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Mr. Blatchford's June 8 column "Left to blame for violent Trump protests," left me speechless but it deserves rebuttal. According to the San Jose Sheriff, so far the only attributive adjective defining the protesters is juvenile. The protest was out of control and should not have happened. It was not in the best interest of the electoral process and I sincerely doubt that it was organized by any group at all.

It is not just "the left" that points out the parallels between Trump and Hitler. Conservative Republicans wrote in response to the Washington Post April 2016 article, "This is How Fascism Comes to America" by Robert Kagan, a scholar at the Brookings Institution where he wrote of Trump's candidacy: "This could be one of those moments that's quite dangerous and we'll look back and wonder why we treated it as ho-hum at a time when we could have stopped it." Former Gov. William Weld, while a Republican stalwart (now on the Libertarian ticket), equated Trump's immigration plan with Kristallnacht. Trump himself quotes Mussolini in his tweets and when asked on national television if he wants to be associated with a fascist, responded, "What difference does it make?"

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Blatchford's suggestion that protesters are the same as the Sturmabteilung is incorrect. The SA developed from pre-WWII groups organizing unemployed ex-soldiers and beer hall brawlers, enlisted to protect Nazi Party gatherings; they were organized, structured and militarily planned strike units operating from inside the Nazi Party. Before the Party could take complete control, they became a loose cannon and were subsumed by the SS. The San Jose protesters bore no resemblance to the SA … but if you watch the supporters of Trump within the rallies, you should be afraid, very afraid. Notice the paramilitary behavior and salutes that mimic Nazi salutes. Make America Great Again? Stolen from Lindbergh, a notorious Hitler supporter. By the way, Carroll Community College has an excellent class, Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, which explains it all. I suggest Blatchford audit it.

As an American of German heritage having spent many years studying the Third Reich, I find Trump's campaign terribly scary. I think Robert Kagan and Martin Niemoller speak truths for our times. We need to ensure there is no way Trump becomes POTUS because if he does, it will be the death of our democracy.

Joan E. McGrath

Westminster

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