On Monday night, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough took to Twitter to post an excerpt from the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) report on dictator Adolph Hitler. The OSS was the WWII precursor to the CIA and NSA.
In the OSS psychological profile of Hitler, they described the head of the NAZI party with the classic traits of a person with narcissistic personality disorder. While anyone can display some degree of any of the traits of a narcissist, the diagnosis of the personality disorder is rare and requires a specific rigid set of personality traits that the person refuses to deviate from.
Scarborough—who now works as a host of Morning Joe on MSNBC—tweeted:
“‘His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never accept blame; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; repeat it frequently enough people will believe it’.”
“Hitler’s psychological profile in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services.”
People immediately made comparisons to another world leader.
What’s more worrisome….that POTUS embodies so much of that profile, or that so many people (Congress) are seemingly going along?
— Phil Christian (@pdcIV) October 23, 2018
At some point, the choice is simple Authoritarian autocratic leader that McConnell enables with no negotiations with the minority party or save Liberal Democracy. The old GOP is gone replaced with the far right.
— Cloudydays16 (@cloudydays1971) October 23, 2018
— Mary (@maryjan914) October 23, 2018
Many pointed out, that while Scarborough made certain not to personally point any fingers, others had.
“It’s the same old hate. It’s the same old call to arms,” as Hitler was guilty of. Great article by @Stonekettle! A must read for anyone who may doubt that Trump is working the Nazi line. Thank you for the excellent work and the link
— cj hannum (@Seajay603) October 23, 2018
— Beth Geller (@JustBeSmoothNJ) October 23, 2018
We don’t have to repeat history. We can still make this right.
— Mike McDade (@zerixismike) October 23, 2018
And yet your country looks set to allow the Republicans to maintain control of the senate and, still possibly, the house
— Dominic OwenWilliams (@Liguaneaman) October 23, 2018
Scarborough went on to refer to his tweet on his program Tuesday morning with Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. On air, Scarborough read the full OSS profile.
Brzezinski then began a segment highlighting some of the President’s more recent false statements. Scarborough also threw a question to correspondent Willie Geist who further detailed some of Trump’s comments on the GOP campaign trail.
They finished the segment with a rebuttal of the President’s recurring statements about a caravan of immigrants that left Honduras headed for the United States made by Shep Smith on Fox News.
Watch the segment here.
Scarborough’s tweet was not the only thing that brought to mind similarities between the WWII dictator and the 45th United States President.