Donald Trump’s vermin comment was ‘not a slip of the tongue,’ Rachel Maddow tells Stephen Colbert

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Former US President Donald Trump vowed to “eradicate the communists, Marxists, fascists and radical left thugs who live like vermin within the confines of our country” in a published article Saturday on Truth Social.

Trump’s choice of words sparked an outcry, as the term “vermin” was often infamously used by the Nazis to refer to Jews.

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Trump increasingly reflects the language of Adolf Hitler:

Trump says he will “eliminate the communist, Marxist, fascist and radical left thugs who live like vermin within the confines of our country…” @MeidasTouch

– The Intellectualist (@highbrow_nobrow) November 13, 2023

Trump used inflammatory and derogatory language to describe his opponents Saturday during a nearly two-hour Veterans Day speech in Claremont, New Hampshire.

“The threat from external forces is far less sinister, dangerous and serious than the threat from within,” he said.

Author and journalist Rachel Maddow appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday to promote her latest book, “Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism.”

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She said the former president deliberately uses dehumanizing language against his opponents and invites critics to label him a “fascist” as he seeks to return to power.

What did Maddow say on Stephen Colbert’s show?

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The Emmy-winning journalist, who hosts “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, reflected on the current state of political affairs in the United States in her conversation with Colbert.

Maddow admitted, “I feel like we’re in a time where there’s a rising anti-democratic movement in our politics, and that can be very disconcerting and very worrying.”

However, she shared her optimism, saying, “For me, it actually helps to know that Americans before us faced something just as bad or worse, and they did a very good job of dealing with it.” face. »

Asked about Trump’s recent Veterans Day speech, Maddow explained, “It’s not something he made fun of.” It seemed to have been in his teleprompter. It was 100 minutes into the speech, and after the speech he then posted with the same language about the Truth.

“And so that means it’s not a slip of the tongue. It’s something he’s doing deliberately. And if you know anything about fascist dictators, you know they call on the people to eliminate the vermin, n ‘is this not ?” she added.

Maddow continued: “You know, the dehumanizing language is the thing. It’s like the caricatured language of fascism. And so I think he’s doing it deliberately. And so Trump did it at the same time that we had these leaks, sort of. official leaks from his campaign that he wants to build camps for millions of people.”

Maddow shed light on Trump’s proposed “Insurrection Act,” saying, “He also wants to invoke something called the Insurrection Act, which would allow him to use U.S. military force against American civilians his home. from day one, which would give him, from that day on, the possibility of using the army against us at home. So by circulating all of these things at once and calling his opponents vermin, he is deliberately inviting criticism that he is behaving like a Hitler. or fascist like Mussolini.

Maddow on what makes Trump attractive to the right

When Colbert asked Maddow on the show why she thought Trump still enjoyed considerable appeal among right-wing voters, she responded, “Well, I think he’s inviting us to call him a fascist.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally April 27, 2023 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Trump, who currently faces a growing number of lawsuits against him, is the Republican front-runner for the Republican presidential race.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
During a nearly two-hour Veterans Day speech in Claremont, New Hampshire, Trump used derogatory and dehumanizing language to describe his opponents (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

She added: “He wants to be talked about in those terms. But it’s also important that you pointed out that in that speech he also called his critics fascists. He wants fascists to become just an epithet random politics, just an insult.” Fake news was one thing, but then he decided all news was fake news. And now fake news is just this term that means nothing. “

Maddow further explained, “That’s how he works. But it’s not just about him. He’s trying to build an anti-democratic movement in this country where people want a strong man to hold power by force. Rather than resorting to elections.”

She concluded her take on the former president by saying, “We must dissuade our fellow Americans from dismissing this idea without giving it any heed.”

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