Media dredges up decades-old Hitler speech accusations against Trump from late ex-wife Ivana

 December 19, 2023

The media has often sought to negatively link former President Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler for years, and that tradition has continued with the recent resurrection of Hitler-related commentary three decades ago from his late ex-wife Ivana Trump, according to the Daily Beast.

Per a 1990 interview conducted after the couple's public split and divorce, the bitter ex-wife accused her domineering former husband of keeping a collection of Hitler's speeches in a bedside cabinet, as well as of typically receiving a sort of "Heil Hitler" salute from one particular employee, albeit likely as a joke.

What isn't a joke, however, is the media's incessant efforts to smear Trump as some sort of Hitler-incarnate would-be authoritarian dictator that, if re-elected to a second term, poses an existential threat to democracy, the nation, and the entire world.

Hitler comparisons evoked again following controversial campaign rhetoric

The resurfacing of Ivana Trump's decades-old Hitler accusations against former President Trump came as the leading 2024 candidate reportedly used anti-migrant language in two recent campaign speeches that some asserted was similar to language used in the Nazi tyrant's "Mein Kampf" manifesto, according to Mediaite.

During two separate campaign events over the weekend, Trump is said to have accused illegal immigrants of "poisoning the blood of our country" -- a phrase that Hitler had applied to Jews during his rise to power in Germany.

That raised the question among some if Trump had ever actually read Hitler's infamous book, which in turn led to the recollection of the post-divorce accusations from Ivana.

Those comments had been shared midway through a lengthy 1990 profile piece of the Trumps by Vanity Fair in a section that seemed to focus on Trump's apparent aversion to publicly recognizing his family's German heritage.

Trump's German heritage and an alleged collection of Hitler speeches

The Vanity Fair article stated, "Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, 'Heil Hitler,' possibly as a family joke."

"Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed," the piece continued. "Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist."

The reporter asked Trump directly about his alleged possession of the Hitler speeches, but seemed to suggest that he had received a copy of Hitler's book from a Jewish friend in Hollywood -- a claim the author and the Hollywood friend disputed.

Trump was later alleged to have told the Vanity Fair reporter, "If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them."

The reporter went on to speculate at that time, "Is Ivana trying to convince her friends and lawyer that Trump is a crypto-Nazi? Trump is no reader or history buff. Perhaps his possession of Hitler’s speeches merely indicates an interest in Hitler’s genius at propaganda. The Führer often described his defeats at Stalingrad and in North Africa as great victories. Trump continues to endow his diminishing world with significance as well."

Hitler comparisons have grown old and lost their sting

The media have been comparing former President Trump to Hitler since before he was elected, and any Google search will turn up millions of results of articles from at least 2015 to the current day that make such comparisons based on a particular remark uttered by Trump or one of his close associates.

Such comparisons have grown tired and stale, however, and are no longer embossed with the same sort of shock value they once carried. They instead now reek of desperation on the part of reporters who are beside themselves at the thought that, despite their worst efforts over the years to smear and destroy Trump's reputation among the American people, he stands poised to once again win the presidency and reside in the White House as the most powerful man in the world for another four-year term.

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