a powerful warning message to the US about Donald Trump, highlighting some startling similarities between how Trump has gained popularity and how Adolf Hitler rose to power,
Go ahead, vote for the guy with the loud voice who hates minorities, threatens to imprison his opponent, doesn't give a fuck about democracy, and claims he alone can fix everything. What could possibly go wrong?
This note was originally posted by Johan Franklin on Friday.
The message has gone completely viral on Twitter just a few days before the US presidential election.
Franklin, the author of the note, said Germans are "scared shitless" of Trump.
After Franklin tweeted the original note, some people began to attack him on social media. He received messages like, "I HOPE YOU DIE!!"
Franklin decided to explain why he tweeted this note and what his overall intentions were in a follow-up tweet.
Franklin said he doesn't speak for all Germans but that there are definitely many in Germany who are very unsettled by the prospect of Trump becoming the US president,
Of course I can't speak for the entire population of Germany. I used that signature line as a way of over-dramatizing to add emphasis. I've been told it's a common narrative device. But from what I hear from friends and family back home, what I read on German news sites and social media, many Germans are just scared shitless that an obvious demagogue and outright liar can gather so many people behind him. Yes, it does remind us of something that happened here.
Franklin actually agrees with anyone who thinks comparing Trump to Hitler is "a bit of an exaggerated cliché."
If you think comparing Trump to Hitler is a little too extreme, Franklin is on the same page.
But he also argued there are "a lot of similarities in the way Trump and Hitler gained momentum" and "amassed followers around them."
A frequent observation was that the comparison with Hiter was a bit of an exaggerated cliché, a worn out and overused technique to stir attention. I agree! Glad it worked. You can't compare Trump (or anyone) to the monster that was Hitler, and I didn't mean it literally (personally, I think he's more of a Goebbels type of guy, very media-savvy). But I see a lot of similarities in the way Trump and Hitler gained momentum, amassed followers around them despite so many telltale signs that all is not right. I'm not alone in that assessment. If you still believe in what journalists say, google it (try Newsweek and The Washington post for starters).
Franklin also wrote,
Whenever I traveled outside Germany in the past, I've often been asked how the German people could have fallen for Hitler back in the 30s and 40s. "How could your people not have known?" they asked. I don't get that much question lately.
Franklin certainly offered some thought-provoking points.
America has a lot to think about in what little time remains between now and the election.