EDITOR’S NOTE: The Washington Post editorial cartoon by Darrin Bell and Don Bergman’s guest column were two separate pieces of content that appeared on The Sentinel’s July 10 opinion page; they are not affiliated with one another and were clearly labeled as such.
I was disturbed by Don Bergman’s guest column (“My Take: Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous,” July 10) and a caricature of a Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) uniform with the swastikas removed and the Trump "T" replacing it.
Holding what appears as a Nazi document complete with the Nazi eagle with the swastika removed and replaced with a trump "T" in its place. It is hard to comprehend such a vile, offensive, divisive comparison of a duly elected president and his supporters with that of Hitler.
I also feel compelled to disagree with what Bergman stated. President Trump is not responsible for the deaths of 20 million people in World War II or the extermination of 6 million Jews. Any comparison is just nonsense. What further troubles me is, at his apparent senior status, is his complete and total lack of historical knowledge.
Firstly, I want to point out I am the grandson of a WWII vet. Hitler and his cronies took away free market healthcare from the people just like our Democrat Party did in 2009 with Obamacare to replace it with "universal" style healthcare. Helps to keep people from uprising against you if you control their healthcare.
Hitler, in the name of hunter safety, disarmed his citizens — a disarmed citizenry is less likely to rebel. Hitler also took control of all grants and tuitions to control the youth who were not raised in his camps. Hitler also took control of the media, disseminating lies and deceit similar to what we see today. Joseph Goebbels was in charge of the propaganda to control the people from uprising.
Last but not least, Hitler wanted certain speech banned — anything HE found offensive — whether it was or not.
In a nutshell, my point is I was highly offended by such an irrational use of Nazism.