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Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro Compare Trump Administration to the Third Reich

Democratic 2020 nominees Beto O’Rourke and Congressman Julian Castro (D-TX) agree that President Donald Trump‘s administration draws parallels with Nazi Germany.

O’Rourke was in Iowa on Thursday when he said the Trump Administration’s rhetoric was comparable to rhetoric from the Third Reich. He made this point by pointing to Trump’s charged comments and stances on immigrants, the president’s attempts to ban Muslims from entering the country, and his “very fine people” remarks about white supremacists.

“The President of the United States has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals,” O’Rourke said. “Now, we would not be surprised if in the Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as a cockroach or pest you would want to kill.”

On Friday, Castro was asked if he agrees with this in the middle of a broad-range interview with NBC’s Hallie Jackson. He answered that Trump clearly wants to dehumanize immigrants, and he agreed with O’Rourke that it follows the pattern of authoritarian regimes other-izing certain groups of people.

“I think one of the things that that [the Third Reich] did was to dehumanize people. There have been other regimes that also dehumanized people. Fortunately, we haven’t traveled down, of course, the same path. And we won’t because this country is better than that. And I believe that this president is going to get defeated in 2020. However, it’s very clear that we have a president who is bound and determined to dehumanize people to create a fear and paranoia about them in order to boost his own political fortunes.”

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