KEZIA Dugdale was ribbed a bit for heading to America to campaign for Hillary Clinton for a few days.
I don’t always agree with Kezia but I back her on this one. Those who criticise Scottish politicians for international engagement are promoting the classic cringe approach, ie “don’t get above your station”.
Kezia’s presence is not going to swing it in the US. But I can well understand why anyone with the means and the time would want to stop Trump.
I was pleased to hear that several SNP staffers are already in the States, campaigning for the Democrats.
Hillary is far from perfect. But a Trump victory would be catastrophic. Trump’s campaign chief apologised this week for one of their supporters shouting “Jew-SA” at reporters. The chairman of the American Nazi Party Rocky Suhayda has praised Trump.
Notorious former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been so galvanised, he’s once again running for senate himself.
Respected American historian Ken Burns told CNN recently he thought the billionaire’s campaign was straight out of the German Nazi Party’s “playbook”.
Over the top? Well here’s how Hitler’s biographer, the Oxford professor Sir Ian Kershaw, describes the German dictator’s speeches in the 20s and early 30s: “The contrast of Germany’s strength in a glorious past with its current weakness and national humiliation – a sick state in the hands of traitors and cowards who had betrayed the Fatherland to its powerful enemies and behind them, the Jews...a cheating and corrupt government and party system presiding over economic misery, social division, political conflict and ethical collapse.”
For Jews insert Mexicans/immigrants/muslims/liberals. Otherwise the rhetoric of Donald and Adolf is the same – not least their incoherent rage.
Hilter’s success was unfathomable to educated people in Germany. He was a stupid man – a loser, a drop out, a delusional, paranoid narcissist. Trump is born into wealth and privilege and has enjoyed business success, if you discount four company bankruptcies. But like Hitler he is stupid. Like Hitler, he was a figure of fun at the start of his political journey. Nobody’s laughing now.
Trumps character flaws, his treatment or women and his bullying personality are well known. I was very struck by an anecdote from Richard Branson of the time he was invited to lunch with Trump in the 90s.
The Donald spent the entire meal ranting about how he would take revenge on his enemies. Branson found the encounter unsettling.
Read the rest of my column here.