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Hitlerian GOP Hysteria Is Anti-Semitic and Un-American—Michael Haas

Hitlerian GOP Hysteria Is Anti-Semitic and Un-American

At a time when voters are trying to pick a presidential candidate with good judgment and wisdom, Hitlerian rhetoric has taken hold inside the Republican Party.

Donald Trump’s proposal to round up 11 million undocumented Mexicans and return them to México was the first salvo, reminiscent not only of Hitler’s relocation of 12 million Germans in Eastern Europe to Austria and Germany and 6 million hauled to Nazi death camps, but also Stalin’s relocation of 6 million Eastern Europeans to Central Asia.

Now, after the Paris massacre, Republican candidates are jumping on a bandwagon of opposition to receiving refugees from the Middle East.

Now, after the Paris massacre, Republican candidates are jumping on a bandwagon of opposition to receiving refugees from the Middle East. Senator Ted Cruz and candidate Ben Carson want to stop refugees from “that part of the world” (Carson) and from “territory substantially controlled by a terrorist organization” (Cruz), which would mean Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Senator Marco Rubio, son of refugees, originally supported admitting refugees from Syria. But after his fellow Republicans became hysterical, he caved and now opposes any. Rand Paul not only has joined the no-refugees clamor but also wants to deny welfare benefits to all refugees, even from other parts of the world.

Donald Trump would ban all Syrian refugees, both Christian and Muslim, from entering the United States. Candidate Jeb Bush wants to prioritize Christians from Syria. Although Mike Huckabee appears to agree with Bush, he supports Rand Paul’s position. Rick Santorum wants no Christian refugees because they might really be terrorists.

Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich have joined 29 governors in insisting that no refugees should be settled in their states. The decision to relocate a group of refugees to Indiana was then scrubbed after three years of planning, and they were sent instead to Connecticut. Former New York Governor George Pataki also opposes admitting Syrian refugees.

For Carly Fiorina, the slogan is “Stop the Flow!” Lindsay Graham wants a “time out.”

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Today, Republicans mirror efforts during the 1930s to block Jewish refugees into the United States. In 1939, for example, a refugee ship carrying about a thousand Jews fleeing the Nazis tried to dock in a Florida port but was denied admittance into any American port and sailed back to Europe. The reason then was that unemployment was too high, yet that is exactly the same argument made by candidate Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor, even though unemployment is not a problem now.

Moreover, Carson has spoken approvingly of the relocation of Japanese to internment camps during World War II. And Trump has not ruled out the idea of having Muslim citizens of the United States carry special cards, similar to Jews who were forced to wear badges in Nazi Germany.

What is most remarkable of all is that no major voice has condemned the hysteria as anti-Semitic, as all persons originating in the Middle East are known as Semites, not just Jews. And no major figure has labelled the rhetoric as un-American, contrary to the constitution and a negation of civil rights laws on the books for more than fifty years.

For Carly Fiorina, the slogan is “Stop the Flow!” Lindsay Graham wants a “time out.”

Today, Republicans mirror efforts during the 1930s to block Jewish refugees into the United States. In 1939, for example, a refugee ship carrying about a thousand Jews fleeing the Nazis tried to dock in a Florida port but was denied admittance into any American port and sailed back to Europe. The reason then was that unemployment was too high, yet that is exactly the same argument made by candidate Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor, even though unemployment is not a current problem.

Moreover, Carson has spoken approvingly of the relocation of Japanese to internment camps during World War II. And Trump has not ruled out the idea of having Muslim citizens of the United States carry special cards, similar to Jews who were forced to wear badges in Nazi Germany.

What is most remarkable of all is that no major voice has condemned the hysteria as anti-Semitic, as all persons originating in the Middle East are known as Semites, not just Jews. And no major figure has labelled the rhetoric as un-American, contrary to the Constitution and a negation of civil rights laws on the books for more than fifty years.

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Democratic Party candidates have been reasonable but not loud enough to counter the Hitlerian hysteria.

Michael Haas