You knew it was going to happen. In fact, less than 24 hours after President Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, Michael Savage went full Godwin, comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler. Even more bizarrely, the comparison was to Hitler’s invasion of other nations.
“He’s in a long line of others who have taken the law onto themselves and said they’re not taking the law onto themselves, others who have said they’re acting within the law while they’re acting clearly outside of the law,” he said. “When Hitler invaded a neighboring country, he said he was simply taking back German land on Lebensraum, ‘living room.’”
Hitler, Savage explained, “took a neighbor’s countries away, but he didn’t do it illegally, he said he was doing it perfectly legally, like Obama.”
Let’s put this into syllogism form and see how it holds up:
P: Obama did something that I think is illegal (even though the Supreme Court and virtually every legal scholar says otherwise and every president for the last 70 years has done the same thing without a peep from Savage or his ideological allies).
P: Hitler did things that were illegal.
C: Therefore, Obama is like Hitler.
Yeah, not exactly a logical argument. But it isn’t intended to be. It’s just demonizing rhetoric with no basis in fact. It’s selling fear. What else does right wing talk radio have other than that?
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