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Kasich Ad Hits Trump, Compares Him to Nazis

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 12:46 PM

A National Review commentator is blasting an attack ad from GOP presidential contender Gov. John Kasich that links front-running rival Donald Trump to Nazi Germany.

The 60-second spot, titled "Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric," features retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, paraphrasing Protestant pastor Martin Niemöller, who spoke out against the Nazi regime and spent years in Nazi concentration camps, as images of Trump's controversial remarks flash on screen.

Conservative blogger Jim Geraghty writes in his National Review newsletter "Morning Jolt" that there are more indications "the country is sliding into a fascistic direction" elsewhere.

"We can argue about whether Trump and his style are good for American politics, but it's not like he's appearing … out of nothing," Geraghty writes. "If you fear the country is sliding into a fascistic direction, cast your gaze wider."

"If you really fear the leader of an angry mob roughing up reporters, suppressing all dissent, and making far-reaching, unrealistic demands that their ideology rule everywhere... don't look to a Trump rally," Geraghty warns. "Look to a college campus."

Geraghty argues Trump "never directly proposed" wanting to register Muslims with the government in what could be "a deliberate strategy."

"When the media writes denunciatory headlines about his comments, Trump wins over the support of the Americans who think a national registry of Muslims would be a good idea," he writes. "But he also has plausible deniability, as he's never actually proposed it or explicitly said he supported it."

Geraghty adds Moe also "engages frustrating verbal slipperiness" himself, claiming Trump says he's 'going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants' when he's done nothing of the sort."

"We deport illegal immigrants every year… a policy that is Constitutional, legal, and morally justifiable. Trump is proposing an expansion of existing law -- nothing Nazi-ish about that."

To descriptions of a Trump comment about a crowd roughing up a Black Lives Matter protester, Geraghty notes "Moe unfairly attributes a racist hatred to the motivations of Trump and the protesters."

And, Geraghty writes, "limiting press access to crowds of supporters is bad policy, but hardly fascistic," citing examples during past events for both George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton.

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A National Review commentator is blasting an attack ad from GOP presidential contender Gov. John Kasich that links front-running rival Donald Trump to Nazi Germany.
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