In more of the same overwrought rhetoric that has become commonplace on CNN, one of the network’s hosts ventured into territory that was once thought to be beyond the pale.
On Tuesday’s edition of “New Day” with Alisyn Camerota, host John Avlon took advantage of the weekend’s horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue to invoke the Holocaust as a way to attack President Trump.
There have been no shortage of Hitler or Nazi analogies over the past two years, but this could be a new low for the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news.”
During the segment, Avlon made the ridiculous and obscene comparison of Trump’s America first policies to Kristallnacht, which is a night that will forever live in historical infamy.
While Camerota and the unctuous David Gregory nodded along, Avlon made the case that being pro-American and against globalism is essentially the same as being a Nazi sympathizer in historical terms.
"The original incarnation of 'America First'" happened when "many Americans turned a blind eye to Kristallnacht and other things," says @JohnAvlon: "They were accused of anti-Semitism … and this President has adopted that mantle without any apparent caring of that legacy" pic.twitter.com/PNaTkg7uur
— New Day (@NewDay) October 30, 2018
CNN senior political analyst John Avlon compared President Donald Trump’s “America First” platform to Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht, saying a lack of globalism is responsible for a rise in violence against Jews.
Avlon compared those who want to put America first with World War II isolationists who “turned a blind eye” to racial animosity and the anti-Semitic rise of the Nazis.
“Part of the problem is that this president — you talked about the 1930s and how many Americans turned a blind eye to Kristallnacht and other things. At that same time was the original incarnation of America first, a group of isolationists that did not want to intervene against Hitler and they were accused of anti-Semitism with great credibility,” he continued. “And this president has adopted that mantle without any apparent caring of that legacy.”
The History Channel describes Kristallnacht:
On November 9 to November 10, 1938, in an incident known as “Kristallnacht”, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became chancellor of Germany. However, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse. During World War II (1939-45), Hitler and the Nazis implemented their so-called “Final Solution” to the what they referred to as the “Jewish problem,” and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews in what came to be known as the Holocaust.
In a nutshell, there is no comparison to anything that Trump has said or done that is even remotely comparable to it.
While Avlon stopped short of calling the president an outright anti-Semite, the inference was certainly there and so was the intellectual laziness.
We have now reached the point where history no longer matters, as it originally occurred thanks to the failure of our educational system and leftist propaganda.
Not that they ever bother reading anything but the political left should pick up a copy of William L. Shirer’s definitive historical account The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich and devote some serious time to get through it.
Even though it was published in 1960, Shirer’s exhaustive book is still the definitive work on Nazi Germany – although Richard J. Evans’ more recent trilogy is also notable – and if one wants to understand that America under President Donald Trump has nothing in common with that dark era they must acknowledge history.
A much more accurate comparison to Nazi Germany would be CNN which stacks up favorably against the vast propaganda machine deployed by Joseph Goebbels.
It used to be that exploiting the Holocaust to score cheap political points was beyond the pale but it’s the new normal at CNN.