Whether it’s wishing President Trump “death or mobbing an innocent restaurateur, his fiercest critics eagerly bathe themselves in muck all in the name of ‘resisting.'”
The clearest example of Trump’s ability to turn his critics into self-identifying deranged persons lacking any clear sense of perspective appears in the world of political punditry, where so many ostensibly keen and evenhanded analysts have outed themselves as aggressively ignorant historical illiterates.
On Monday, for example, CNN and ABC News contributor Ana Navarro responded to news that Andrew McCabe had stepped down as FBI deputy director by comparing the ordeal to the Holocaust.
According to Navarro, the loss of one more FBI chief is somehow as bad as “the systematic roundup and extermination of six million Jews,” no less.
Unfortunately, Navarro’s brand of silliness isn’t even all that unique in the current media landscape. She’s far from being alone in responding to the rise of Trumpism by tossing aside all semblance of restraint.
Trump is a lot of things. He is rash, impetuous, impulsive and generally unfit for the job. His tenure in the White House, and the general deterioration of national politics on his watch, will have real, lasting consequences, few of which are likely to be good.
He is not, however, just like Mao, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot or any of the other 20th-century dictators who are directly responsible for the wholesale slaughter of millions of human beings.