It’s not a week that goes by in this job that you don’t hear some kind of Trump/Nazi comparison. Liberals have finally decided that it’s OK to equate our president with the most evil mass murderers of the 20th century, particularly if it makes their point sound particularly serious..
However, when it comes to moments where a comparison can be made between President Trump and Hitler or his cadre, Saturday’s White House speech would be decidedly an odd one. The president reached out to Democrats with a plan to temporarily extend protections for three years to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in addition to other concessions in exchange for border wall funding.
The White House would clearly have to negotiate further — temporary protections weren’t going to mollify any Democrat, much less leadership — but it was a start for what’s bound to be a long road.
Or, if you’re MSNBC guest Fernand Amandi, it was something out of a Nazi-era Nuremburg rally.
Amandi is the host of “Strange Days,” a podcast I’m currently unfamiliar with and will, on the basis of this appearance alone, remain so.
He was talking with MSNBC’s Joy Reid in the immediate aftermath of Trump’s address yesterday afternoon, according to The Daily Caller.
Armandi credited Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser, for much of the tone of the speech.
“As to that ridiculous farce of a speech we just heard a few moments ago,” Amandi told Reid. “First I think it is important — let’s acknowledge Stephen Miller for again doing a successful 100 percent note-for-note recreation of 1933 Nazi Germany in the tone and the rhetoric and the language of that speech. I mean, what in the hell was that?”
I don’t know. Roughly as far from a Goebbels speech as you can reasonably get?
Instead, Amandi said that Trump was “equating undocumented immigrants — which statistics show are the least likely people to commit crimes in this country — the equivalency of them being rapists and murderers and disease-spreaders, when many of them come to this country for a better life fleeing persecution or to contribute to our very American economy.”
This is actually false, inasmuch as most states don’t track crime by undocumented immigrants, lumping those in this country illegally with those who are here legally.
One of the few studies that was able to use detailed data from a state to determine the difference in crime rates between legal and illegal immigrants — and not just rely on self-reporting or wide demographic studies — was John Lott’s recent working paper on crime in Arizona, which found that while legal immigrants commit crime at a far lower clip than the average state resident, “(u)ndocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans.”
When it comes to “the equivalency of them being rapists and murderers and disease-spreaders,” this is mostly context-free, too.
Check out this portion of the president’s speech.
Consider the one point in the speech where the president talked about sexual assault: “There is a humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border that requires urgent action,” he said.
“Thousands of children are being exploited by ruthless coyotes and vicious cartels and gangs. One in three women is sexually assaulted on the dangerous journey north. In fact, many loving mothers give their young daughters birth control pills for the long journey up to the United States because they know they may be raped or sexually accosted or assaulted.”
This is the result of cartel trafficking, something that comes part and parcel with uncontrolled illegal immigration. And Trump’s “one in three” ratio is actually a low number. Amnesty International puts the number of migrant women who are sexually assaulted during the journey north as closer to 60 percent.
Pointing out these inconvenient facts has now become an exercise in Naziism.
Beyond accusations of Naziism, Amandi suggested Pelosi stay the course.
“To Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, I think they should keep doing what they’re doing,” he said.
“Keep the ball in Donald Trump’s court and maintain the position that this government does not negotiate with a Trump shutdown that is being done under hostage pretenses, and it does not negotiate with terrorists be they foreign or, in this case, domestic.”
According to Armandi, then, Trump is a terrorist who is also a Nazi for pointing out that we need border security and that human and drug trafficking present a serious danger to the United States.
Another very serious day on MSNBC, all courtesy of Joy Reid and one very strange podcaster.
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