WaPo: “This is not a drill. The Reichstag is burning.”
Democrats have spent months pressing Joe Biden not to concede the election, in Hillary Clinton’s words, “under any circumstances.” They’ve been war-gaming what to do if President Trump wins the election by winning the Electoral College (and losing the meaningless popular vote). They’ve made it quite clear that the only acceptable result to them is a Biden win.
If there’s one thing we can count on from Democrats and the left, it’s projection. Whatever they are accusing Republicans of, you can be almost certain, they are busily doing or plotting the very thing.
Biden appeared in an MSNBC interview and compared Trump to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Godwin’s Law is officially dead, I guess, since Democrats keep screeching that Trump and his supporters are all “Nazis.” With the Democrat presidential candidate joining in, we’ve reached a new low in political discourse.
There appears to be some sort of coordination among Democrats and their media mouthpieces. Take, for example, Dana Milbank’s hyperbolic lunacy about Trump’s Reichstag moment. Try not to laugh, he’s serious, and I suspect we can learn quite a bit about what the left is really contemplating should they achieve the power to do so.
For five years, my colleagues and I have taken pains to avoid Nazi comparisons. It is usually hyperbolic, and counterproductive, to label the right “fascists” in the way those on the right reflexively label the left “socialists.” But this is no longer a matter of name-calling.
With his repeated refusals this week to accept the peaceful transfer of power — the bedrock principle that has sustained American democracy for 228 years — President Trump has put the United States, in some ways, where Germany was in 1933, when Adolf Hitler used the suspicious burning of the German parliament to turn a democracy into a totalitarian state.
Overwrought, you say? Then ask Yale historian Timothy Snyder, a top authority on Nazism and Stalinism. “The Reichstag has been on a slow burn since June,” he told me. “The language Trump uses to talk about Black Lives Matter and the protests is very similar to the language Hitler used — that there’s some vague left-wing conspiracy based in the cities that is destroying the country.”
. . . . “It’s important not to talk about this as just an election,” Snyder said. “It’s an election surrounded by the authoritarian language of a coup d’etat. The opposition has to win the election and it has to win the aftermath of the election.”
If not? There won’t be another “normal” election for some time, he said. But that doesn’t have to happen, and Snyder is optimistic it won’t. To avoid it, we voters must turn out in overwhelming numbers to deal Trump a lopsided defeat. The military must hold to its oath. Homeland Security police must not serve as Trump’s brownshirts. And we citizens must take to the streets, peacefully but indefinitely, until the will of the people prevails.
The left—who not only state they will not accept a Trump win but are openly planning to pack the Supreme Court, add two new states to shore up a Senate majority, and demolish the Electoral College—is leaping on this craziness as if it has meaning or is in any way tethered to reality.
Of course, they have not an ounce of self-awareness about who is really seeking “total power” and which lies they keep repeating hoping they are believed.
With Trump trailing in the polls, he's getting increasingly desperate. We should all be ready for his version of the Reichstag Fire, Hitler's pretext for seizing total power. https://t.co/TcqLgbndjH
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) September 26, 2020
“It’s important not to talk about this as just an election. It’s an election surrounded by the authoritarian language of a coup d’etat. The opposition has to win the election and it has to win the aftermath of the election.” See #OnTyranny #Reichstag https://t.co/gcjKeaC7SO
— Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) September 26, 2020
This is not a drill. The Reichstag is burning. <– Agree entirely. https://t.co/9ypazbGfyG
— Jennifer 'pro-reality' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 25, 2020
I'm not saying the left has gone batsh– crazy, but the left has gone batsh– crazy https://t.co/qey3ykbESh
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) September 26, 2020
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