Trump: Hitler Comparisons Are 'Terrible,' 'Ridiculous'

'I'm not happy about that'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2016 3:37 PM CST
Trump: Hitler Comparisons Are 'Terrible,' 'Ridiculous'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Monday in Mississippi.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump isn't super thrilled to learn he's being compared to Adolf Hitler with increasing frequency. "It's a terrible comparison," CNN quotes Trump as saying on Good Morning America Tuesday. "I'm not happy about that certainly." He also called the comparison "ridiculous" on The Today Show. The most recent wave of Hitler comparisons stems from Trump asking rally attendees to raise their right hands and pledge to support him, ABC News reports. The result ends up looking something like a mass Nazi salute. "They're raising their hands in the form of a vote, not in the form of a salute," CNN quotes Trump as saying on Morning Joe. "I mean, we're having such a great time," he tells Today. "They'll start screaming at me, 'Do the swear-in, do the swear-in!'"

Current Mexican president Peña Nieto compared Trump's campaign to that of Hitler, and former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Trump "reminds me of Hitler." Comedian Louis CK said "the guy is Hitler," and Anne Frank's stepsister said Trump is "acting like another Hitler." Glenn Beck, Bill Maher, SNL, and a former New Jersey governor have all recently made the comparison as well. "As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious, and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” a former director of the Anti-Defamation League tells the Washington Post. Trump says he'll consider doing away with the pledge at his rallies. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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