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History Teacher & Holocaust Scholar Suspended for Factual Lesson Comparing Trump to Hitler

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Mountain View, CA — Controversy exploded when a California history teacher with 40 years on the job was suspended for making a fact-based historical comparison of President-elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

Mountain View High School officials asked Frank Navarro, a Holocaust scholar, to leave midday Thursday after an irate parent emailed the school to complain about the history lesson.

“This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech,” Navarro told the Mercury News, echoing similar sentiments around the country less than one week after Trump’s victory. “Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”

Despite placing the history teacher and scholar on paid leave, officials declined to share the angry parent’s email and refused to accept Navarro’s offer to discuss his lesson plan to clear up confusion. Pending a review of the facts, Navarro could be allowed to return to work as early as today.

Navarro told the New York Daily News the parent accused him of saying, “Donald Trump grabs p***y” — but the father of three girls sharply rebuked that claim, adding he would never speak that way.

In fact, as an expert on the Holocaust, Navarro insists his lesson only comprised facts.

“I had a short lesson paralleling Hitler with Trump when Hitler was running from 1930 to 1933,” he told the Daily News. “Hitler said he would make Germany great again, and Donald Trump said he would make America great again.”

A number of scholars, academics, and historians have proffered the same comparison — it has not been considered a completely radical or fringe theory — and the similarities between Trump and Hitler are indeed striking. Further, the high school history and special education teacher contends he did not inject personal opinion into the lecture, and only sought to highlight notable parallels.

“I told [school principal David Grissom] as I told my students, that these are all factually based and that I am not making anything up,” Navarro noted.

Mountain View/Los Altos High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding expressed hope to have the 40-year veteran teacher back to work as soon as possible, telling the Mercury News,

“We are interested in getting Frank back in the classroom…we’re just trying to maintain our due diligence. We have a heightened emotional environment right now with the election. It’s always a challenge to maintain a line in a classroom.”

Navarro indeed has the exact expertise in the field to make such a comparison from an informed stance, not paranoid panic.

“The 65-year-old was named a Mandel Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997 and has studied at the International Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. Hitler’s persecution of Jews and rise to power has ‘remarkable parallels’ to Trump’s comments on Latinos, Blacks and Muslims in his own bid for power, he said,” reported the Mercury News.

“I said (to school officials), ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show we where I’m wrong.’ And there was silence,” Navarro explained.

A petition to have the teacher fully reinstated had amassed nearly 24,000 signatures before dawn on Monday morning — but some students reportedly claimed Navarro’s lessons tend to be biased against the president-elect. Nonetheless, the Change.org petition, created by a school alumnus, asserts silencing the teacher is an errant miscalculation, given the valid historical comparison, stating:

“It is dangerous and disgusting that the administration has decided to punish him for drawing parallels between two similarly dangerous moments in history.”

Further, the petition contends the school owes Navarro an apology for “attempting to intimidate a respected educator.”

But Navarro didn’t intend to provoke with the lecture; rather, to draw the correlation that has been dismissed somewhat carelessly in the media and among some academic circles.

In February, Harvard University political theorist Danielle Allen penned an editorial in the Washington Post warning of the similarities in 1930s Germany’s divided populace and the rise of Hitler as a charismatic savior figure to Donald Trump’s enamored followers and keen critics.

“Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany,” Allen noted. “Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.”

A full six years ago, Noam Chomsky noted the resemblance of late Weimar Germany to the atmosphere building in the United States, telling Chris Hedges, “The parallels are striking. There was also tremendous disillusionment with the parliamentary system. The most striking fact about Weimar was not that the Nazis managed to destroy the Social Democrats and the Communists, but that the traditional parties, the Conservative and Liberal parties, were hated and disappeared. It left a vacuum which the Nazis very cleverly and intelligently managed to take over.”

Navarro, who is Mexican-American, told the Mercury News he has concerns for his students in this tumultuous and deeply divided political climate:

“I’ve had Mexican kids come and say, ‘Hey, Mr. Navarro, I might be deported.’

“Is it better to see bigotry and say nothing? That’s what the principal was telling me (during our conversation). In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry.”

Although some theories about the Trump-Hitler parallels have been laughed off as hyperbolic fearmongering, Navarro and others insist they aren’t making a direct correlation, rather highlighting similarities worthy of discussion and heightening awareness to the cyclical nature of history.

“This parent said that I had said Donald Trump was Hitler, but I would never say that,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. “That’s sloppy historical thinking.”

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Navarro told the Daily News he intended only to “make the history relevant and show them that these issues have been around for a long time and are probably not going away.”

Officials originally told Navarro he would be unable to return to teaching before Wednesday, but Harding, the school superintendent, said full reinstatement would likely be granted Monday. As the teacher-scholar has said, the petition notes,

“I feel strongly about this: to stand quiet in the face of bigotry and to turn your eyes away from it is to back up the bigotry, and that’s not what I, or any history teacher, should be doing in our work.”

  • bcbingram

    Would that same teacher being ok with showing the kids the real hard truth concerning black murder and felony rates.??

    • Razedbywolvs

      No. But if you don’t defend the free speech of individuals you don’t like you might as well join the progressive party.

    • Pancho Villa

      Are you just like the rest of those morons who say “you cant complain about equal rights until you fix your own situation internally”? Because if you are then all you have to do is look at DAPL and see that mostly white people are oppressing American Indians, a people that a few years ago they committed the worst genecide on in human history. Does that mean white people have nothing to complain about?

    • Akindeji Hill

      My teachers had no trouble teaching about that. Real progressives have no problem explaining how a lopsided and racist system sets up minorities for self destruction. I learned about how black communities were strong, rich, and prosperous until drugs and guns were brought in by the FBI, fathers were jailed, and welfare destroyed the incentive of employment.

      • Pancho Villa

        Its not that these people are dumb. It’s just that they are subcounciessly racist and therefore refuse to admit to historical facts and dont even bother to research them. They have a hard time accepting that their forefathers were “extremists” and racists. The US Government assasinated MLK. Proven in court. Wont get more than a “oh that happened a long time ago” from these people. The Black Panthers were a positive influence on their communitites and therefore a threat for the establsihments agenda

  • warpten

    Considering the fact that Navarro has spent his career propping up the holocaust myth, this story shouldn’t surprise anyone. If you haven’t yet uncovered the truth about that financial and political scam, search youtube for “Nordhausen – Epitome of the Big Lie”. Guaranteed to take you from holocaust to holohoax in 12 minutes.

    • skyp0ckets

      So all those stories, all those scars, all those tattoos- self inflicted?

      • warpten

        A small tattoo of a number is proof of a holocaust? What scars? The is no forensic evidence to support the holocaust. None. The only evidence is the often laughable testimony of “survivors” – all of whom have been awarded a generous, lifelong pension from Germany. Again, just for starters, search youtube for “Nordhausen – Epitome of the Big Lie”. Guaranteed to take you from holocaust to holohoax in 12 minutes.

        • Jl Guy

          Sorry bud…your skinhead reading is incorrect.All European members of my family that couldn’t escape prior to 1934 perished at the hands of the Nazis. FACT.

          As far as this “factual” comparison of Trump to Hitler…whose facts? His comparisons?

          I cannot remember a single demonstration after the 2008 and 2012 elections. We had no George Soros paying scum to start violence against peaceful supporters against a non politician and non corrupt individual.

          Lastly..I have endured 8 years of having the Constitution used as toilet paper by Obama. Unless you seek Socialism with less freedoms and a Government and a President intent on destroying the back bone of our society that built America…small business…you aren’t able to be objective.

          Remember this, you people wanting something for nothing that others have to work and pay for were defeated by “the deplorables” that want more for our future. These deplorables are better educated, make more money, give more to charities and are law abiding citizens. Very unlike the spoiled, lazy parasites that are sorry winners and sorrier losers.

          Put your Big Boy and Big Girl pants on betas. Help vs. hinder. If you can’t help then just STFU.

          • warpten

            Skinhead? Wow, that’s a powerful argument. And you think real people reading this are supposed to accept that the Germans murdered the Jews simply because its a “FACT”. I mean, why can’t prosecutors just say “FACT” and win a conviction? Things would be so much simpler. To make it even simpler, we could outlaw all attempts at defense by creating laws against “Denial”.

          • Razedbywolvs

            It’s not a skin head thing.
            Jews did get killed by the Nazi’s, It was a World War everyone was killing everyone. The Holocaust on the other hand did not happen As advertised by Hollywood and museums.
            Jews were imprison for deportation.
            Zyklon B was not used to gas Jews. It’s a was used to disinfest freight trainstreat outbreaks of Toyfoid. Actually killing some one with it would be like trying to kill some one with Round Up.
            The majority of Jews died from Toyfoid and starvation (around 300.000 dead). Winter time in Germany during a war lead to food supplies being in very short supply for everyone. It’s just a product of war.
            There was propaganda on all sides of the war. America created the CIA to combat the German propaganda. A lot of what you are taughtt about the Holocaust is Hollywood myths.
            If the war had gone a little bit different, you would be talking about how the Americas committed a Holocaust against the Japanese.
            It’s tragic consequence of war with a lot of needless death on all side. But it was a Holohoax.

          • IceTrey

            Uh, the hydrogen cyanide in Zyklon B and the glycophosphate in RoundUp aren’t quite the same. RoundUp is an herbicide while Zyklon is and insecticide.The big problem with the gassing myth is that you can’t touch a person covered in cyanide or it will kill you too. So how did they move millions of contaminated bodies with no safety equipment?

          • Razedbywolvs

            It’s an antidote.
            Well you can move all the bodies with a horse and grappling hook. But It’s just an overly extravagant way to eliminate lots of people. It doesn’t work.
            How exactly did things go down.. I don’t know and probably never will. People who are more motivated than me can handle the rest.

        • Pancho Villa

          Do you think the American Indian Genocide was a hoax as well? Because even using the numbers of the Jewsish holocaust, that you say are eaxagerated it still doesnt even come close to the extermination of so many Native Americans.

    • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

      You’re a fugging idiot, Mr Youtube-University graduate. They should’ve never given you dummies internet access.

      • Pancho Villa

        Yes because free speech should be limited to what the majority sees as acceptable. Merica!

        • European≠Nationality/Ethnicity

          Having internet access equals free speech? C’mon man, miss with that dumb shit.

          What I said is very simple: If you give stupid people the ability to post stupid/outright false things, there will unfortunately be other stupid people believing said nonsense and this is exactly what has happened here

          • Pancho Villa

            Yea I jumped the gun on my comment. Just read what you were replying to. Unfortuanetly it works both ways but as a people we are getting dumber. The proof is here.

  • skyp0ckets

    I am not going to accuse Trump of being anything until his ACTIONS bear it out. Until then, I am not a fan but will give him a fighting chance.

    • Pancho Villa

      How about you judge him on what he has already done? He has used racism to gain popularity. You need more?

      • skyp0ckets

        I do have strong opinions about his tactics and I am watching who is receiving appointments. These are all hints. If he is as bad as people fear, then there are two years to mid-terms and the chance to bring him to heel by denying the Republicans the keys. But the Democrats lost clear down the ballot, not just at the highest level. This tells me that they made a strategical error this election.

  • Brian

    Perhaps one day Trump will also be falsely accused of killing 6 million Jews. “Factual” my arse. Most people wouldn’t know a fact if it bit them on the ass. That’s why they put “Holocaust Museums” in every city from Boston to Babylon: to “remind” you so that you don’t “forget” what you “know.” And don’t forget to establish a moral association with that “knowledge” so that you feel virtuous every time you believe it. Suckers!

    • Pancho Villa

      We do know that our founding fathers committed a geocide 10 times worse than the holocaust on the Native Americans and we also know we havent come close to making it right with them and are currently trampling every single one of their human rights at DAPL. It’s not like Hitler is our only example of what we have been and are currently capable of on the racist side.

  • Hohum2

    I think you are missing the point. The teacher was not saying that Trump was Hitler. He was drawing parallels between the rise of AH and Trump. For instance that the economic situation had led people to be dissatisfied, people had lost faith with the old regime, and that both Trump and AH had made use of that disaffection to rise to power. These are perfectly reasonable comparisons to make. As for the holocaust my wife’s former father in law was one of the first soldiers to liberate Bergen Belsen. He had fought his way across Europe with a very distinguished Regiment, and I dare you to call the memories of a WWII veteran lies.

    • raz-0

      If you are speaking of this quote to reach that conclusion, reconsider your conclusion, because this is from a Harvard professor, not the teacher the article is about.

      “Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany,” Allen noted. “Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.”

      • Hohum2

        I rather think that was my point about the comparison. It’s about the manner by which both gained power, not that it was exactly the same.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        With a lot of money from American and British banks and corporations.

  • Two interesting similarities I found during the primaries and election cycle was when Trump said he knew more than the generals (Hitler also believed he knew more, nearly always leading to a major German defeat) and how those on the far right are so in love with him. Whether or not he will be more like Hitler will remain to be seen.

    • Pancho Villa

      Sure. Lets wait for that. Idiocracy was a documentary.

  • Razedbywolvs

    I would question the validity of any “Holocaust scholar” currently employed, and point out that “Make America Grate Again” was used by Bill Clinton in a speech on Oct 4th 1991.
    But comparing any candidate to Hitler even if it’s semi or non factual is a part of the diversity of ideas and should be encouraged.

    • Kevin Sibona

      I would prefer to see a comparison of the political climates of 1930’s Germany and the US in this decade. That, to me, would be a more historical and accurate comparison. Comparing one candidate to Hitler only puts people in the position of either defending that candidate or encouraging the comparison.
      Compare policies, but only after they have been put into effect. Doing so beforehand is pure speculation and conjecture.

      • Razedbywolvs

        If you implement one policy and it has x effect, it would be wise to think if you did it in anther location and time that their would have a similar effect (humans are mostly the same). Mostly does not mean exactly and speculation is how you would find problems with implantation of that law BEFORE you put it in effect. I think that would includes comparing personality archetypes and social impact they could have.
        Putting policies into effect to find out what they do is about as stupid as Nancy Pelosi passing bills to find out what they say.
        It’s speculation and conjecture to say, “It’s a bad idea to putting Ted Nugent in charge of India were cows are sacred animals. even if he ran on a vegan platform.”
        You don’t like left wing professors, I don’t blame you. This is SJW behavior and it’s bullshit.

        • Kevin Sibona

          I can understand *evaluating* policies before they go into effect. There is nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is assuming that since there is a slight correlation between the two people based on the attitudes and political climate of the country that they would govern the same or their administration would have the same effect on the people or the world in general.
          I am not advocating for a “We have to pass it to see what’s in it” approach. Trump made many promises and said a lot of things that motivated a good part of this country to vote for him. That’s what political candidates do. At least, that’s what *good* candidates do, the ones that are effective at their campaigning. He tapped into the fear and anger and frustration of this country and spoke to the people that were tired of the same political BS that has plagued this country for decades. He knew what we wanted to hear, and he said it.
          My problem with the comparison is that we still do no know how he will govern. We have no idea what a Trump presidency will be like, yet there are thousands of people running around, feeding the fires, and making it so much more worse than it is, all because they are “afraid” of Trump.
          What they are really afraid of is becoming irrelevant. They are afraid of not getting those Facebook likes and Twitter shares. They are afraid that the narrative and rhetoric they have been spewing for so long will be laid bare and they will be found to be instigators, and people will begin to ignore them for the frauds they are.
          What I am saying, in regards to policy, is wait and see. Wait for Trump to actually put things in place and make good on some of the things he promised, and then we can say whether or not he is a horrible President or a great one. We can still analyze and criticize his proposed plans, but outright criticism of his Presidency should wait until he actually takes office and has been there for a measured amount of time.

          • Pancho Villa

            The assumption is based on Trump’s words and agenda! Here is what we know. 1. He refers to Mexicans in USA as rapists, drug dealers and not the best that Mexico has. 2. Ban all Muslims and bomb the shit out of them along with their kids.
            You need more than this to know what this idiot is all about?
            That makes you extremely naive. ALmost retarded.

          • Kevin Sibona

            OK, where to start with this? Well, how about the first false claim you make?
            Did Trump say all Mexicans in the US were drug dealers, rapists, and the worst Mexico has to offer? No. He actually said that those crossing illegally into this country were bringing problems with them, including drugs, rapists, infectious diseases, etc. You can read about it here: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-epic-statement-on-mexico-2015-7
            “Ban all Muslims and bomb the shit out of them along with their kids.”
            Really? Do you actually believe he said that, or did you hear it from one of your idolized talking heads? Did one of your friends read about it on Slate or Vox? Or maybe you saw a meme and thought “what a bastard!”? What he said was he wanted to restrict the flow of refugees and/or immigrants from Muslim countries until they could be fully vetted, *fully*, and we know there is no chance of them causing harm to our country and her citizens. He wants them to embrace the American ideas of freedom and equality instead of trying to push their own outdated system of laws here. He wants to ensure that *any* person who comes into this country does so because they want to be here and take advantage of the freedoms and rights that this country has to offer, and *not* because they want to disrupt our society with acts of terrorism or implementation of something that would contradict our laws.
            Do yourself a favor. Remove yourself from the echo chamber that is your news source and the source of all of your information and actually look into some of the things you hear before you go off on someone who knows a lot more than you do.

            Become informed. Stop making asinine comments that are fueled by fear and ignorance when you can easily find literally thousands of sources to educate you on what is really going on. Not doing so opens yourself up to criticism and ridicule. When you add insults, you only make yourself seem desperate and rude, and your arguments are summarily dismissed without further regard. Be an intelligent commenter and people might actually take your seriously, otherwise you will be shown to be the fool everyone thinks you are.

          • Pancho Villa

            He said “Mexico doesnt send their best” and followed that up with “they are rapists and drug dealers”. No he didnt specify they all are but he did imply that most of us are. If you dont see that you are quite dumb. Its like me saying “when the pilgrims came they didnt send their best. They sent murderers and racists.” What would you take from that? Is that ok for me to say only because I didnt say “All Pilgrims are racists and murderers”?

            Mulsims

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1eXRXL0nkk
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo_nYQ6ItWM

            You people are all so scared of things that are minimal in comparison to what we currently ive within our own borders like escalating police killings on civilians and “white” terrorists shooting up our schools and churches in the name of hate. Those are top concerns right now but you people hate others so much that you oversee these facts.

          • Kevin Sibona

            Let’s unpack this, and get down to it.
            The first video does not prove your point about how he wants to bomb all Muslims. It is very specific in the fact that they are talking about ISIS. Yes, he talks about taking out their families as well, and then talks about how civilian casualties are devastating and tough to deal with. If you had bothered to ask for my personal opinion, I would say we should not be bombing anyone, much less their families or civilians. But, you have decided to err on the side of hate so what else should I expect from such an obvious racist like yourself.
            The second video is just as valid to your point, meaning not at all. When you have evidence in the form of research polls in your hands that say 25% of a given population in your country believes that violence against your citizens is justified, you would do whatever you can to limit the collateral damage to any person living within your country, right? Or would you shrug your shoulders, say “What difference does it make?”, and then proceed to allow 10’s of 1000’s *more* in without so much as a cursory background check because, what…..guilt? No, you stop (temporarily, at least) the flow of refugees and immigrants from that particular area of the world until a system can be put in place to check *all* immigrants. But that would mean making some people sad, and apparently your fragile little self can’t handle making people sad. Unless they are white Republican Conservatives that disagree with your limited world view and dare to say anything that might be construed as offensive to you and your little clique of perpetually offended safe-space needing crybabies.
            You talk about “you people” and then try to make white people the biggest racists in the world. You talk about police wantonly killing civilians in the streets like it was a sport or game, but fail to recognize that civilian crime in some of the biggest cities in this country is on the rise, especially in those cities ran by Democrats and that also happen to have the strictest gun control laws. You also fail to recognize that police shootings of civilians in proportion to police interaction with civilians is less than 1%, but the shooting of police officers by militant racists hell bent on making some sort of statement is rising sharply.
            You want to be an idiot and think that the entire country is against you because you have darker skin than some of us, you go right on ahead and keep thinking that. But until you realize that you, as an American living in this country, are among the wealthiest in the world, that you have more advantages than 99% of the people in this world, and that you are squandering your opportunity by being some social justice crybaby, you will be forever oppressed. Not by some random, faceless system that HuffPo or Vox tells you exists, but by yourself.
            With that, we are done. Reply if you want, but I have wasted far too much time and energy on you already.

          • skyp0ckets

            I’m not on facebook, but I hear about it. People on the left are going nuts, don’t even want to maintain friendships woth Trump voters or those who voted third party. I’ve never seen/heard anything like it. People on the left need to seriously get their sh*t together if they hope to provide any challenge. It was a serious wallopping, clear down the ballot. That’s because they ran the least compelling candidate at the top of the ticket.

          • Razedbywolvs

            So what if we don’t know how Trump will govern. Why would that make a difference?
            Was Hitler not a good politician. I think he was a excellent politician, he did everything you said Trump did. Just like all politicians do. Should i lose my job for saying that. Am i afraid of Trump and fulling the fire?
            No. your afraid of the narrative and rhetoric. Thats why you think a comparison is inappropriate for discussion.
            They are afraid of being irrelevant, they have no sense of self worth and built a threat narrative to give them purpose. They love Trump, he is the villain they always wanted.
            I going to quot a couple of your sentience back to you.
            “I am not advocating for a “We have to pass it to see what’s in it” approach.”
            ” What I am saying, in regards to policy, is wait and see. Wait for Trump to actually put things in place”

          • Kevin Sibona

            Shall I explain the difference between knowing what a policy contains, and debating the merits of said policy, before it becomes law and sitting meekly by as the President pushes legislation upon the American people without so much as a cursory glance at what it is? Do you get that waiting until some policy is actually put forth is much better than coming up with every wild-assed idea of what may or may not happen when he *actually* takes office? Does the idea of being patient and allowing the man to begin to perform the duties of said office before we begin demonizing/glorifying his policy decisions elude you?
            What seems to strike me is that you are completely (possibly willfully) misunderstanding what I wrote. I am not afraid of comparisons, as long as they are done factually and are backed with clear and unbiased truths. It is not inappropriate for discussion to compare the political climate that brought both men to power, to examine the how and why. But to simply say that one is comparable to the other without anything more than the circumstantial evidence of them both being in the same position during the same atmosphere of civil unrest is disingenuous and lazy. Disregard the comparison of the *men*, because that gets nowhere. Allow discussion of the events and mindset of the people that got them where they are/where, and you have a valid point.
            Or, you can continue to misconstrue my words, turn them artfully to suit your argument, and then throw them back at me as if they were somehow weapons to be used in some random Internet discussion board battle. You can completely miss any point I have made so that you can search for and find what apparently upsets you and makes you feel the need to make me understand where I went wrong.
            Because thousands of people over the years have had their minds changed by some person they have never met telling them are wrong and insulting them, right?

          • Razedbywolvs

            No. I think that is a scape goat from the actual issue. I only address it because you seem to have tied it in with your over all point and it doesn’t really work for trying to connect this professors actions to all the people burning down Portland.
            Yes. I do get willing to wait. But I don’t get demanding other people wait. They have no obligation to do that and shouldn’t have one.
            Yes. No one would be making such a ridiculous argument if Kim jong un got elected.. again. If you have problems with the office or position it’s self, then criticizing them all is a justifiable. Also if a candidate’s are not unbiased, they hold political idealogical that could prevent them from ever implementing any policy that you like.
            Thank you for recognizing the valid point. It’s rare for people to admit that and it shows you have a lot of integrity. Also I know you didn’t mean it as a complement per say but thank you for calling my way of arguing artful. Yes, I do use words as a weapon. Especially your own words because it exposes Cognitive dissonance
            Who decides what the clear and unbiased Truth is, and how do they arrive at conclusion? Google ranks your search results by truthfulness instead of traffic. That way you don’t have to worry about getting biased information. Sound grate, right!
            Circumstantial evidence: Ok the reason there is a “Hitler did nothing wrong” meme is because there is only circumstantial evidence of his connection to the Holocaust.
            Would it be a good idea to disregard the comparison of Hitler to Stalin because that gets nowhere and there is only circumstantial evidence.. I don’t think so. No one is actually on trial, circumstantial evidence is fine.
            I don’t think I’m missing your point. Your point is it’s: Ok do discuses things and it’s Ok to compare people just not X and Y person because that causes violence and there is no proof.
            Disingenuous and lazy are not criminal offices unless your president is Joseph Stalin.

            Well you got the last paragraph right. People like me, who always defend people who are accused by the politically correct (regardless of who they are) and who constantly mover the overtone window of politically correct discourse. are directly responsible for paving the way for Trump getting elected. So when you say my feelz are hurt and it’s not ok to comparer Hitler and X because it causes civil unrest. It’s a big knife in the back.

          • Kevin Sibona

            Aside from this response being torture to read (grammatically speaking, it’s a mess along with the spelling errors. Not trying to invalidate your point, just noting that the entire thing was rather difficult to understand), I think there is nothing you or I could say to one another that would ever end in compromise. I have tried explaining my point of view several times. I have tried to clarify my statements. I have tried to concede areas to you.
            Nothing is panning out. You still have this idea in your head that I am being aggressive, if not to your point then to you personally. Which is what I am trying to not be.
            At any rate, enjoy your weekend. This conversation is going to lead nowhere, and I just don’t want to waste my time like that. I have other things to do without using energy on this squabble, so with that I say ‘cheers’.

      • Pancho Villa

        The main point, that you morons so conveniently miss, of both comparisons is that both rose to power relying almost exclusively on at least 1/2 the country having extreme racist beliefs and hate towards another race. Thats dangerous. We know what happened in Germany. Do you idiots really need for it to happen here so we can say we told you so?

  • IceTrey

    There’s no comparison. Hitler took 12 years to come to power while Trump did it in 12 months. If all it takes is to be a charismatic leader you might as well compare Obama to Hitler. Wait, Obama hasn’t made the country great so never mind.

    • Pancho Villa

      All it takes is to be a charismatic leader? There are countless examples of same tactics between Hitler and trump that Obama, as bad as he is, doesnt come close to. Why dont you take off your idiot goggles and actually see facts.

    • Akindeji Hill

      Yeah lets just keep our eyes closed IceTray. That will make all of this untrue, right?. If there is any justice in this world, the trumpstapo will come for your first.

  • Discochip

    “emotional environment right now”?? All I see on TV are crybabies, anarchists (don’t give me yer asinine definitions of why they aren’t, including they want small localized groups governing themselves, exchanging goods in a warehouse according to need, and no currency involved, please, stfu) and dope heads with piercings, i.e., unemployable, and those who are hired by the 100s of Soros-backed groups, hired via craigslist ads. And all the riots are near sanctuary cities, including the murder capitol of the U.S., that would be Chicago headed by Mayor Dead Fsh, but funny innit that Comey, Barry Soetoro, and Hillary all hail from Crook County? Where two Governors are/were in prison along with 650 Illinois State Congressman/women/homosexuals who’ve gone to prison. Bunch of jagovs, all of them, And not one Conservative is out rioting. tick that in yer Funken Wagnolls you filthy rioters. Trump should draft them all into the Military then trade them to North Korea for a herd of goats.

    • Pancho Villa

      Alot of ignorance in a few sentences.

  • Ibcamn

    so obama is…malcome X,or is he some other historical murderer,i mean obama murdered 3 americans with his pet drones,one was a teenanger…and of course don’t forget the recent school bombing under obama’s belt…what was it,36 kids..something like that…but his supporters don’t care,they turn off their ears and turn away their faces when you tell the truth about this obamanation………………….Trump hasn’t even taken the seat yet and all the racist came out and started spreading all types of lies,considering the stories about the turd in the white house were true,everyone says Trumps storys are true and obamas are fake,when it is in fact the other way around……obama[and hillary]murderers…Trump not
    bill and hillary,pedophiles…Trump is not….bill is a rapist[hillary and enabler]…Trump is not..
    the liberals look into their mirrors and point their fingers at someone else for what they see in the mirror…millenials listen to liberals,their lies and believe them,they ignore the truth on purpose just to get their narrative to line up and make them seem right,when they are wrong…dead wrong…and im guessing deep down they know,but they just lie and scream at you……..

    • Pancho Villa

      Yes Obama is a murderer but what does that have to do with the fact that Trump is provenly racist? You need 4 years to reinforce that fact? How dumb are you?

      • Ibcamn

        um…Trump isn’t racist,only the liberals/progressives say he is racist,and you believed that is true…that one is on you,no one else.and there isn’t a shred of any evidence he is a racist,he has stood up for the black community for decades and never changed on that[swayed] and he has a russian bride,and has plenty of other races as friends so to speak,i don’t want to sound racist defending a man who clearly is not and clearly has never been proven…you,sadly are one of the feminist/SJW’s that have fallen for the narrative set forth for you to believe in…and you fell for it like all the idiots rioting for hillary in the streets of America……you blame Trump for destroying our country while your out destroying the country….wake up,you have been played.

        • Pancho Villa

          No. I believe what I heard from Trump’s mouth. He said “Mexico doesnt send their best. They are rapists and drug dealers.” SO if you ok with “the blacks” (Trump qoute) that means you not racist? Saying that about Mexicans is ok? I dont think they are protesting for Hillary. I think its more they are protesting against Trump. I am not for either. I like to use my common sense. Both party followers are just sheep falling into the obvious trap of being divided and thinking their elected candidate is the savior when it has been proven time and time again that they both work for the same few. The very defenition of insane.

          • Ibcamn

            oh no,if your using that statement…use the whole thing, in context and then say it….don’t pick n choose the words you want in the order you want…that is an outright lie and you know it…but that is what you liberal/progressives do…cherry pick.you and i know how he said it,you know how you are saying it,is wrong,and out of context,just what i said you people say,you went and did it and used it to prove your point,which proves my point..he said that mexico sends millions of their people here,and the problem is,most can’t come here legally,they have records and would not qualify,so they send their worst along with their best,and the worst are,in fact,criminals,rapist,thieve’s.these people will and do break into your house and steal your shit,steal your car and steal your money from you instead of working for it,they do,in fact rape at a larger rate than what was normal in that area they move to…and you know that is how he said all that,but you butt hurt kids all cherry pick and continue the lie,just like harry reid use to do,he would stand up their at the podium and lie out his ass,but to him,he didn’t care,as long as he got his narrative out there first,so simple folks like you would pick up on it and run with it,then continue the lie[s] so it will fit your narrative,to make you happy…so you will lie to get your way,knowingly lie….sad
            so when trump actually said they are this and that.you forgot the whole thing and in the proper order to which it was said..you removed the truth and put your dreams in place of the truth….that’s a lie…and it has been proven time and time again.

          • Pancho Villa

            Us people? He never said “along with their best”. Thats a lie. Thats how you are sugar coating it. Fact is also that everybody’s worst are criminals. Thats stupid to even say about one specific race. I havent seen one ilegal shoot up schools with kids in them. Did England send their worst here? Because white people here in USA don’t exactly have such a great histroy. They committed the wrost genocide in human history and got rich off of slavery. Today’s wealth in USA is still mostly due to slavery. Does that mean England didnt send their best? Did England send its worst? Is that a fact as well? I am using your logic. These people? When it comes to innocent people being shot, the one race that comes to mind that has shown to be more capable of doing this are white people. Thats a fact. The people that committ the most incest and hate crimes are by far white people as well. Thats a fact.

          • Ibcamn

            i feel sorry for people like you…who refuse to see what is right in front of them…dig a little my special little snowflake and you will see it,find it,hear it and hopefully believe it…he even said they are a great people,vantastic people and he has respect for them….but let me guess,you don’t want to believe that either….wake up,your being used by the left,they tell you what you need to hear…just like the hit piece they did on trump here a little bit ago,they cut up and interview and made it sound like he said one thing when he was still answering another thing the media asked…and they put in bits from another[previous protest]but added to a current one…george soros paid protesters….funny how the media loves doing that…Trump outted the media…now they are getting even for that…they even said he isn’t transparent because he didn’t invite the press to a private dinner with his family,Trump doesn’t need to tell them shit,but yet they will lie to get back at him,hit pieces because they are butt hurt…they are all frauds,all of them.

          • Pancho Villa

            Yes they are. Dont know why you think I rely on any of them for my info. I did my own research on Trump. Saw entire interviews. Also saw the one where he said that an American judge was unable to give him a fair trial because of his Mexican Heritage. If thats not racist to you nothing is and this discussion is a watse of both our times.

          • Ibcamn

            well you still didn’t find the right one yet if you still think all this….and what does a judge have to do with trump dump dumbass when this is about what trump said in a certain interview…or are you trying to change the subject because you found out im right and you lied and are just afraid of the truth now,so taking all this into another direction would take the conversation with it…not happening,your lying and you got caught admit it….

  • Riley

    This is the issue. Mountain View High School is a PUBLIC high school. Therefore, it is FUNDED by the government, and regardless if it is factual, if you are teaching a “lesson” on comparing Hitler to Trump (althought with factual information), you are still giving an obvious political opinion which is not allowed. (Backed up by this comment which clearly defines his opinion: “Is it better to see bigotry and say nothing? That’s what the principal was telling me (during our conversation). In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry.”) Secondly, you are a teacher. You need to allow your own students to think for themselves. Thanks.

  • JdL

    “Hitler said he would make Germany great again, and Donald Trump said he would make America great again.”

    Yeah, and Hitler drank milk, and – GASP! – Hillary Clinton drinks milk too! This teacher is pushing pure propaganda. Shame on you, Claire, for succumbing to such nonsense!