It seems the UK’s Johnson government isn’t the only political organisation copying whole chapters from the Nazi playbook.
US President Donald Trump has announced a plan to set up what critics have already dubbed his own version of the Hitler Youth – the scheme that was used to indoctrinate millions of German youngsters into Nazism in the 1930s and 40s.
The plan was announced in a Constitution Day speech at the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum. Here’s CNN:
“We must clear away the web of twisted lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world,” Trump said.
The President also called The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project aimed at teaching American students about slavery, “toxic propaganda.”
In an apparent countering of the project’s narrative, Trump announced that he would be establishing a “national commission to promote patriotic education” called the 1776 Commission.
Apparently he said he wanted to counter “the liberal indoctrination” – mark that word – “of America’s youth”. But isn’t “indoctrination” exactly what he’s planning to do to them?
That’s another classic ploy of the Johnson government – doing something questionable but accusing somebody else of the crime.
It didn’t work – as these tweets demonstrate:
I cannot see "trump Youth" without seeing Hitler Youth.
100% positive I'm not alone.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 17, 2020
Trump promises to sign an executive order on patriotic education in schools — which is another way of saying that in the future, all of America's youth will be educated, trained, and indoctrinated in Trump ideology.
To put it simply, Trump Youth = Hitler Youth.
— Bill Madden (@maddenifico) September 17, 2020
So basically he wants to establish America's "Hitler Youth"?
I have relatives who grew up in the American school system and it's already as flag waving star spangled patriotic as it can be.
He's talking about Republican indoctrination.
— Stephen LeGresley (Black Lives Matter) (@S_LeGresley) September 17, 2020
Trump youth is the 2020 version of a 1930s Hitler youth, Donald Trump needs to be removed from office now. pic.twitter.com/1jgLcMOe6e
— KeanoTheDog (@judgeyourself99) September 17, 2020
It seems Trump wants to create a new generation of stormtroopers for his far-right ideology.
Hitler’s version of that was nicknamed the Brown Shirts.
Perhaps we could call anyone who signs up to this the “Brown Shorts”?
In all seriousness, though, this is a terrifying development.
It shows that the most powerful nation on the planet is on the brink of totalitarianism. Will its citizens choose sanity in the election this November?
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