Bender: 'The same people we fought in WWII'

"General Mark Milley accused Donald Trump of preaching 'the gospel of the Führer' on Jan. 6, 2021, and referred to his supporters as 'Brownshirts in the streets.' Need more? 'This is a Reichstag

Tony Bender
Tony Bender
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Lock him up! Well, here we are. The Jan. 6 Committee hasn't yet completed its work, but it couldn't be more clear: America's 45th president tried to overthrow the government.

This traitor was willing to let armed insurrectionists proceed to the Capitol, willing to let Mike Pence dangle from the end of a noose, willing to end America's democratic republic.

Chickenhearted Republican politicians won't admit that, and some “patriots” would embrace fascism for $2 gas. Meanwhile, the Trumpian Spin Machine continues trying to discredit the investigation as a partisan witch hunt. But the thing is, folks like Kelly Armstrong were invited to the committee but refused because Das Party wasn't allowed to stack the deck with the likes of Jim Jordan who may have been complicit in the coup attempt. Doh. And remember, the testimony's coming from Trump insiders, and there's certainly nothing stopping Trump from taking the stand.

Now what? Are we at the point in our history when we resemble a banana republic, when we lock up former presidents? If so, Trump created the scenario, and he hasn't give up spreading the dangerous lie that despite Joe Biden's record 81 million votes and his 306 electoral votes, that somehow, Democrats stole the election. Funny thing, though, those inept libs didn't bother stealing any congressional races on the very same ballots. But critical thinking's never been the strong suit of Trump supporters. The fact is, Trump lost because Americans were fearful and exhausted by the craziness, and as low as an inflation-plagued Biden's approval numbers are, he's still outpolling Trump. It's like America's getting woke or something.

What are the parallels in history? Nixon, of course, but his Watergate coverup pales in comparison to Trump's crimes against democracy. And Hitler. I know, I know, that comparison is verboten, but Hitler had his Brownshirts, and the twice-impeached Trump has his Proud Boys, albeit fewer every day as they begin to populate America's prisons.


It's not just me saying it. General Mark Milley accused Trump of preaching “the gospel of the Führer” on Jan. 6, 2021, and referred to his supporters as “Brownshirts in the streets.” Need more? “This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley said. “These guys are Nazis, they’re Boogaloo Boys, they’re Proud Boys. These are the same people we fought in World War II.”

Yeah, but the trains ran on time. Or was that Mussolini? Same difference. Trump's fevered rallies continue Friday in Arizona. To what end? To. Keep. Spreading. The. Big. Lie. And you know what, about a third of the population still buys it. Because. They. Are. Dumb. A third of the population was enough, though, for Hitler to seize power after emerging from jail.

Don't be an alarmist, you say? It was just a bunch of tourists who got a little rowdy? Sure, five people died and 140 police officers were injured, but Proud Boys will be Proud Boys.

Back the Blue.

Imagine that rabble if Trump were outfitted in a jumpsuit to match his hair. The reality is we have two choices. If he's not convicted, it'll further delegitimize our democratic institutions; if he is, he'll become a martyr. But, relax, “patriots,” he'll slither free just as he always has.

And we'll forever regret it.

Tony Bender writes an exclusive weekly column for Forum News Service. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of this publication, nor Forum Communications ownership.

Opinion by Tony Bender
Tony Bender writes an exclusive weekly column from North Dakota for Forum News Service.
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