Considering that the 2016 presidential election has been nothing less than bizarre, the op-ed that Donald Trump wrote for The Los Angeles Times in 1999 just boggles the mind.
Trump actually condemns former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan for the same type of bigotry that Trump is using in his own campaign.
The op-ed begins by attacking a book Buchanan published which opposes America’s role in World War II.
“Buchanan winks at barbarism in his new book,” Trump wrote. “There is no other way to describe his views. Buchanan argues that we should have ignored Hitler’s rampage to Eastern Europe during World War II. Hitler meant us no harm, Buchanan says. The same man who argued forcefully — and in my opinion correctly — that we should not give an inch during the Cold War is now saying in effect that Hitler should have been appeased.”
Trump goes on to criticize Buchanan for scapegoating racial, religious and ethnic minorities to gain popularity during his run for presidency.
“Buchanan has enjoyed a long psychic friendship with Hitler, whom he has called ‘an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier and a leader steeped in the history of Europe,’” Trump wrote. “He also warns his followers that the United States is controlled by Jews, especially regarding foreign policy. On slow days, he attacks gays, immigrants, welfare recipients, even Zulus. When cornered, he says he’s misunderstood.”
That’s curious since Trump has built his campaign around attacking immigrants and religious minorities.
“Buchanan is rewriting history and spreading fear for one purpose: To gain political power,” Trump wrote toward the end of his op-ed. “That makes him a very dangerous man.”