N.Y. Times Hitler biography review reads like it's talking about Trump

Pop quiz: The New York Times recently published an article about "a politician who rose to power through demagoguery, showmanship and nativist appeals to the masses. ... regarded by many as a self-obsessed 'clown' ... [who] fomented chaos by playing to crowds' fears and resentments." Which politician is it talking about?

If you said Adolf Hitler, you're right! If you said Donald Trump, you're not alone.

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Those quotes come from The Times' review of a new Hitler biography chronicling his rise to power. On the surface, the review dutifully records the book's observations about Hitler's journey from rabble-rousing orator to Germany's most powerful politician.

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But in tweets and headlines, reporters noted there was a lot of overlap between the writer's description of Hitler and common criticisms of Trump.

The Times has plausible deniability, of course; the article doesn't mention Trump by name even once. But regardless of the paper's intentions, the article is being treated as a 1,300-word subtweet of Trump.

The Hitler-Trump comparisons are nothing new: Hitler's rise to power gives the establishment a useful parable about the dangers of letting far-right populism overrun the government.

It might even be true that Trump is pushing the same buttons Hitler relied on. A January 2016 survey found Trump supporters tended to support authoritarian viewpoints.

But it's also worth noting America today isn't facing the same pressures as Germany in the 1930s. A severe economic crisis and a sustained campaign of violence made it easier for the Nazis to seize total control of the government.

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Trump, meanwhile, is relying on a strong anti-establishment sentiment in voters and his personal branding as a super-successful businessman. Those traits might propel Trump to power, but they seem less likely to destroy the republic.

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