Music icon Linda Ronstadt compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, saying both used strategies to “find a common enemy for everybody to hate.”
“I was sure that Trump was going to get elected, the day he announced,” the “When Will I Be Loved” singer told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in a new interview. “I said, ‘It’s going to be like Hitler, and the Mexicans are the new Jews.'”
Ronstadt also drew parallels between Trump and Hitler’s ascension to their respective offices, saying that because few spoke out against their behavior while they campaigned.
“The intelligentsia of Berlin, and the literati, and all the artists were just busy doing their thing. As Hitler rose to power-there were a lot of chances to stop him, and they didn’t speak out,” she told Cooper.
“The industrial complex thought they could control him once they got him in office, and of course, he was not controllable,” she said. “By the time he got established, he put his own people in place and stacked the courts, and did what he had to do to consolidate his power.”
When Cooper pointed out that many would be surprised by the comparison, she said: “If you read the history, you won’t be surprised, it’s exactly the same.”
Ronstadt has criticized Trump in the past. In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, she called Trump’s presidency “a genuine national emergency.”
She also compared him to Hitler in the interview. “I’ve read a lot on the history of Hitler, and people keep drawing comparisons,” she told The Guardian. “They’re so staggering. It’s step by step by step. He’s isolating us, he’s taking us out [of contact] with South America, Mexico, Canada.”
Linda Ronstadt is dead-on when she compares Trump to Hitler. There were many chances to stop Hitler but people sat back instead. We must not repeat that error.
— Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) December 31, 2019