Do we really want to find out if Trump is another Hitler?

Published: March 16, 2016

On a page that is dedicated to sharing glimpses into people’s lives, the unexpected took place on March 14, 2016, when ‘Humans of New York’ founder Brandon Stanton exposed his own sentiments in an open letter to Donald Trump. This letter took the internet by storm, receiving over two million likes and one million shares on Facebook.

“An Open Letter to Donald Trump:

Mr. Trump,

I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realise now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realise that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.

I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us.’

I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets of Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm— the hateful one is you.

Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.

Brandon Stanton”

The question that falls is, why now? And it was a question that even boggled the anchor of Yahoo! News, Katie Couric.

Brandon answered, as shown in the video about, that as a photo-journalist, he wanted his blog to remain humble rather than have a framework of politics injected within it. However, his silence had ceased to make sense to him when he found that these elections were more than just a political decision.

Brandon, who has travelled across Muslim countries owing to his journalism, exposes the unfounded claims of Trump’s accusations against Muslims, along with others, in what appears to simply be a ploy for power. In the process of this calculated racism, Trump is “enflaming violence and prejudice into America”.

The part of the interview that is most striking to me is the comparison between Hitler and Trump. Brandon does not go as far as stating that they are one and the same, but warns that they are idealistically cut from the same fabric. As a history major and having an interest in reading historical dictator’s biographies, he has found that these political figures have certain traits in common; they condone violence, fuel racism, and use personal loyalty to create a following rather than ideas. This notion is incredibly concerning when placed within the context of Donald Trump’s campaign; is there a possibility of liberating a dictator?

At a time when nuclear weapons are more accessible, when America is in possession of one of the biggest armies in the world, when Trump is blunt and cut-throat in his racism and violently sickening thoughts, ask yourself, is this the kind of man who should be given even a shred of power?

The same Trump, who after impressing some people with his exertion of confidence and shameless assertiveness, is now recanting the same statements. What’s obvious is that the assertiveness of Trump’s leadership, and the potential of him manipulating voters’ opinions now, by humbling himself in the public eye is a clear indication of time based manipulation, a potential leader possibly leading those that have offered their allegiance into a “state of oblivion”.

Ask yourself, do you really want to test that?

This is what Brandon meant when he reinforces constantly that condemning Trump “is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one”. Do we want someone who asserts his violent and racially sickening thoughts to become one of the most powerful men in the world? Do we want the same person to rub off his influence into an already depleting pool of humanity? Is hate the uniting force for change now?

No one says he is Hitler. He may never be. But, like Brandon says, I don’t want the possibility of ever finding out.

Trump appeals to his followers by throwing promises of the American Dream. However his characteristics indicate that his impulsiveness show promises of violence and war.

Do you agree or disagree with the stance taken by Brandon Stanton in his open letter?

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Fatima Nadeem

Fatima Nadeem

The author is a Fine Art graduate from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She is a freelance artist. Apart from a passion for the arts, her hobbies include reading and writing. Instagram: fatimanadeem8

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  • Muhammed Waqar Younis

    Trump is the Nawaz Sharif of USA..Except with a Tongue that works…I hope our people realize that as well and pick a better leader…Recommend

  • imran

    funny enough i see a Imran in him saying things that he does not understand but certainly mean them!!!Recommend

  • cautious

    Another nasty attention getting title that has little to do with the article. Hitler?Recommend

  • Salma

    May be Trump is a Hitler for saying that Muslims should be banned from entering the country. But what does that comparison make of our beloved Saudi rulers, who promote only one version of Islam, or of ourselves who have reduced the population of minority communities to a dismal single digit? Where Christians are untouchables, Hindus are terrorised, Ahmadis are ostracised and targeted? all with implicit and explicit state sanction? Oh how easily do we declare him a Hitler, that guy called Trump?Recommend

  • Nomad1412

    Godwin’s Law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approachesRecommend

  • zafars

    Let the American people decidee who he is. Useless and inane pontification helps no one.Recommend

  • Gulbagh

    You cannot compare Saudia with US. Saudi Family owns every
    inch of Saudia. They are Lord and Master of that kingdom.
    US the shining city on the hill, is a guiding light for ‘Democracy’,
    all over the world. And to see a bottom feeder like Trump doing
    so well among the ‘Republicans’ is a shock. He brought out the years
    of suppressed rage that was hidden, and roiling under the surface.
    The Republicans are now identified as a party of racists, bigots and misogynists. By the way, hindus are not favorite of Trump. They are
    small, dark and have 870 gods and goddesses. To the racist Trump,
    hindus are a singing dancing temple going race. 1.8 billion strong.
    And ready for toothpaste, plastic shoes, chappals, and cheap clothes
    made in Honduras.Recommend

  • Captain

    I find there to be no intellectual addition by the publishing of this article.

    Allow me to explain:

    1. Trump’s rhetoric may have fueled racism, bigotry and other socially unacceptable behaviors but it has not engendered something entirely unique. Both democratic and republican nominees of previous elections have used the race and religion cards to garner support. Trump is obviously the better salesman with his outrageous stories and ideas bordering on the obscene.

    2. A significant portion of the American populace (despite Trump proving himself to be a formidable force on Super Tuesday) believe Trump to be anti-American. His statements regarding the closure of Muslims to enter the US lead the White house spokesperson to label him as, “disqualified” from the race. Source:

    3. Trump’s notions on intervening militarily in other states falls outside the ambit of the US military and is well within the scope of illegal military activity. If in the situation that Trump does order the military to act, the US Armed Forces are well within their legal rights to refuse. Source:

    4. Lastly, TRUMP HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED AS THE GOP’S CANDIDATE. Yet. And a number of Republicans have shared their opinions on Trump, and most of them are quite hostile. And even if Trump wins a majority vote prompting the GOP to label him as their candidate, they do have certain remedial actions. Source:

    I, honestly, find myself imperturbed by the alleged threat posed by Trump. He’s unfit to be Commander in Chief, knows nothing about foreign policy, economics and he’s declared bankruptcy twice. It’d be a cold day in hell before he’s elected What’s more startling is his candidacy societal impact. However, i believe Clinton’s campaign should be under a greater degree of scrutiny rather than this verbal diarrhea spewing bigot.Recommend