Ali Velshi, who works for MSNBC and co-hosts a show with Stephanie Ruhle on the network, recently claimed that President Donald Trump is acting like past dictators in Europe. In speaking to presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Velshi said the following about President Trump:
Donald Trump has threatened to ban an entire religion from entering the country. He attacks the news institutions, which is what Franco, Hitler, Mussolini, and a whole bunch of other people did. Do you feel that our checks and balances in the Constitution and our political system will protect us against these potential violations of the Constitution?
Comparing President Trump to Hitler appears to be a popular talking point among Democrats, as former President Barack Obama echoed Velshi’s comments in a recent event in Chicago, Illinois:
“That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate,” said Obama during a Q&A session. “Sixty million people died. . .So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”