When Trump came for the Mexicans,
I did not speak out — as I was not a Mexican.
When he came for the Muslims,
I did not speak out — as I was not a Muslim.
Then he came for me.
Niemoller’s original goes like this:
First they came for the Communists,
And I did not speak out — because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists,
And I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me —
And there was no one left to speak out for me.
The text is all about Nazis. But wait, there’s more! An accompanying cartoon depicts Trump wielding, in one hand, a sword that looks straight out of "Aladdin" and holding, in the other hand, the head of Lady Liberty, having apparently decapitated our national symbol of freedom. So the imagery is pure Islamic State.
And the New York Daily News isn’t the only one drawing parallels between Trump and the terrorist group that attacked Paris last month and apparently inspired last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night, host Trevor Noah declared that Trump is "white ISIS,” saying the real estate magnate is using a “radical ideology” to promote conflict between Islam and the West — just like the terrorists.
That, like Wednesday’s tabloid cover, is over-the-top. “The Daily Show,” clearly branded as satire, surely knows this, and I suspect the Daily News does too. They are making a rhetorical point — and a powerful one, at that.
But I wonder if it will have the desired effect, or perhaps the exact opposite. The Trump haters who eat this stuff up already think he’s a fascist with goofy hair, instead of a goofy mustache. His supporters, however — who remain numerous if not growing in number — are galvanized when they see further evidence of what Trump has been telling them all along: The media is biased against me, it’s us against them, and we are going to win.