Donald Trump shrugs off comparisons to Hitler
Plan to bar Muslims from entering U.S. brings criticism, comparisons to Nazi leader
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shrugged off comparisons to Hitler on Tuesday after he called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
In a phone interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Trump was characteristically blunt about such criticisms.
GS: "You're being increasingly compared to Hitler. Does that bother you?" Trump: "No."—@AliABCNews
"No, what I'm doing is no different from FDR." - Donald Trump on comparisons to Hitler—@GMA
Trump referred here to Franklin Roosevelt's ordered internment of 100,000 Japanese-American civilians during the Second World War.
On MSNBC, the subject of Japanese internment also came up.
Asked repeatedly, Donald Trump refuses to say if he thinks the internment of Japanese-Americans violated American values.—@ddale8
The interviews on four major American morning news shows came after Trump on Monday called for the ban on Muslims entering the U.S. "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
This prompted many comparisons to the Nazi leader Adolph Hilter in news media and social media.
One of the most blatant was the front page of the Philadelphia Daily News and its headline pun on Hitler's title "fuehrer."
Today's Daily News, 12/08/15 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DNFrontpage?src=hash">#DNFrontpage</a> <a href="https://t.co/MTxKv11oBd">pic.twitter.com/MTxKv11oBd</a>—@PhillyDailyNews
A similar photo was used in the Times of Israel.
Times of Israel turns Trump into Hitler <a href="https://t.co/YwddLoKG7N">pic.twitter.com/YwddLoKG7N</a>—@justinjm1
And the news website Mondoweiss went with this picture.
Trump proposal to ban Muslims from US relies on debunked poll from pro-Israel think tank <a href="https://t.co/YTJsIvyYpj">https://t.co/YTJsIvyYpj</a> <a href="https://t.co/nKaU1jnG9a">pic.twitter.com/nKaU1jnG9a</a>—@Mondoweiss
Overnight, news editors went from “We can’t use that shot of Trump. He looks like Hitler” to “He looks like Hitler in that one. USE IT."—@Ihnatko
There were many columnists, commentators and others comparing Trump to Hitler on Twitter.
I used to wonder how Adolph Hitler could come to power. We're seeing a modern blueprint in 2015 with Donald Trump.—@ShaunKing
.<a href="https://twitter.com/ShaunKing">@ShaunKing</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> has gone full blown Nazi on us <a href="https://t.co/BPnZoJyggu">https://t.co/BPnZoJyggu</a> <a href="https://t.co/pVF1QAGna1">pic.twitter.com/pVF1QAGna1</a>—@NYDailyNews
Can I see this in the original German? <a href="https://t.co/IBwPYxLdWx">https://t.co/IBwPYxLdWx</a>—@hiltzikm
We are now at the point where it is reckless and irresponsible to not compare Trump to Hitler.—@FrankConniff
Who said it: Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler? <a href="https://t.co/TeNQGqlsDO">https://t.co/TeNQGqlsDO</a> <a href="https://t.co/14mift70xs">pic.twitter.com/14mift70xs</a>—@Telegraph
This isn't the first time that Trump has faced questions about his thoughts on Hitler's politics.
That time in 1990 when Donald Trump got awkward about whether he loves Hitler’s speeches <a href="https://t.co/G1qjUfvQNZ">https://t.co/G1qjUfvQNZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/k2Dmzqq0Yd">pic.twitter.com/k2Dmzqq0Yd</a>—@Kia_Mak