A CNN analyst and senior adviser at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute on Saturday charged that President Trump’s call to “reclaim” America’s heritage was similar to rhetoric used by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler — but she appeared unaware that former Vice President Joe Biden himself had made a virtually identical comment in 2011.
Samantha Vinograd, who also served on the National Security Council in the Obama administration, claimed that Trump’s remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday had made her “sick, on a personal level.”
Trump told a raucous crowd at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., that he would recommit to prioritizing U.S. interests and praised “patriots” in attendance.
“The men and women here today are on the front lines of protecting America’s interests, defending America’s values, and reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage,” Trump said during a fiery two-hour, expletive-laden address. “With your help, we are reversing decades of blunders and betrayals. These are serious, serious betrayals to our nation and to everything we stand for. It’s been done by the failed ruling class that enriched foreign countries at our expense. It wasn’t America first; in many cases it was America last. Those days are over, long over.”
For Vinograd, those remarks evoked not patriotism, but the systematic gassing and slaughtering of millions of Jews, Slavs, homosexuals, and other minority groups.
“Preserving your heritage, reclaiming our heritage — that sounds a lot like a certain leader that killed members of my family and about 6 million other Jews in the 1940s,” Vinograd told CNN anchor Ana Cabrera, who had prompted Vinograd by ominously arguing that Trump’s language “taps into historically darker times.”