NYTimes Resorts to Logical Fallacies in Discrediting Trump

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This article caught my eye today and I thought I should write a piece in response to its rhetoric of fear towards Donald Trump.

It is no surprise for those who read the New York Times, or other liberal-leaning news sources, to see articles published on a daily basis repeating the same narrative: Donald Trump is a racist, fascist, and future-Hitler.

Day in and day out you see editors, writers, and columnists scour to capitalize and report on the violent incidents that occur at Trump rallies, which are usually caused by Bernie or Hillary supporters on George Soros’ dime, and use these incidents as evidence that Trump followers are reminiscent of Hitler’s Sturmabteilung.

To those who make these claims that Trump is Hitler, they are inadvertently insulting the millions of people who perished from Hitler’s deaths squads and concentration camps.

Why?

Because they are diminishing Hitler’s atrocious acts with the words of a pompous businessman. Hitler’s Germany is responsible for the Holocausts, mistreatment of POWs, human experimentation, massacres, rape and plundering, and the use of child soldiers. Trump, on the other hand, is a television personality, entrepreneur, and businessman who has said more than his fair share of ignorant statements. His proposed ban of Muslims entering the US, in response to the Paris attacks, his proposals to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the US, and his extreme proposal to authorize the killing of terrorist families (which also occurred during the Obama administration via drone strikes) do not equate him as being a proto-fascist or literally Hitler.

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When the New York Times consistently refers to Donald Trump’s plan to ‘bar Muslims from entering the United States’ as being reminiscent of Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews, you can see that they are getting desperate. Using the Hitler comparison with any individual of a person is fundamentally flawed because you can make comparisons of almost anything to Hitler. Hitler was a drug-abusing, vegetarian, believed in a higher power, who appealed to the middle class, a lover of animals, anti-smoker, and soldier. Tell me, do you have any friends who fit into any of these categories listed? Unless you have no friends, you probably know someone who loves animals or believes in a higher power. So you can see how comparing someone to Hitler is problematic, not because it is merely ad  hominem but because almost everyone shares similarities (and differences) to Hitler, including Trump.

Trump’s plan, unlike Hitler’s, was not hinged on a global conspiracy. ISIS, on the other hand, has repeatedly mentioned their plans, like a comic book supervillain explaining his evil plan, to infiltrate the West by exploiting the refugee crisis, giving Trump a sufficiently good reason to propose a ban of Muslim refugees into the US. Trump’s proposed ban was not based on extreme prejudice, rather it was an immediate response to terrorist attacks on allied soil. Would it be better for Trump to merely change his Facebook profile picture to show solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks or to take action that will ensure that such attacks do not occur on American soil?

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We have seen ISIS successfully execute their plan of infiltrating Europe,  during the Paris attacks in the Fall of 2015, where its attackers had fought with ISIS in Syria and then migrated to Europe by disguising themselves as migrants/refugees.

Moral of the story: don’t believe everything you read on the Internet and always take everything you read with a grain of salt.

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