Former US President Donald Trump recently stirred controversy by making a reference to a Nazi booklet, vowing to “root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country” in a Truth Social post on Saturday, “in honor of our great Veterans on Veteran’s Day.” The term “vermin” was notably used by Nazis to dehumanize Jews.
This choice of language echoes an infamous 1939 speech by Hitler, where he dehumanized Jews by referring to them as vermin. “This vermin must be destroyed. The Jews are our sworn enemies,” he stated to the Czech foreign minister, as recorded in historical accounts.
The recent rhetoric by Trump was not an isolated incident, as he reiterated similar sentiments on his social media platform earlier, pledging to root out perceived threats. “In honor of our great Veterans on Veteran’s Day, we pledge to you that we will root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country, lie, steal, and cheat on Elections, and will do anything possible, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America, and the American dream.”
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, responded to this comment on CNN, asserting that Trump would face conviction in the Georgia court and be excluded from future elections. Christie found it “laughable that Donald Trump would accuse anyone of lying, cheating, and stealing.”