Fighting Donald Trump’s Islamophobia With Humor and History

Doomed to repeat it and all that.

New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer‘s tweet above referenced the latest display of intolerant Trump claptrap, this time in an interview with Yahoo Poltics’ Hunter Walker, in which Donald Trump laid out a plan that violated more than one constitutional right of Muslims in the United States. This included more surveillance, a “very, very, careful” look at mosques, warrantless searches and the following attention-garnering bit:

Yahoo News asked Trump whether this level of tracking might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. He wouldn’t rule it out.

Anyone with any sense of history knew exactly the analogy Walker got Trump to allude to, that of Jews in Nazi Germany forced to wear gold stars on their clothing as identification.

Godwin’s law is a term coined by Mike Godwin, which essentially states that a Nazi or Hitler comparison will invariably make its way into long, Internet-based discussions (and is also favored for political rhetorical flourishes). In implication and practice, these are usually nonsensical, inappropriate analogies, but we agree with Andrew Stroehlein, Human Rights Watch’s European media director, because forced religious identification was an actual Nazi practice.

Humor is at home in the face of absurdity: