The media can never let pass an opportunity to compare President Trump to one of history's great villains. And now, after the president referred to fake news outlets as the "enemy of the people," The New York Times is pulling out all the stops, comparing Trump to not one (lowly Hitler), but about half-a-dozen world despots.
Because if Lenin and later Stalin popularized a term, and Trump invoked it, that must surely mean Trump is no different than a Soviet-era authoritarian. And, because the term proved even "too toxic" for Nikita Khrushchev, that must mean Trump is worse than the shoe-wielding Marxist. Pol Pot also didn't use the term, "enemy of the people," so apparently the Trump administration is worse than the Khmer Rouge, too.
In an article Monday titled, Phrase With a Venomous Past Now Rattles American Politics, fake news author Andrew Higgins churned out even more contrived-hysteria for the masses. Here are some choice excerpts from his piece:
The phrase was too toxic even for Nikita Khrushchev, a war-hardened veteran communist not known for squeamishness. As leader of the Soviet Union, he demanded an end to the use of the term “enemy of the people” because “it eliminated the possibility of any kind of ideological fight.”
“The formula ‘enemy of the people,’” Mr. Khrushchev told the Soviet Communist Party in a 1956 speech denouncing Stalin’s cult of personality, “was specifically introduced for the purpose of physically annihilating such individuals” who disagreed with the supreme leader.
It is difficult to know if President Trump is aware of the historic resonance of the term, a label generally associated with despotic communist governments rather than democracies. But his decision to unleash the terminology has left some historians scratching their heads. Why would the elected leader of a democratic nation embrace a label that, after the death of Stalin, even the Soviet Union found to be too freighted with sinister connotations?
For added impact, Higgins quotes Khruschev's great-granddaughter, Nina, who was apparently "shocked" to hear the phrase uttered in a non-Stalinist setting:
Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Mr. Khrushchev and a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, said the phrase was “shocking to hear in a non-Soviet, moreover non-Stalinist setting.” Her great-grandfather, she said, “of course also used Soviet slogans and ideological idioms but still tried to stay away from sweeping denunciations of whole segments of the Soviet population.”
By using the phrase and placing himself in such infamous company, at least in his choice of vocabulary to attack his critics, Mr. Trump has demonstrated, Ms. Khrushcheva said, that the language of “autocracy, of state nationalism is always the same regardless of the country, and no nation is exempt.” She added that, in all likelihood, Mr. Trump had not read Lenin, Stalin or Mao Zedong, but the “formulas of insult, humiliation, domination, branding, enemy-forming and name calling are always the same.”
For good measure, Higgins also threw in a Pol Pot reference. You know, just in case the brainwashed legions didn't make the connection that Trump is a genocidal maniac. In this case Higgins posits that Trump actually took things a step further than the Khmer Rouge (which, at minimum, murdered 1.5 million people), because even they knew better than to invoke the hackneyed "enemy of the people" line. At least Pol Pot knew the value of a creative insult.
"He [Trump] has also gone one step further than Chinese and Khmer Rouge communists in Cambodia, who generally preferred homegrown insults to those imported from the Soviet Union," writes Higgins, who added:
Mr. Short, the Mao and Pol Pot biographer, said Chinese and Cambodian communists, all fiercely nationalistic, rarely if ever used “enemy of the people” in domestic political struggles because it was an alien import. Instead, Pol Pot attacked enemies as “ugly microbes” who would “rot society, rot the party and rot the country from within,” while Maoists coined insults like “the stinking ninth category” to denounce experts and intellectuals.
Ah, Higgins must be acknowledging his privilege here, giving props to insults coined by brown, Asian-Communists over those coined by white-Communists.
"In essence, it [the term "enemy of the people"] was a label that meant death," Mitchell A. Orenstein, professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, told Higgins.
"It meant you were subhuman and entirely expendable ... This is the connotation for anyone who lived in the Soviet Union or knows anything about the Soviet Union, which Donald Trump obviously doesn’t — or he doesn’t care."
Because all of a sudden the Left cares about the feelings of immigrants who fled totalitarian regimes? Out of the blue the Left is worried about the implications of Communist ideology?
Let's talk, then, about the term "Forward." As in, "Under the banner of Lenin, with the leadership of Stalin, forward to the victory of Communism." As in Mao's, "Great leap forward." As in, President Obama's official slogan.
Interesting how the Great Leap Forward claimed the lives of roughly 45 million people and Stalin's "forward" thinking was responsible for the loss of roughly 50 million lives, yet that one word was chosen above roughly 171,500 others to embody Obama's guiding ethos. Since the Left is presently preoccupied about American presidents with a perceived affinity for Communists, we eagerly await their in-depth analysis on Obama's long love affair with Marxism.