Did you read that New York Times article that he’s talking about? It’s an article from 95 years ago, so it wasn’t written to make Trump look bad. You can’t really say anything to compare the points in the article to Trump’s campaign, it does it all by itself. Here are three paragraphs:
“His program consists chiefly of half a dozen negative ideas clothed in generalities. He is "against the Jews, Communists, Marxian Socialism, the high cost of living, existing conditions, the weak Berlin Government and the Versailles Treaty." Positively he stands only for "a strong united Germany under a strong Government."
- Like Trump, Hitler gained support by blaming national problems and a poor economy on racial minorities, political opponents, and international agreements. He attacked the national government as weak and promised to strengthen it but gave few policy details.
"There is [support and interest] for the Hitler movement among ... political circles, apparently coupled with the idea that the movement would prove a useful tool if it could be controlled by their special interests. But there is also the latent fear that the movement might wax beyond control."
- Most Republican insiders have endorsed Trump’s candidacy while simultaneously attacking him. They’ve basically accepted his positions they disagree with to try and benefit from the political support of his followers. They might be wrong though, as some Republicans have rejected Trump out of a fear that his movement has gotten out of control. If party insiders have misjudged their ability to control the breeding anger and resentment of Trump and his followers, they may be giving a major party blessing to and holding the door open to a dangerous movement. If they realize it’s gotten out of control, it may be too late.
"But several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic, and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes."
- In justifying and excusing many of Trump’s dangerous or offensive positions and statements, his lukewarm supporters have repeatedly made this argument. I’ve heard claims that he is only rallying support, and his actual position and policies wouldn’t reflect the racially divisive rhetoric that accompanied his rise. In Germany there was an expert consensus that Hitler’s positions were exaggerated to gain popular support, and that his actual policies wouldn’t reflect his rhetoric. They were wrong.