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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11 comments Add yours
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. Yikes! Remember an emotional Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s International Trade Minister, fighting back tears when EU trade talks got tough in October 2016:
    As Ezra Levant pointed out, crying Freeland embarrassed Canada in those EU trade talks:
    Levant noted that from the standpoint of negotiators on the other side, they see how easy it is to get into her head, seeing “an impatient, short attention span, thin-skinned emotional wreck, amateur quota token” that Canada has sent out to negotiate, leaving our negotiating counterparts saying, ‘We will eat her alive’. Indeed!
    If crying doesn’t work, now pouting Freeland chooses to cast slanderous aspersions on the U.S. President. Pathetic. This can’t go well for Canada. The Trudeau regime is not shy about playing the Nazi card. Remember Trudeau’s top advisor, Gerald Butts, saying those who laughed at Trudeau’s “peoplekind” comment are Nazis.

  4. 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?

  5. 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 brain is required to function

    1. @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.

    2. Here is the rub apart from the fact Freeland probably is still smarting tjat she got outed from her deliberate forgetting her grandfather was a Nazi collaborater there is more
      Freeland got her Scholarship from a man Hitler himself approved of. A mam many consider the African Adolf Hitler. RHODES was a white racist imperialist supremacist and modern history’s first fascist and the very Godfather of apartheid. Rhodes set up the first black reserve in South Africa and instigated the Boer war. RHODES was so hated by Africans that the countries named after the fascist godfather of apartheid Cecil Rhodes changed their names to Zimbabwe and Zambia upon independence. RHODES made his money exploiting blacks working in his diamond mines and that money he formed the Rhodes Scholarship which Freeland got.Freelamd thus profited from the godfather of apartheid Cecil Rhodes the made Hitler himself approved of as a fellow racist.

  6. The implication is certainly there. The listener/reader is supposed to connect those two dots while she can claim she meant or said no such thing.
    We must bear in mind her high Mainstream Media pedigree, skill with words, and longstanding liberalish connections; her father was a Liberal and mother a New Democrat. I assess her remarks as a coy attempt to link Trump with Nazism. Worse, she reveals a strong vein of elitism and contempt for populism and people. There’s the suggestion that ‘we, the people’ are but the mindless masses.

  7. 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.

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