Recently on ‘Morning Joe’, MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch compared Trump voters to Nazis, saying “if you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy.” Deutsch said that Democrats needed to make the election a referendum on Trump voters, rather than on the president himself.
And he has a great point.
The comparison of Trump supporters to Nazis came about as Donny Deutsch criticized the administration’s “zero tolerance” border immigration policy that separated parents from their children at the border. Even though Trump signed an executive order effectively ending the separations, there are still hundreds of children still in custody, and many more unanswered questions about the updated policy as well as the fate of the thousands of children already detained.
Please see below for a transcript of the exchange from Morning Joe:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Because that’s all [the Trumps] care about. What it looks like. It’s deranged. It’s abusive. It’s cruel, it’s evil, and the entire world is watching. It is now the time that he has gone too far. Question mark? Go.
DONNY DEUTSCH: I could put an exclamation mark on everything you said. It was particularly reprehensible when Ivanka said, “it looks a certain way.”
This can no longer be about who Trump is, it has to be about who we are.
If we are working towards November, we can no longer say Trump’s the bad guy. If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy, if you vote for Trump, you are ripping children from parents’ arms.
The mistake that we’ve made in the past is, ‘Look at that bad guy over there, look at that bad guy!’ What the Democrats have to do is make the next election not a referendum on not who Trump is, but on who you are.
That’s the big difference, you can no longer now, as a voter, because it’s not about taxes, it’s not even about some abstract term of immigration or nationalism. If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis, going, ‘you here, you here.’
I think we now have to flip it. And it’s a given, the evilness of Donald Trump. But if you vote, you can no longer separate yourself. You can’t say, ‘well he’s okay, but.’ And I think that gymnastics and that jiu-jitsu has to happen.
Deutsch may be not be appealing to the conscious of actual Trump voters, as they don’t really appear to have much in the way of that. But, rather, to fire up Democrats, Independents, and Republicans who aren’t supportive of this president’s policies.