President Joe Biden’s campaign team leveled accusations on Monday, asserting that Donald Trump had engaged in rhetoric reminiscent of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini by likening his political adversaries to “vermin.”
During a campaign event on Saturday, the former US President, now a Republican presidential hopeful for 2024, pledged to “eradicate the communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical left-wing thugs living like vermin” in the United States. Biden’s team contends that these statements, made on Veterans Day, bear an unsettling resemblance to the language employed by World War II dictators.
Ammar Moussa, a spokesperson for President Biden’s campaign, stated on Monday, “Donald Trump mimicked the autocratic language of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.” In response, a spokesperson for Trump dismissed these accusations as “ridiculous,” affirming that those making such insinuations would be “crushed” when Trump returns to the White House.
Trump has long made politically incorrect and often provocative speech his trademark. However, his rhetoric has escalated recently, with the Republican suggesting weeks ago that a powerful US general had committed “treason” and would have been executed in different times. He later asserted that the migration crisis at the US-Mexico border was “poisoning the blood of our country.” The unfolding political dynamics suggest an intensification of rhetorical exchanges as the 2024 presidential campaign looms on the horizon.