In a bold critique, President Joe Biden recently condemned former President Donald Trump's language as reminiscent of Nazi Germany. During a San Francisco fundraiser, Biden spoke out against Trump's use of the term "vermin" to describe his political adversaries, a term with a dark historical resonance.
Trump, at a New Hampshire rally, had vowed to eradicate what he termed as "vermin" within the U.S., labeling them as communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical leftists. He accused these groups of orchestrating widespread election fraud, a claim without substantial evidence.
Biden, addressing his supporters, drew parallels between Trump's rhetoric and the notorious propaganda of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. He emphasized the dangerous implications of such language, noting its similarity to phrases used in Nazi Germany to dehumanize and persecute Jews.
Backlash Over 'Vermin' Remark
The backlash to Trump's comments has been swift and significant, with many noting the dangerous historical precedents of using dehumanizing language like "vermin." Critics have drawn attention to the fact that authoritarian figures, including Adolf Hitler, have historically employed such terminology to justify atrocities.
Responding to Biden's criticism, Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung vehemently denied the comparison, labeling it as "despicable and racist." Cheung defended Trump's record, particularly highlighting his support for Israel and his role in promoting peace in the Middle East.
He accused Biden of suffering from "Trump derangement syndrome" and recommended professional help for the President. The Biden campaign and White House officials also expressed their disapproval of Trump's comments. Ammar Moussa, a Biden campaign spokesperson, condemned Trump's use of language associated with dictators like Hitler and Mussolini, particularly during a time when the nation was honoring its veterans.
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates echoed this sentiment, stating that employing terms like "vermin" to describe critics of the government is a stark deviation from the principles of the nation's founders and a chilling reminder of the ideologies American veterans fought against in the 1940s.
Prior to Biden's statements, Cheung had already dismissed comparisons of Trump's language to that of Nazi and other authoritarian figures, criticizing those making such assertions as overly sensitive and afflicted by "Trump derangement syndrome." He confidently predicted Trump's return to the White House, dismissing the criticism as unfounded.