“Vermin:” Straight Up Hitler-Speak From Trump

Over the weekend, Donald Trump twice referred to Americans who don’t align themselves ideologically with him as “vermin.”

The words appeared in a Truth Social post on Veterans Day.

Later that day he used the phrase at a rally in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York University, said in an email to The Washington Post that “calling people ‘vermin’ was used effectively by Hitler and Mussolini to dehumanize people and encourage their followers to engage in violence.”

“Trump is also using projection: note that he mentions all kinds of authoritarians ‘communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left’ to set himself up as the deliverer of freedom,” Ben-Ghiat said. “Mussolini promised freedom to his people too and then declared dictatorship.”


Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung explained that “those who try to make that ridiculous assertion are clearly snowflakes grasping for anything because they are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome and their entire existence will be crushed when President Trump returns to the White House.”

In Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler’s 1925 autobiographical manifesto “Mein Kampf,” which translates to “My Struggle,” the fascist detailed his political ideology.

Meidas Touch, HuffPo, Washington Post