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Republicans Compare Lincoln to Hitler & Trump to MLK. What Is Even Happening?

Mass hysteria.


Every time you think the GOP and much of the conservative media’s relationship with Donald Trump couldn’t be any further removed from reality, they go and compare him to Martin Luther King, Jr. And yes, that really happened.

CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord said on air Thursday that we should “think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care.”

When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn’t popular, he didn’t have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm’s way to put the pressure on so that the bill would be introduced. That’s what finally worked.

Thank you to fellow commentator Symone Sanders (who was also Press Secretary to Bernie Sanders) for mirroring all of our faces back to us.


Symone responded,

Jeffrey, you do understand that Dr. King was marching for civil rights because people that looked like me were being beaten. Dogs were being sicced on them. Basic human rights were being withheld from these people merely because the color of their skin.

So let’s not equate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, to the vagina-grabbing President Donald Trump.

But let’s not stop the delusion party just yet. There’s more! There’s always more.

Just days after Sean Spicer coined the term “Holocaust centers” and ignorantly claimed Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons on “his own people,” North Carolina Republican rep. Larry Pittman stepped in to say more really weird things about Hitler.

In the comments of a Facebook post, Pittman’s constituents were criticizing his bill aiming to outlaw same-sex marriage. One reminded him that the Supreme Court deemed that sort of bill unconstitutional, and suggested he get over it already.

His now-deleted response is … something.

And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort (of) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.

Trump is our new Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln is cut from the same cloth at Hitler? Human sacrifice? Dogs and cats living together? Mass hysteria? Does anything make sense anymore?


(via CNN, Jezebel, image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.