Donald Trump’s unfiltered and unapologetic approach has marked his political career, drawing comparisons to Adolf Hitler for his inflammatory speeches that have offended many. During an interview with MSNBC on December 19, 2023, Vice President Kamala Harris agreed with the likeness between Trump’s rhetoric and Hitler’s.
Host Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s The Last Word prompted Harris to imagine a hypothetical scenario where she, as an eighth grader, encountered Trump’s racist remarks. The quote in question stated, “They’re poisoning the blood of our country.” O’Donnell asked how she would react to such remarks as a young student.
Harris, drawing on her upbringing in a family actively involved in the civil rights movement, acknowledged the existence of individuals who use their voices to dehumanize others. She emphasized the commonality among people and interpreted Trump’s language as divisive, akin to Hitler’s. Harris stressed the importance of recognizing genuine leadership, stating that a true leader uplifts rather than tears down,” per Mediaite.
Trump, responding to accusations of likening immigrants to “poison” for the country, defended his remarks by claiming that illegal immigrants are indeed causing harm. He dismissed comparisons to Hitler, asserting that the context and delivery were different, per Politico.
On the other hand, Democrat Joe Biden echoed Harris’s sentiments, expressing concern over the language Trump uses, reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s. Biden criticized Trump for referring to his opponents as “vermin” and perpetuating the idea of the country’s blood being poisoned.
Critics, including Chip Roy, urged a more humane perspective in discussing immigration policy. Roy emphasized the need for Republicans, whether Trump or others, to frame the conversation in terms of its impact on humanity.