By: Sean Elliot Siegel
Trending at the moment is the repugnant comparison of Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, the man most responsible for the mass murder of over 6 million Jews. This is a serious problem because it unequivocally belittles one of histories most horrific, inhumane crimes. Playing down the Holocaust, Nazism, and fascism make it much more probable that such crimes will happen again. Trumps plans, beliefs and public statements may be insolent at times, however, they don't come close to Hitler's.
Media, bloggers, news outlets, politicians, etc., have drawn this comparison of Trump's statements on immigration. One article wrote, "There is a strange echo of Adolf Hitler in Donald Trump's simplistic message that the USA will solve all its problems if it will simply get rid of the Hispanic people who have come to our country" (Teddy Altreuter). What the author failed to do was actually try to understand Trump's message because it's not at all what he writes. Trump hasn't proposed that we "simply get rid of Hispanic people who have come to our country." His message is that America can resolve the taxing issues caused by decades of a penetrable border and a shortfall to implement immigration laws by fortifying our borders as well as enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Donald Trumps focus isn't only aimed at the "Hispanic Community," on the contrary it's aimed at every illegal alien, Hispanic or not.
Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate the entire Jewish population, aka "The Final Solution," which enforced new laws to specifically target Jews. Contrary to Hitler, Donald Trump's plan for the deportation of illegal immigrants calls for stricter implementation of laws that already exist (e.g, Immigration and Nationality Act). Attempts to associate the murder of more than 6 million Jews during the Holocaust and America's Immigration and Nationality Act is offensive and disrespectful to those who lost their lives.
Whether or not you agree with Trump about deportation and enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act, comparing him to Hitler is unacceptable and needs to stop. Equating deportation of illegal aliens who violate the law to the Holocaust is not going to cultivate an atmosphere in which rational and sensible debates can occur. Sean is working towards earning his degree of liberal studies with concentration in political science, women’s and gender studies and marketing, with minors in law and queer studies. Last summer, Sean interned for JQ International, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that builds and strengthens a community that nurtures a healthy fusion of LGBTQ and Jewish identities. Sean brought his passion for Israel to college to help and co-found the first pro-Israel club at Pace University- bringing SSI to the Big Apple.