Nazi piece of work? US newspaper likens Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler – Philadelphia Daily News

December 9, 2015 12:13 pm

A newspaper has likened to Hitler on its front page
as the Republican presidential candidate stood by his anti-Muslim
The Philadelphia Daily evoked Nazi imagery
on its front page with a tight profile shot of the front-runner, right
arm extended up and out at a 45-degree angle and the headline “The New

front page seems to reflect political reaction – both Republican and
Democrat – to Trump’s call to block all Muslims from entering the United

Trump stood by his call and took a swipe at critics when pressed on the issue.
don’t care about them,” Trump told CNN when asked about denunciation of
the idea by fellow Republican. “I’m doing what’s right.”
defended his plan for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering
the ” by comparing it with President Franklin Roosevelt’s
decision to intern Japanese Americans during World War II.
is a president who was highly respected by all,” Trump said on Tuesday.
“If you look at what he was doing, it was far worse.”

Asked what his message was for American Muslims, he said
“we love you. We want to work with you, we want you to turn in the bad
In defence of his plan, he said: “Paris is no longer the
safe city it was. They have sections in Paris that are radicalised,
where the police refuse to go there. They’re petrified. The police
refuse to go in there. We have places in London and other places that
are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives. We
have to be very smart and very vigilant.”

‘Unhelpful and divisive’

idea announced by Trump drew swift rebukes, some from abroad. British
Prime Minister David Cameron slammed it as “divisive, unhelpful and
quite simply wrong”. Muslims in the United States and around the world
denounced the idea unconstitutional or offensive.
House Speaker
Paul Ryan told his Republican colleagues that Trump’s comments on
Muslims is “not who we are” as a party or American people.
The front page of the Philadelphia Daily News
pictured Trump holding his right hand out as if in a Nazi salute with
the headline “The New Furor.” In morning TV interviews Tuesday on ABC
and CNN, Trump was asked about being compared to Hitler.

The candidate didn’t back down, saying that banning all
Muslims “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the
hell is going on” is warranted after attacks by Muslim extremists in
Paris and last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, California, that
killed 14.
“We are now at war,” Trump said, adding: “We have a President who doesn’t want to say that.”
proposed ban would apply to immigrants and visitors alike, a sweeping
prohibition affecting all adherents of a religion practised by more than
a billion people worldwide.
Trump announced his plan to cheers and applause at a Monday evening rally in South Carolina.
we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous
threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks
by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or
respect for human life,” Trump said in a written statement explaining
his position.
At the rally he referred to the 9/11 attacks,
warning that without drastic action, “it’s going to get worse and worse,
you’re going to have more World Trade Centers”.
Rod Weader, a
68-year-old real estate agent from North Charleston who attended the
rally and said he agreed with Trump’s plan “150 per cent”.
“As he says, we have to find out who they are and why they are here,” he said.

‘Donald Trump is unhinged’

the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more, a
number of Republican presidential contenders have proposed restrictions
on Syrian refugees – with several suggesting preference for Christians
seeking asylum – and tighter surveillance in the US.
But Trump’s
proposed ban goes much further, and his Republican rivals were quick to
reject the latest provocation from a candidate who has delivered no
shortage of them. “Donald Trump is unhinged,” Jeb Bush said via Twitter.
“His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”
John Kasich slammed
Trump’s “outrageous divisiveness,” while a more measured Ted Cruz, who
has always been cautious about upsetting Trump’s supporters, said,
“Well, that is not my policy.”
Trump’s plan also drew criticism
from the heads of the Republican Party in Iowa, New Hampshire and South
Carolina, the first three states to vote in next year’s presidential
“It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it
is un-American,” said Jennifer Horn, chairwoman of the Republican Party
of New Hampshire.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said
Trump’s proposed ban would apply to “everybody,” including Muslims
seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the
In an interview on Fox News, Trump said Muslim
members of the US armed forces would “come home” and that his plan would
“not apply to people living in the country”.
In the late 1800s,
Congress passed legislation broadly aimed at halting Chinese
immigration. But, said Leti Volpp, a University of California expert on
immigration law, “there is no precedent for a religious litmus test for
admitting immigrants into the United States”.
“Excluding almost a
quarter of the world’s population from setting foot in the United
States based solely upon their religious identity would never pass
constitutional muster,” Volpp said.
Trump’s proposal came a day
after President Barack Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office
about the shootings in San Bernardino, which Obama said was “an act of
terrorism designed to kill innocent people”.
The FBI said on
Monday the Muslim couple who carried out the massacre had been
radicalised and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one
case within days of the attack last week that killed 14 people.
campaign has been marked by a pattern of inflammatory statements,
dating back to his harsh rhetoric about Mexican immigrants. He has taken
a particularly hard line against Muslims in the days since the Paris
attacks, advocating enhanced surveillance of mosques due to fears over
“Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a
lynch mob than a great nation like ours,” said Nihad Awad, national
executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “He and
others are playing into the hands of Isis. This is exactly what Isis
wants from Americans: to turn against each other.”

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