After Comparisons To Fascism, The Trump Campaign Defends “Vermin” Remarks

( — A spokesman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign this week dismissed critics who accused him of echoing the rhetoric of fascist dictators after he vowed to root out his political enemies like “vermin,” the New York Times reported.

At a Veterans Day campaign stop in New Hampshire on Saturday, Trump promised to “root out the communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical left thugs” that he said “live like vermin” in the country.

Trump’s remarks drew ire from historians and liberal commentators who accused the former president of using the same dehumanizing rhetoric as dictators like Adolf Hitler.

In a statement on Sunday, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung dismissed the comparison as a “ridiculous assertion” and accused Trump’s critics of being “snowflakes” who grasp for any complaint because they suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Cheung warned that Trump’s critics’ “entire existence will be crushed” when he “returns to the White House.”

According to the Washington Post, Cheung later clarified his statement, saying that he did not mean to say “entire existence” but “sad, miserable existence.”

A spokesman for the Biden reelection campaign blasted Trump’s Veteran’s Day remarks for parroting “the autocratic language” of dictators that many veterans “gave their lives fighting” to defeat the same “un-American ideas” that Trump is championing.

While Trump frequently used harsh language in his previous two presidential campaigns, his rhetoric has grown more vitriolic this time around.

In recent campaign speeches, Trump called for shoplifters to be shot and drug dealers to be executed. He also recently suggested that former Joint Chief Chairman Gen. Mark Milley should be executed for treason.

In a recent interview with pro-Trump site The National Pulse, Trump said illegal immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country,” a phrase many critics claimed echoed Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf.”

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