Jill Soloway has returned to her life as a relatively anonymous television producer. But for a few hours last week, she was the toast of the town—At least that town generically known as Hollywood.
After winning an Emmy for her work on the show ‘Transparent,’ Soloway used her brief moment in the spotlight to demonize Donald Trump. Actually, ‘demonize’ is putting it mildly. ‘He’s a complete dangerous monster,’ Soloway pronounced, adding that he is ‘an inheritor to Hitler.’ Yeah, that’s the ticket! Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler’s murderous progeny.
She was of course praised for her ‘courage,’ although absolutely zero courage was required. That diatribe surely earned Soloway invitations to the very best dinner parties and enhanced her status in America’s most status-conscious town.
Soloway is not the only unhinged entertainer to employ the Trump = Hitler equation. Cher, both mononymous and monotonous, went one step further, equating Trump to Hitler and Stalin. Ironically, this raw hatred emanates from the woman who sang ‘Love and Understanding.’
But far more troublesome than attention-seeking Hollywood types are the allegedly ‘serious’ pundits and academics.
The Washington Post gave space to crazy-left columnist Richard Cohen, who concluded that Trump ‘is Hitlerian in his thinking.’ And the long-ago respected Newsweek commissioned a history professor to conjure up an academic comparison. ‘Like Hitler,’ the esteemed professor wrote, ‘Trump is capitalizing on a longing for charismatic leadership.’ To his credit, he didn’t accuse Trump of longing for a new Holocaust.
Documentary maker Ken Burns also implied that Trump’s only historical precedent is Hitler’s Third Reich.
This is truly despicable. We have reached a point where one party’s nominee is considered, literally, beneath contempt. NBC’s Matt Lauer was denounced for failing to tar and feather Trump during a recent forum. Even the congenial late night comic Jimmy Fallon is taking left jabs for being too easy on Trump.
One television producer framed the campaign starkly: ‘This is not a race between Democrat and Republican – this is a race between Democrat and demagogue.’
The message is clear to journalists and hosts who reside in the New York/Los Angeles axis: Either hammer this latter-day Hitler or find yourself excommunicated from polite society. Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, and Anderson Cooper, moderators of the first two presidential debates, are surely aware of the pressure. Let’s hope they can resist it in the pursuit of fairness.
Donald Trump has said some questionable things. He clung endlessly to the silly ‘birther’ allegation, and he mocked individuals who did not deserve his ridicule. On the other side, Hillary Clinton may have put our national security at risk and abused her position as Secretary of State.
Both candidates have made mistakes, both are fair game, both deserve some tough scrutiny. But we are witnessing a race where our chattering classes have totally disqualified one candidate. Beyond that, they sneer at half of Americans who feel otherwise.
There is obviously panic on the left these days, especially since Donald Trump has essentially caught up in many polls. So you can expect to see even more heated denunciations of Trump and his policies.
But can’t we agree to leave Adolf Hitler out of this?
Another former late-night comic, Jon Stewart, said something that bears repeating: ‘Stop calling people Hitler when you disagree with them. It demeans you, it demeans your opponent.’ Stewart also posed a very relevant question and answer: ‘You know who was Hitler? Hitler!’
Stewart might want to come out of retirement to have a word with his some of his fellow leftists. Sure, their misguided comparisons may enhance their own reputations, but they diminish the genuine evil of a true monster. And they should knock it off. Schnell!