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Donald Trump Gloated About Angela Merkel Comparing Him to Adolf Hitler

Most people would be offended if they were compared to Adolf Hitler. But not Donald Trump. At least according to a new book by ABC’s chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Karl’s book Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party, has been excerpted by Politico Playbook. The book reveals that Trump bragged about a clever back-handed compliment courtesy of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was, of course, no compliment, since she was comparing Trump to Hitler.

Merkel is not particularly fond of Trump, and she commented that the former president, like a certain German dictator, was talented at drawing huge crowds.

And in at least two separate instances, Karl writes, Trump boasted to a prominent member of Congress that Merkel, who tried to hold her tongue with Trump in person, but privately despised him, told him she was “amazed” by the massive crowds who came to see him speak, according to Mediaite. That led the 45th president to say “She told me that there was only one other political leader who ever got crowds as big as mine.” The Congressman, a Trump supporter, realized she was comparing Trump to Hitler but didn’t know whether Trump, who took Merkel’s words as a compliment, understood this.

That led Karl, to wonder in his book: “Which would be more unsettling: that he didn’t or that he did?”

We have seen several instances of Trump either allegedly or flat-out praising the Nazi leader who caused the murders of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. John Kelly, Trump’s former chief of staff, wrote in his own book that as they traveled to Europe in 2018 to commemorate the ending of World War 1 100 years ago, Trump said:

“Well, Hitler did a lot of good things,” and added that under the German dictator, the economy in Germany began to improve after the war ended.

That isn’t even the half of it. In their book, The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017 — 2021, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser write that Trump complained about the military he commanded to Kelly: “You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?” “Which generals?” Kelly asked. “The German generals in World War II.”

Of course, that led Kelly to remind him that these generals “tried to kill Hitler three times.”

We’ve also heard about the book of Hitler speeches that Trump allegedly kept for a bit of light reading near his bedside, according to a claim by his late ex-wife, Ivana Trump.

This means Trump likely understood exactly what Merkel was saying,

Trump understands that he shares a lot of commonalities with Hitler and the fact that he thinks Merkel was complimenting him is pretty disgusting. Anyone who admires a mass murderer — which is exactly what Hitler was — is a scumbag and should not be allowed anywhere near the White House.

We know he incited that deadly riot on January 6, 2021. What else could he possibly do if he becomes president again?

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