IBT: Anti-Trump Ad Compares US Political Climate To 1930s Germany That Saw Rise Of Hitler, Nazis

September 29, 2020

By Marcy Kreiter

A progressive Jewish group on Tuesday released a 30-second campaign ad that compares the current climate in the United States to 1930s Germany, which led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America, which describes itself as an organization that “actively promotes policy consistent with socially progressive, pro-Israel, Jewish community values,” used images from Nazi Germany and images of President Donald Trump’s rallies juxtaposed on a split screen to highlight examples of white supremacy and anti-Semitism.

The council often has condemned Trump, accusing him of fueling anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitic incidents have been in the rise in the U.S. since 2013. The Anti-Defamation League’s most recent Audit of Antisemitic Incidents found 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in 2019, up 12% from 2018, with assaults up 56%, most taking place in New York City.

The FBI reported 7,120 hate crimes across the U.S. in 2018, 18.6% motivated by religious bias.

Trump has called American Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal and asked Jewish leaders to explain why he has not wrapped up the Jewish vote since his son-in-law and daughter are Jewish.

The ad says anti-Semitism and white nationalism have reached dangerous levels.

“Hate doesn’t stop itself. It must be stopped. Vote — our future depends on it,” the narrator says. The ad targets Jewish voters in Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania – three states President Donald Trump won in 2016.