(From Dana Milbank)
I’ve perhaps never agreed with Glenn Beck before, but the right-wing radio personality was right to hold up a Nazi ballot on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning. “We should look at Adolf Hitler in 1929,” said Beck, who usually saves his Nazi analogies for liberals. Beck added, “Donald Trump is a dangerous man with the things that he has been saying.”
The Germans, too, find him dangerous — and they should know. Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, last month called Trump “the world’s most dangerous man” and leader of a “hate-filled authoritarian movement” who “inflames tensions against ethnic minorities . . . while ignoring democratic conventions.”
I wish I could enjoy Trump, who at last week’s debate defended the size of his penis. But this isn’t a conventional debate between Democrats and Republicans or insiders and outsiders. Trump is on the wrong side of a struggle between decency and bigotry, between democracy and something else.Dana MilbankYet, incredibly, the other candidates in the race — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich — all said they’d support Trump if he wins the nomination. The morning after Trump’s salute, the morally neutral Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, told CBS’s John Dickerson the that his “role is to basically be 100 percent behind” the eventual nominee.
Apparently, I am not all that far off base as some of my contributors think. Abe Foxman of the ADL, a holocaust survivor, also saw the Seig Heil salute and commented:
Abe Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and the retired longtime head of the ADL, said that Trump leading thousands in “what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States.” He told the Times of Israel that Trump is “smart enough” to know what he was doing.
What on earth is wrong with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Katich? Why would they agree to support Trump? Where is the moral courage here? They need to denounce Trump publicly. At what point do they consider country over party? Perhaps they should look to Lindsay Graham as the role model.
Politics makes very strange bedfellows. Today I have agreed with Glenn Beck and Greg. Is the world going to spin backwards tomorrow? I am getting horrible eye twitches just thinking about this.