Did Chrystia Freeland Compare Donald Trump To Hitler?

It would be particularly ironic considering numerous reports indicating Freeland’s grandfather collaborated with the Nazis.

People are raising questions about part of a New York Times article featuring Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in which she appears to make a link between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler.

Here’s the section in question, quoted at length:

“The optimism Freeland displayed only weeks earlier was now mostly gone. With the United States imposing tariffs and threatening the legally binding Nafta treaty, Freeland believed much larger and more troubling issues had been raised. She was worried that Western nations were forgetting the lessons of history from the 20th century and taking for granted the institutions of a rules-based global order constructed over decades under the leadership of the United States. America’s closest friend and ally and a country that might see America more clearly than it sees itself now offered a dire warning about the perils to liberal democracy in this “fraught” era. Freeland said she had recently come across a “terrifying” quote from Adolf Hitler, explaining his rise to power in Germany in a time of economic uncertainty and grievance. “I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached,” Hitler had said. “Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them. … I, on the other hand … reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realized this and followed me.”

She leaned forward, a look of concern in her eyes. “How do you attract voters and public support compared with the flashiness of exciting, chaotic, fact-ignoring populism?” she asked. “The reason Hitler won was because all of the other politicians were giving complicated and difficult explanations about difficult things. Hitler just told people simple things that they wanted to hear.”’

While Freeland didn’t directly link Trump and Hitler with her comments, her mentioning of Hitler’s rise to power, and then right afterwards talking about so-called “chaotic, fact-ignoring populism,” in the context of a discussion about tariffs imposed by Trump leaves very little doubt about what she was referring to.

Of course, there are some big ironies here.

First, every political party offers “simple things” that people want to hear. The Trudeau Liberals said their carbon tax would save the environment and boost the economy at the same time with ease – and how did that overly simplistic idea work out? (*cough* Trans Mountain Debacle *cough*). Total failure.

Second, Chrystia Freeland is in an interesting position to be talking about Nazism, considering the numerous reports – including in the Ottawa Citizen – that Freeland’s grandfather Michael Chomiak was a “Nazi collaborator”, despite Freeland denying it and trying to blame ‘Russian disinformation.’:

“Well it actually isn’t so outlandish. Michael Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator. What are the sources for the information that Freeland’s grandfather worked for the Nazis? For starters, The Ukraine Archival Records held by the Province of Alberta. It has a whole file on Chomiak, including his own details about his days editing the newspaper Krakivski Visti. Chomiak noted he edited the paper first in Crakow (Cracow), Poland and then in Vienna. The reason he edited the paper in Vienna was because he had to flee with his Nazis colleagues as the Russians advanced into Poland. (The Russians tended to execute collaborators well as SS members). So what was the Krakivski Visti? It, like a number of publications, had been seized by the Nazis from their Jewish owners and then operated as propaganda outlets.”

Of course, Freeland should not be judged by the actions of her grandfather. With that said, you would imagine she would think twice about throwing Nazi comparisons out there.

And finally, it’s pretty arrogant to think that people wouldn’t notice the Hitler comparison. While Trump himself has made Nazi comparisons before (comparing the US intel agencies to “Nazi Germany” on Twitter), making those types of links are generally signs of a pathetically weak argument.

There is a huge gap between not responding to the US, and comparing the US President to Hitler, and in between those two extremes is a balanced position that would serve Canada far better.

Spencer Fernando

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Laura Griffin
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What is wrong with these people? My brother calls Pres. Trump a diaper stain on humanity. WTH??? He is over in Singapore right now to bring peace to the peninsula for the first time in over 50 years, and he is treated with such disrespect. The left has lost it’s mind.

Mark
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Mark

Reductio ad Hitlerum – Whenever a leftist or Liberal start loosing an argument they always resort to comparing or equating their opponent to Hitler. If Hitler had never existed the left would have to invent him!

Tommy Hawk
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At the risk of sounding a tad caustic, why is that every time I see/hear her in her ‘official capacity,’ she reminds me of the petulant child who, not getting her way, is borderline in tears, or offering some comment as a verbal ‘stamping of her feet,’ while at the same time looking like someone who swallowed a walnut and forgot to take it out of the shell?

Or, could it just be me?

John Green
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John Green

Are you sure you’re talking about Freeland, or Trump?

doug
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doug

why do you lefties always bring Trump into it when you have nothing to dispute what was said about your lib idol here?

Ron Voss
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Ron Voss

After this fiasco, will Trudeau’s eyebrows fall off completely?: http://www.wnd.com/2018/06/fake-brows-trudeau-lowers-eyebrows-in-trump-tiff/

Colyne Gibbons
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Colyne Gibbons

Reading these remarks certainly provides an insight into the thought process of the commenter. Whatever happened to analytical/critical thought? Or is the T.V. education viewed as the epitome of academic excellence. South of Canada’s border is a leader who is a narcissistic, pathological liar, while Canada has a Marxist/socialist autocrat. The poison is the same, it’s destructive whether from a southern or northern cup. Hitler said “Followed me, only I can make Germany great again” and the underbelly followed..Trump said “Follow me, only I can make America great again. and the underbelly followed.” Try doing some serious research where the… Read more »

Andy
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Andy

@Colyne Gibbons: You need to think more objectively. Trump frequently sticks his foot in his mouth and comes across as a buffoon – yet despite that, he’s actually accomplishing some good things as president.

Justin Trudeau frequently sticks his foot in his mouth and comes across as a buffoon – and is precisely that, albeit a more insidious one.

doug
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doug

How about you worry about what the groper boy is not doing for the benefit of canada & not whine about your hurt feeling because you don’t like Trump…

Brian dougan
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Point taken. However; this is an opinion forum; not everyone has the time or skills to present quality source material–or original thought. I’m curious about you calling Trump a “pathological liar.” He may lie at times; a fact that’s true for even the most pious person. Can you give us any reliable; objective proof that he is a “pathological liar?” Please don’t quote media people with an ax to grind. He may be “poison” to the political Left; but at least he loves his country; is working for Americans, and upholding the US Constitution. Explain how that is “poison”??

Del
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Del

Trump is a self hater compared to Trudeau who just might be the ultimate narcissistic bigot. Trudeau has obvious indications of mental and emotional problems and could very well be affected by a mild case of fetal alcohol syndrome.

John Green
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John Green

As you say…
“Of course, Freeland should not be judged by the actions of her grandfather.”
Yet you do. So which is it? An issue or not as you can’t seem to make up your mind.
The fact that her comments were spot on in terms of how people are manipulated for political gain is the point to be taken away from this.