New York Times columnist: Trump uses lies to manipulate people the same way Hitler did

New York Times columnist: Trump uses lies to manipulate people the same way Hitler did
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A columnist for The New York Times said President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE lies to manipulate people in the same ways that Adolf Hitler did.

In a column published Thursday, titled, "Trump isn't Hitler. But the Lying...," columnist Charles M. Blow cited James Murphy's translation of Hitler's "Mein Kampf."

Blow said no one could read about Hitler's strategy of lying and "not be immediately struck by how similar this strategy of lying is to Donald Trump's seeming strategy of lying."


"Tell a lie bigger than people think a lie can be, thereby forcing their brains to seek truth in it, or vest some faith in it, even after no proof can be found," he wrote.

"Trump is no Hitler, but the way he has manipulated the American people with outrageous lies, stacked one on top of the other, has an eerie historical resonance. Demagogy has a fixed design," Blow wrote.

Blow said Trump has figured out a way to "couch" his lies so people believe they "don't emanate from him but pass through him."

"He is not a producer but a projector," he wrote.

One way Trump does this is by using caveats such as "I was told" or "Lots of people are saying," Blow said.

"This is not a simple fear of the truth; it is a weaponizing of untruth. It is the use of the lie to assault and subdue. It is Trump doing to political ends what Hitler did to more brutal ends: using mass deception as masterful propaganda," the columnist wrote.

Blow said the world has seen powerful leaders use lying in the past as a form of mass deception and it is seeing it now.

History repeats, he added, but the results don't have to be the same.

"It can manifest as a multitude of other, lesser horrors, in both protocol and policy, including the corrosion and regression of country and culture," he wrote.

"That is the very real threat we are facing. Trump isn’t necessarily a direct threat to your life — unless of course you are being kept alive by health care that he keeps threatening, or if you’re in Puerto Rico reeling in the wake of two hurricanes — but he is very much a threat to your quality of life," he continued.

"The only question is: Are enough Americans sufficiently discerning to understand that this time they are the ones being manipulated?" Blow asked.