A simple tweet, signed by “the People of Germany’, went viral over the weekend as it urged Americans to go out and vote against republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Ending with the hashtag #BeenThereDoneThat, it cautiously added a connection to Germany’s horrific leadership of Adolf Hitler.
The message reads: “Dear Americans. Go ahead, vote for the guy with the loud voice who hates minorities, threatens to imprison his opponent, doesn’t give a fuck about democracy, and claims he alone can fix everything. What could possibly go wrong?”
As to be expected, the brief letter was met with mixed reactions, but the author who used the pseudonym Johan Franklin, felt it necessary to follow it up with a lengthier piece after being accused of working for Hillary Clinton and receiving multiple death threats from Trump supporters.
“I just had to say SOMETHING”
Franklin, who is a Hamburg native and currently resides in San Diego, California for work, made it clear that he has no voting rights in the States, and hoped it would dispel rumors that he wasn’t German, even if it meant showing his birth certificate.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Franklin told the publication “Of course it appears arrogant to claim to speak for the whole Germany. Of course it provokes ridicule if a German, of all people, says these things. That’s fine. But I just had to say SOMETHING”.
According to polls, less then ten percent of Germans would be happy with Trump winning the presidency and are shocked over the things he has said on the campaign trail in regards to immigration, his desire to build a wall between the US and Mexico, and his overall attitude towards minorities and women.
“nobody will take Hitler comparisons seriously anymore”
German historian Thomas Weber sent an email to the Washington Post in response to the viral tweet, warning that the the world is becoming numb to the numerous Hitler connections that have been thrown out there about numerous politicians.
“There is a ‘crying wolf’ danger of an inflationary use of Hitler comparisons, for instance, that nobody will take Hitler comparisons seriously anymore when they really should and have to be made,” Weber argued in this letter. “The danger also is that people will rally to defend the people who unfairly have been compared to Hitler and feel sorry for them, rather than to figure out what’s wrong with them.”
The followup letter by Franklin saw him easing back on the Hitler comparison, stating that it was “a bit of an over exaggerated cliché” to stir up attention, and he is happy it did, despite the backlash.