Publicity Stunts: Dangerous? Meagan Wills


I just read an article on MSN News from the Washington Post about comparisons that are being made between Donald Trump and Hitler. Comedian Louis CK, Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman, Glen Beck, Mexican President Enrique Nieto and other critics are calling Trump out on Nazi symbolism that he is using to rally his supporters by asking them to raise their right hand to swear to vote for him in the Republican primaries. According to Trump, he and his unwitting supporters are “just having fun.” It’s eerie to me to not only see this type of blatant and flagrant gesture being thrown around so casually, but also how casually Trump responds to his critics. “I’ll have to look into it”, he says. Given that Trump has offended almost every demographic of people from women to immigrants to people with disabilities, I’m not even sure who his supporters could still be. What do you think? Is this a liberal media stunt or are these insidious symbols being used consciously as a subtext to his entire campaign? And if so, how has the media brought light to the comparison in either a positive or negative way?

A link to the article/video is here:

Trump: It’s ‘ridiculous’ to compare his pledge to a Nazi salute
"Honestly, until this phone call, I didn’t know it was a problem," Trump said in an interview on Tuesday.

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