Veteran actor and Democrat Alec Baldwin's portrayal of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live has garnered near-unanimous praise since the 2016 campaign (except, of course, from Trump himself).
But in a recent tweet, Baldwin reminded his followers that Trump's ascent and increasing corruption is no laughing matter.
Baldwin compared the Republican Senate's subservience to Trump to the rise of Adolf Hitler in WWII Germany.
You wonder how Hitler took control of a once great country. For those of you too young to recall the War or its aft… https://t.co/VYzfGFiFwE— HABFoundation (@HABFoundation) 1581600287.0
People often bristle at comparing any modern politician to the world's most infamous dictator, responsible for the murder and persecution of millions upon millions of people.
But recent weeks have sparked deep concerns that the United States is becoming increasingly authoritarian due to Republican apathy toward Trump's corruption.
Since Trump was acquitted by the Republican-dominated Senate in his impeachment trial earlier this month, he's fired career officials who complied with congressional subpoenas and testified before the House committee overseeing impeachment. He's publicly extorted the state of New York on Twitter. He's intervened in the Justice Department's prosecution of his convicted former campaign advisor.
Trump, thankfully, is no Hitler, but the constant inaction from Republicans coupled with Trump's newfound emboldenment has some concerned that the United States' famed rule of law is evaporating before our eyes.
Trump lies to the people who love and trust him. Why wouldn’t they believe him? Like 1930s and 40s Germany- it’s to… https://t.co/CB0NfuOK1g— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman) 1581199729.0
Kravis’ withdrawal notice, unlike Zelenski’s, specifies he’s resigned from DOJ. He put his career & livelihood on t… https://t.co/uyEIfti20T— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1581456312.0
Every day that Trump is allowed to circumvent the rule of law, we take one step closer to becoming Nazi Germany. G… https://t.co/Jt4w4naxy0— Ms. Krassenstein (@Ms. Krassenstein) 1581462416.0
Trump’s about to crackdown on homeless & people in the streets. This is sounding more like 35 Germany w each hour.… https://t.co/x8KlIKJ5OG— Frank Sowa (@Frank Sowa) 1581399125.0
People need to wake up!We need to reference history. I have been on this for some time and accelerated my concern t… https://t.co/CQQtW1rgM6— William (@William) 1581704198.0
Our country is on the same slippery slope Germany was on in the 1930’s. When you mix a propagandist with a narcis… https://t.co/PAmEUil8yS— AGirlHasNoPresident 🆘 (@AGirlHasNoPresident 🆘) 1581511929.0
You can have the rule of law. Or you can have the Trump presidency. Not both. And it's getting worse after each tim… https://t.co/sxAkOyYhkx— David Frum (@David Frum) 1581478843.0
For more insight into the fragility of democracy, check out How Democracies Die, available here.