A Norwegian journalist wondered whether Americans who voted Trump in 2016 are going to regret it as much as the Germans who voted for Hitler in 1933 did in 1945, as the Third Reich came tumbling down.
Journalist Helge Simonnes, the former editor-in-chief of the Christian newspaper Vårt Land, has ruffled many feathers by drawing a startling parallel between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.
In his opinion piece in the newspaper Dagsavisen, titled “A Tarzan Against Corona”, Simonnes wondered whether Americans who voted Trump in 2016 are going to regret it as much as the Germans who voted for Hitler in 1933 did in 1945, as the war ended in bitter defeat.
Simonnes expanded his comparison and further narrowed the question to Christian voters:
Furthermore, Simonnes called Trump voters “blood fans” and introduced the term “Trump shame”.
“However, much like German voters in 1945, there must be many Americans now who feel like they’ve been cheated. Maybe they feel Trump shame. Did they want a president who despises medical expertise and regularly puts forward alternative and special theories about the solution to the pandemic that China is claimed to have inflicted upon the US?” Simonnes asks.
However, Simonnes’ poignant similes sparked a strong reactions among the readership. Many found the Hitler comparison distasteful and overblown.
“Yet another brain-dead Hitler analogy. Helge Simonnes should be ashamed!”, another one mused.
“Imagine how mainstream media managed to brainwash so many into hating a man they probably know very little about. Another four years of irrational hatred in the media. Well, Trump brings the hypocrites to light and puts the idiots in place,” another one joined in.
Another reader wrote of “this clan of socially destructive journalists and editors, who don’t act as a journalist but only as a political agitator for the left-wing extremists”.
Others, by contrast, were supportive of the comparison and critical of Trump, some even calling him “orange man”, “inept fool and clown” and “narcissist liar”.
“If you don’t think Trump is a repulsive psychopath then you have either a clinical inversion of reality or a personality disorder. No point in discussing with the cultists,” one reply said.
Simonnes edited Oslo-based Vårt Land, one of Norway’s largest Christian daily newspapers, between 1990 and 2016. He is currently active with the Dagsavisen daily, which was owned by the Labour Party for over a century.