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Bannon like another hateful propagandist, Nazi Joseph Goebbels

Bannon like another hateful propagandist, Nazi Joseph Goebbels

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WHEN I LEARNED of President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to elevate former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon to chief strategist, I recalled the haunting words of a Jewish friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years.

Months ago, after Trump had uttered bigoted remarks about seemingly every group except his own, I asked this friend what she thought of the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“He reminds me of Hitler,” she said.

At the time, I thought the comparison was interesting. Now, it feels sadly prophetic.
Like Adolf Hitler, Trump built his message around a sort of nationalism that demonizes perceived outsiders and pits the masses against them. Like Hitler, Trump’s message is about returning the country to a period of prosperity and pride. Like Hitler, Trump portrayed himself as a populist to win an election. And now, much like Hitler, Trump has chosen a purveyor of propaganda as a key presidential aide.

For Hitler, the plucked-from-the-media mouthpiece was Joseph Goebbels, a highly educated man whose magazine, Der Angriff (The Attack), was the precursor to the creation of a potent Nazi media machine.

For Trump, it is Steve Bannon

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