On a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the 60-year-old comedian put an satirical, but brutally accurate spin on the idea that presidential demagogue Donald Trump has pulled inspiration for many of his speeches from the most infamous dictator in all of history, Adolf Hitler.
The rumors may have some truth to it, as a 1990 Vanity Fair article implied that Trump kept a volume of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, presumably to gleam ideas for his current policies. In the article’s interview, Trump doesn’t confirm or deny this, of course, in his typical, round-about, bullshitting fashion.
Maher ‘translated’ footage of Hitler giving one of his raving speeches during World War II, complete with subtitles. In the fake translation, Maher imitated Trump’s speaking style, spouting darkly comedic phrases like “we’re going to make Germany great again”, “the Treaty of Versailles? A terrible deal!”, and “when I’m Fuhrer, Germany is gonna annex again. There’s gonna be so much annexing, you’re gonna get sick of annexing”.
The bit was topped off by mocking Trump’s mudslinging insult style, with Maher (as Hitler) quipping, “President Hindenburg? He’s a stiff, very low energy. He built a blimp with his name on it, it was a total disaster!” While, clearly, this is not a genuine translation and Maher’s tongue remained planted firmly in his cheek, you gotta admit that Donald and Adolf’s speech styles are not too far apart. The fact that this piece of satire is believable isn’t that funny, it’s scary; we just hope it’s scary enough to get y’all out there to make sure this hatemonger doesn’t become leader of the free world.