President-elect Donald Trump, renowned for his love of safe spaces and political correctness, cried out on top news source Twitter recently that “our wonderful future VP Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen.” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton cleverly reimagines the story of our Founding Fathers with the undulating rhythmic sounds of modern hip-hop. Caught up in the nostalgic spirit, Donald Trump seeks to recapitulate the worst elements of Nazi Germany with his selections for the “basket of deplorables” (i.e., his Cabinet). Empowered by his followers in the states formerly known as Red States (now Orange States), he has masterminded a new off-Broadway production, titled “Hitler: A Nationalistic Musical.” The songs of “Hitler: A Nationalistic Musical” will not be nearly as good as the music from Hamilton, because Ted Nugent will be scoring the soundtrack. Make sure not to go see this de-evolutionary recapitulation of flagrant 20th century fascism when it comes to a racist county near you! The “stars,” or as I prefer to call them “evil henchmen” of the show, need no introduction.
Steve Bannon as “Minister of Propaganda” Joseph Goebbels
Swept up in the post-WWI nationalistic tide sweeping over Germany, Joseph Goebbels began creating the myth of the Fuhrer around Hitler. He published propaganda pieces, urged the boycott of Jewish businesses, and encouraged the burning of books for not being “German” enough. Goebbels declared that “the era of extreme Jewish intellectualism is at an end.” Steve Bannon, an egregious anti-Semite, propelled Donald Trump to victory by turning Breitbart News into a pro-Trump propaganda publishing mill. It is tragic that Steve Bannon came into a massive fortune on the back of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David’s iconic celebration of Jewish intellectuals in New York, “Seinfeld.”
Mike Pence as Hermann Goring
Hermann Goring organized Germany’s Nazi police state. Goring was an instrumental figure in the “Night of the Long Knives,” the assassination of 85 members of the political opposition by the Gestapo and “Schutzstaffel” (SS) to quiet dissent and concentrate Nazi power. Goring established concentration camps for “corrective treatment” of individuals. Trump’s “wonderful future VP” Mike Pence advocated for government spending on conversion therapy in Indiana (i.e., forcing an individual to change from gay to straight).
Betsy DeVos as Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Eichmann served as coordinator of logistics for “the final solution to the Jewish question” (Endlosungsprojekt). Antigay activist Betsy DeVos, picked by Trump to become Secretary of Education, has spent Brinks trucks full of cash to destroy public education and marriage equality. Her father-in-law, Richard DeVos Sr., another bigoted hate-monger, served on President Ronald Reagan’s AIDS commission and told people with the disease, “You are responsible for your actions too, you know. Conduct yourself properly.”
Michael Flynn as Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler, obsessed with “the Jewish question,” directed the killing of six million Jews. In an eery parallel, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice as national security adviser, described Islamism as a “vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people” that has to be “excised” during a speech in August.
Mike Pompeo as Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele was chief “doctor” at Birkenau, the supplementary extermination camp at Auschwitz. Mengele and his staff selected incoming Jews for labor or extermination. He also supervised medical experiments on inmates to discover means of increasing fertility (to increase the German “race”). Mike Pompeo, Trump’s selection for Central Intelligence Agency director, demonizes Muslims, believes female victims of rape should be denied abortions, and is a fervent supporter of the Guantanamo Bay torture camp. Indeed, the Central Intelligence Agency is now a misnomer.
Jeff Sessions as the Reichstag
Jeff Sessions, once deemed too racist to become a federal judge, is Trump’s choice for Attorney General. Sessions once slandered civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.” Germany’s parliament (the Reichstag), at the time made up entirely of Nazis, passed the Nuremberg laws which curtailed the civil rights of Jews and provided the legal framework for their systematic persecution.
Melania Trump as Eva Braun
Donald Trump is Adolf Hitler reincarnated, right down to the model wife.
Donald Trump as Adolf Hitler
It would not be difficult to imagine these words, once mouthed by Adolf Hitler, emanating from the stench of Trump’s Twitter feed: “This was the time of the greatest spiritual upheaval I have ever gone through. I had ceased to be a weak-kneed cosmopolitan and become an anti-Semite.” Trump’s attacks on the “globalists” mirror Nazi myths about Jews acting as international capitalists.
Provided that our Republic survives the full-frontal assault of a Trump administration, there now exists an inexorable link between ugly bigotry and Republican austerity economics which will benefit Democrats in every election cycle from here on out as our nation’s demographics continue to shift to a more diverse, inclusive, and multi-cultural model. In the meantime, I am holding out hope that “Hitler: A Nationalistic Musical” will be a strictly limited run performance.