Opinion: Take it from a Holocaust survivor’s relative on Trump’s tweets: This is how fascism comes to America


To the editor: In a week when President Trump used a Native American smear, he also retweeted British neo-fascist videos — at least one of which was disputed — inciting violence toward Muslims. (“Trump’s spread of British far-right group’s anti-Muslim videos draws condemnation in U.S. and abroad,” Nov. 29)

As a Jew whose French family hid in caves and whose Latvian family was exterminated during the Nazi Shoah, I must actively speak out against these most recent expressions of hate against Muslims. These videos are repulsive on their face and are on par with the ugliness published by Julius Streicher’s Nazi tabloid “Der Sturmer.”

Trump has no concern about any anti-Muslim violence these tweets may inspire. Fascism may not come suddenly in our country. It may, instead, come gradually like a sunset.


Americans must strongly repudiate each anti-Muslim attack both to support Muslims and to preserve our democracy.

Ken Levy, Los Angeles


To the editor: While people here in the U.S. and throughout the world are dealing with the rise of far-right groups that promote nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment, our own thoughtless president felt the need to stir anti-Muslim sentiment by retweeting videos meant to incite intolerance and violence.

No wonder hate groups are enjoying a field day — they have the president of the United States as a spokesman.

— Susan Greenberg, Los Angeles

As a leader of the free world, Trump is expected to show tolerance and understanding as well as to highlight the positive aspects of a religious group that is almost as large as Christianity. Such a show of intolerance can only encourage those who would hope for genocide and hatred.

Larry Naritomi, Monterey Park


To the editor: British Prime Minister Theresa May got it wrong. Withdrawing her invitation to a head of state who circulated hateful, xenophobic, inflammatory and prejudicial videos would in no way detract from the long-standing warm relationship between our countries.

If anything, it would enhance it.

David Sacks, Los Alamitos


To the editor: We have elected an amoral president. Our Congress stands mute and unpatriotically partisan, as our democracy is being dismantled brick by brick.

The world is beginning to realize that America’s laws, treaties and its word are good only until our next president is elected. Our country is being hurt immeasurably and, I fear, irreparably.

I blame our weak Congress.

L.W. Wagner, Chatsworth


To the editor: There must be some Republicans who are morally outraged by Trump’s constant tweets and comments about ethnic minorities.

Is the siren call of political office and power that much greater than the urge to speak out against a president who appears to have no moral filter or control over what he says?

No wonder hate groups are enjoying a field day — they have the president of the United States as a spokesman.

Susan Greenberg, Los Angeles


To the editor: The action of retweeting anti-Muslim videos by Trump is as egregious as anything David Duke or Milo Yiannopoulos have written or said. This is not who we are as Americans, or is it?

If not, we need to take a stand. Congress needs to censure the president immediately. We cannot let this stand. We cannot let this president define who we are as Americans.

Excuse me now, I need to write my representatives.

Jeff Patterson, Chatsworth

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