Hysterical Bloomberg Columnist: Trump's 'America First' Speech Reminiscent of 'Nazi Era'

Media Panics At Thought Trump Will Actually Put America First
Chris Menahan

Apr. 28, 2016

Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake attacked Donald Trump for advocating a policy of "America First," saying the slogan is reminiscent of rhetoric during the "Nazi era."

"This slogan is most associated with aviator Charles Lindbergh," Lake said, "who spent a great deal of time in the late 1930s gushing at how wonderful the Third Reich was."

Trump = Hitler confirmed.

What more evidence do you need?

Via Bloomberg:
Trump's New Slogan Has Old Baggage From Nazi Era

Donald Trump has given up on winning historically literate voters. Consider the theme of his major foreign policy speech Wednesday: "America first."

This slogan is most associated with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who spent a great deal of time in the late 1930s gushing at how wonderful the Third Reich was. Before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh helped form "America First" committees that campaigned to keep the U.S. from fighting the Axis Powers. Lindbergh rose to become a demagogue and accused President Franklin Roosevelt of colluding with a Jewish lobby and Britain to drag America into World War II.

For years this phrase was toxic. Pat Buchanan has used it from time to time, but "America first" and the idea it represented -- American neutrality towards the Nazis -- has been largely banished from respectable discourse.

Now Trump is bringing the phrase back to the mainstream. He deploys it at his campaign rallies. And in his major foreign policy speech Wednesday, there it was right at the top. The real-estate magnate promised to "always put the interests of the American people first." He said: "That will be the foundation of every single decision I will make. 'America first' will be the major and overriding theme of our administration."

In fairness to Trump, the world is very different than it was when Nazis ruled Berlin. Historian Ron Radosh told me that Trump was channeling the memory of the isolationists of that era, but he also allowed that Trump "differentiates himself because clearly unlike Lindbergh, he is not an enemy of Jews or the Jewish state." (Though on the substance, Radosh added that he did not think it was "good for Israel to have a president who is so isolationist.")

Nonetheless, Trump's Lindbergh-like instincts were apparent in his speech Wednesday. He said he intended to hold NATO allies more accountable to pay a fair share for their defense. If they don't, he said, "the U.S. must be prepared to let them defend themselves."
The term "America First" was associated with something different in the past, therefore it pretty much means the same thing today, even though it doesn't.


Lake went on to attack Trump for his support of Russia and peddle baseless conspiracy theories suggesting he's only favorable toward the nation because he has "business dealings" in Moscow.
But the front-runner ought to be careful. If his political opponents were to attack him in kind, they might point to Trump's long history of business dealings with Moscow -- as my colleague Josh Rogin has reported. Perhaps they would ask whether Trump's soft stand on Russia was influenced by his new campaign adviser, Paul Manafort, who also sought real-estate deals with a Moscow-connected billionaire in Ukraine.

When you put it like that, America doesn't seem to be first for Trump's foreign policy at all.
There's nothing better for business than jumping into politics as a right-winger, leaving your popular TV show, having multiple contracts broken due to your political stances, placing all your businesses on hold, then spending huge amounts of your own personal money trying to get elected President.

Lake's hit piece is more evidence Trump is actually looking out for America, despite such an idea being "largely banished from respectable discourse," it's finally making a comeback and has the rats scurrying.

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