“I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump,” said Mr. Boot, who expressed optimism that Mr. Trump could still be defeated.
I’d like to think that if either party nominated Stalin, I’d make the principled decision to support the other party’s candidate. Maybe I’m giving myself too much credit here.
But I don’t really understand why people talk about Stalin in the context of elections in democratic countries. Stalin was never democratically elected. He didn’t have to appeal to soccer moms or NASCAR dads.
You know who did rise to power in a democracy though? I defy you to read this and not think it sounds a lot like “Bush doesn’t really hate the gays” (when Rove did all the anti-marriage equality stuff in 2004) or “Trump won’t really deport 11 million people” (now) or “the GOP candidate won’t really add trillions to our deficit with that crazy tax plan” (every election of my lifetime).
Out of curiosity, I found the first NYT reference to Adolf Hitler. Nov. 21, 1922. Amazing last three paragraphs. pic.twitter.com/VhBnlSsfNm
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) March 2, 2016