WASHINGTON, DC- In a controversial move, historians around the world have begun referring to Hitler as Trump-like in an attempt to help children understand just how fucked-up Hitler was.
Comparing people we disagree with to Hitler has been a time-honored tradition since roughly five seconds after WWII and President Donald Trump is certainly no stranger to the practice, but this might be the first time in recorded history that a world leader has surpassed the feelings of intense hatred that Hitler inspired. Historians aren’t saying that Trump has committed worse atrocities than Hitler, he’s still quite a few million deaths shy of that claim, but they’re prepared to bet that this Presidency is going to surpass that of the late Chancellor of Germany before all is said and done.
One historian, Jamie Butthousen, said in an interview with the Associated Press, “Kid these days just don’t really get Hitler. They know he was a bad guy and that he hurt and killed a lot of people based on racist assumptions but they don’t really seem to understand that he didn’t walk up to a podium one day, proclaim, ‘We’re going to kill all the Jews!’ and receive thunderous applause. It was much more nuanced than that. Much more, to use a modern phrase, Trumpian.”
When a reporter for the Washington Post asked Butthousen if he thought that perhaps it was a little premature to be comparing Hitler to Trump, Butthousen replied, “That’s exactly what they said about comparing Hitler to… whoever it was that people compared bad people to before Hitler. As a historian, I should probably know who they compared bad people to before Hitler. Uh, maybe Satan? Or that guy that pretended that the shoelaces were spaghetti and charged people to come watch him eat them? That’s not fair, he just had a similar mustache. Please don’t take my History License away.”
Whether you think the movement to call Hitler Trump-like is premature or not, get ready to start seeing it in your children’s history text books.