Trump Compares U.S. to Nazi Germany After Intelligence Leak

Trump Compares US to Nazi Germany After Intelligence Leak

After CNN published a breaking news story yesterday detailing a two page synopsis of a set of intelligence memos being taken more seriously by the intelligence community, Buzzfeed took the unusual step of publishing those memos for the public to review. The memos had been circulating around the mainstream political and media community since well before the election but because of the difficulty of verifying the information hadn’t been presented to the public.

After the memos went public, Donald Trump had what can best be described as a meltdown not only citing a right-wing propaganda site (known for outright conspiracy theories) to ‘debunk’ Buzzfeed to shouting in all caps about a political witch hunt.

That should have been the end of it – but it wasn’t.

He woke up early this morning and began demonstrating just how much the allegations upset him through the following tweet storm:

And then he topped it all off by tweeting:

First and foremost, of course Russia is going to deny they have incriminating evidence against President Elect Donald Trump regardless of the truth of the matter. That’s global politics 101. Admitting they spied on Trump during his visits would give credence to the verified evidence the global intelligence community has collected about Russia’s efforts to manipulate the U.S. elections to install Trump.

Moreover, other evidence – outside of the leaked memos – already proves Trump is lying when he claims he has no connections to Russia. The direct server connection with Alfa Bank alone demonstrates that.

But respectable outlets like the Washington Post and Time documented “many many many many ties” between Trump and Russia. Many of his own surrogates and campaign staff (past and present) have direct connections to Russia (such as retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone). The idea that he has nothing to do with Russia is almost as amusing as the most-publicized not-family-friendly sexual perversion rumor now circulating thanks to the leaked memos.

But perhaps what’s most concerning about Trump’s tweets – the ones leading up to the grand Nazi finale – is the belief Trump is riding into office on a landslide vote with a popular mandate when that just isn’t the truth. He lost the popular vote by millions and was elected by an electoral college majority vote ranking as one of the lowest  / closest races in history.

Also, no one knows if the memos are true or not – that’s the entire reason the mainstream media community is debating whether Buzzfeed’s release is justified. That they did so demonstrates the effect months of Russian hacked emails being released, publicized and analyzed by that same media had as precedent on a community who previously prided themselves on ensuring something was vetted before going to press.

Just as Trump benefited from the ongoing stolen email dumps courtesy of Russia, he is now experiencing the brute force of that same style of attack. The memos allegedly come from former British intelligence gathered and disseminated to U.S. media and intelligence last fall. Mainstream media sat on it through the election as they tried to vet it, but couldn’t. It wasn’t until the intelligence community saw enough merit in the memos to assemble a two page synopsis to brief President Obama, Congress, and Trump that the memos took on new life.

That all leads to Trump’s argument that an intelligence leak held by the entirety of the mainstream media community throughout the election and published after the intelligence community’s attention gave it some credibility somehow makes the United States the same as Nazi Germany.

The man about to lead the nation seriously labeled his country a nation akin to the regime that slaughtered millions of people in the name of racial purity and hegemony.

As Zack Beauchamp at Vox eloquently put it,

There’s part of me that just wants to be furious at Trump for trivializing the memory of Nazi Germany like this. We are not, in fact, living in a totalitarian nightmare where Jews are slaughtered in camps, like most of my family was. This kind of casual invocation of Nazism is offensive enough when it comes from random Twitter troll accounts. But to come from the soon-to-be president of the United States, it’s hard to take.

But the real question is – even if the intelligence community is engaging in pushing the memos and intelligence against Trump as a punishment for his ongoing refusal to believe them – how does this make us Nazi Germany? What about the current set of events is in any way, shape or form Nazi-related?

It appears the incoming President is no better than the millions of trolls on Twitter who invoke the regime responsible for targeting and murdering millions of its own people to express anger and hurt feelings. Only now we have an alleged leader who would belittle the memory of the millions who died to explain why the intelligence and media communities hurt his feelings.

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he's worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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