At a campaign rally in Minnesota on Saturday, President Trump told a mostly white crowd of supporters that they are genetically blessed.
“You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it, don’t you believe? The racehorse theory,” Trump told the crowd.
“You think we’re so different? You have good genes in Minnesota,” Trump said.
The “racehorse theory” of genetics holds that some human beings are born genetically superior to others, and Trump has reportedly attributed his success to his genes.
According to the Daily Beast: “A biographer of the president claimed in 2016 that the then-candidate believed he himself had first-class genes and that he subscribed to eugenicist ideas of genetics that those with superior genes should procreate.”
Historian Steve Silberman ripped into Trump’s remarks, saying they were virtually “indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to” the extermination of Jews, LGBTQ, disabled and other “undesirables.”
“As a historian who has written about the Holocaust, I’ll say bluntly: This is indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to Jews, disabled people, LGBTQ, Romani and others being exterminated,” Silberman warned.
“This is America 2020. This is where the GOP has taken us,” he added.
As a historian who has written about the Holocaust, I'll say bluntly: This is indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to Jews, disabled people, LGBTQ, Romani and others being exterminated. This is America 2020. This is where the GOP has taken us. https://t.co/CHMLg804mp
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 20, 2020
“Donald Trump is now openly employing Nazi eugenicist rhetoric in his campaign of fear, hatred and bigotry,” wrote Climatologist and Geophysicist Michael Mann. “This has become a pure battle between good and evil.”
Not at all what a fascist autocrat would say, right? https://t.co/5aILNTc6zF
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 20, 2020
The guy who praises Nazis, cages and performs forced hysterectomies on immigrant women is talking about “the racehorse theory” and how “great the genes are” of his 99.99% white audience in Minnesota. I don’t wonder how Hitler happened anymore. https://t.co/RT3V1hHdmh
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) September 20, 2020