Recently, Hillary Clinton stepped forward to try and establish a comparison between the people who support former President Donald Trump and Nazis due to the simple act of pointing to the sky as part of a campaign rally.
While making an appearance to speak at the Texas Tribune festival held this past Friday out in Austin, Texas, the former first lady, secretary of state, and failed 2016 presidential candidate told a story about when she was a student, stating that she had wondered why people throughout the 1930s and 40s were so heavily enthralled with Adolf Hitler. Clinton seemed to imply that a very similar happening was taking place in regards to the supporters of former President Trump because, like when Hitler held his rallies, people in attendance at Trump rallies raised their arms in the air while he was giving his speech.
“I remember as a young student, you know, trying to figure out, how people get basically drawn in by Hitler,” stated Clinton. “How did that happen? I’d watch newsreels and I’d see this guy standing up there ranting and raving, and people shouting and raising their arms. I thought, ‘What’s happened to these people?’”
“You saw the rally in Ohio the other night,” she went on to state. “Trump is there ranting and raving for more than an hour, and you have these rows of young men with their arms raised. I thought, ‘What is going on?’ So there is a real pressure, and I think it is fair to say we’re in a struggle between democracy and autocracy.”
Hillary Clinton likens Trump supporters to Nazis during remarks at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) September 24, 2022
Clinton seemed to be making reference to the “Save America” rally hosted by Trump on September 17th out in Youngstown, Ohio. Trump finished off his statements with a prepared monologue set to a quite dramatic soundtrack. As Trump was talking, his supporters in the crowd raised their arms and pointed up with their index fingers. Several commentators made the claim that the action was heavily associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory, but many others stated that the crowd was just simply highlighting the number one in reference to Trump’s “America First” message.
Clinton was not the first or only left-wing persona to try and compare the Trump supporters to the Nazi party in the wake of the rally. Jennifer Rubin, a columnist for the Washington Post, made the claim that these supporters of Trump pointing in the air “bore an uncanny resemblance to the infamous Nazi salute.” Other left-wingers, such as feminist author Joyce Carol Oates, Harvard professor emeritus Laurence Tribe, retired Army General and MSNBC contributor Barry McCaffrey, and one left-wing legal group, Citizens for Ethics, all seemed to be reaching out to try and compare the rally attendees to Nazis via social media.
“As usual, the media is working hand in hand with the Democrats weeks before an election,” expressed Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, as part of a statement to the New York Post. “It seems like perpetual-failed-candidate Hillary Clinton’s basket of deplorables has run stale, not unlike herself. It’s pathetic, it’s divisive, and it is further cementing her legacy of cringe.”
Previously, Clinton infamously slammed Trump supporters with the label of “deplorables” throughout the 2016 election. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables,’” expressed Clinton at that time. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
These comments from Clinton seem to mirror the rhetoric of President Joe Biden in his attack against so-called “MAGA Republicans.”