Hitler’s rise (with 33% support):

- German right "forsook true conservatism"

- officials thought they could “tame” Hitler but were eventually fired

- people thought Hitler too "mediocre" to be a dictator

- Germans who opposed Nazism failed to unite against it

We cannot fail.
Nazis engineered an event—the Reichstag Fire, where the Parliament building was burned—to pass emergency laws to “protect citizens” and arrest people they characterized as dangerous opponents.

Modern Right-wing groups are pretending to be Antifa and stirring up violence now.
The times are different. I’m not saying we are at this point, or trying to fear-monger. I know 2020 is scary enough as it is.

But the Germans certainly didn’t know when *they* crossed this point either. These patterns shouldn’t be ignored.
Any leader advocating breaking an election into pieces by telling citizens to vote twice; ordering his Attorney General to prosecute his opponents; to break every rule and norm to win and perpetuate a violent strife between countrymen warrants a careful look.
Anyone thinking I am being hyperbolic: this is the President’s longtime advisor whose sentence he commuted advocating publicly for the immediate imprisonment of Trump’s opponents and a seizure of the ballots on Election Day. Stone is a kook, but Hitler was “mediocre” too.
final point: I doubt Trump sat down and read Hitler’s or Mussolini’s strategy and thought “this is what I will do!” more likely that it is the *nature* of the man that dictates this pattern of behavior; not a conscious decision to be fascist, but an urge to dominate everything.
Final final point: some comments abt family members saying Trump had Hitler’s speeches on his bedside table... that’s the kind of mythos fascists create. Trump does not read. He said Thailand “thighland.” You think he’s leafing through 1930’s Hitler speeches at night? Come on.

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30 Aug
Good time to point out Rod Rosenstein is now in private practice representing an Israeli tech firm that the Senate Intelligence Committee identified as a foreign interference actor for the Trump Campaign.
Rosenstein is representing NSO Group, currently in litigation with WhatsApp who claims the Israeli company surveilled thousands of users unlawfully.
Everyone is entitled to lawyers, and lawyers shouldn’t be demonized for representing clients. But it’s hard not to see a pretty big conflict of interest here for Mr. Rosenstein. Couldn’t *anyone* else at the firm hired by NSO Group take this on?
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24 Aug
NEW: AG seeks info on loan from Deutsche Bank to Trump for debt on Trump Tower Chicago that Trump owed—to Deutsche Bank.

Trump owed real estate division $48 million after a lawsuit. It “cut ties” to Trump. But then Deutsche’s private wealth division lent Trump the $48 million.
Deutsche Bank isn’t named here—AG James is going after the Trump side of the loan. One holding company owned by Trump lent another the $48 million to cover the settlement. But it’s unclear Trump ever acknowledged the reduced amount as income, or why he shouldn’t have to.
The Trump Org sent CFO Allan Weiselberg to explain this to AG James in April 2020. He had no answers. James wants to subpoena documents and info on the holding companies and find out whether fraud was involved.
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24 Aug
NEW: NY AG lawsuit is filed against The Trump Organization, Eric Trump, two Trump LLC’s (DJT Holdings LLC, Seven Springs LLC); a New York lawyer Charles Martabano, the law firm Morgan Lewis, and Trump Org accountant Sheri Dillon.
Martabano was a Trump attorney who worked on a project called Seven Springs, which involved purchase of a large 213-acre estate in Katonah, NY. Trump was going to build seven mansions on the property in 2012. Seems likely this lawsuit is related to that enterprise.
From reporting on the Seven Springs project last year:

“While records show the property is assessed at a total of about $19.6 million estimated market value, Trump listed the value at more than $50 million, according to a federal financial disclosure report.”
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23 Aug
Senate Report findings on Trump-Alfa Bank 2016 server connection:

Russia’s largest private bank contacting Trump Org server was “not covert communications,” but Senate can’t explain it. Lots redacted.

Contact began weeks after Deutsche Bank refused Trump a loan for first time.
Key to note: only 2 other entities were contacting the Trump server:

1. Spectrum Health (company connected to Erik Prince)

2. Heartland Payment Systems, a payment processing firm. Heartland is owned by same conglomerate that owns Alfa Bank’s credit card unit.
What always struck me here is that the lookups were one-way. Two servers at Russia’s largest private bank were looking up a little known Trump Org server in the middle of the 2016 campaign. But the Trump Org never looked up Alfa Bank.

What kind of technology exchange is one-way?
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Four years into Trump’s presidency we still have no idea why a division of Deutsche Bank loaned Trump more than $400 million *after* he defaulted on a $640 million loan. The same division had deep ties to Russia—to the tune of $3 billion—and laundered for Jeffrey Epstein.
But it isn’t all bad news.

NY prosecutors have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank. NY regulators recently fined the division $150 million for its Epstein violations. Epstein’s associate is going to trial. Deutsche Bank is investigating a relationship b/w a banker and Jared Kushner.
Abroad too: Scottish regulators want to use its money laundering laws to examine how Trump paid all cash for golf courses there between 2010-2014.
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5 Aug
JUST IN: New York Attorney General Letitia James will make a “major national announcement” tomorrow morning at 11:30 am EST.
Unclear what this is about, but strange it comes within 1 hour of NYT dropping a major story that Manhattan DA subpoenaed/obtained Trump’s Deutsche Bank records, and weeks after New York DFS fined the same division of Deutsche for work with Epstein. Is this related? Stay tuned.
Should reiterate—we have no clue if this is Trump-related. AG James could be announcing a number of things tomorrow that might qualify as national and urgent (elections, census, etc).

Still, to announce this within 1 hour of this NYT story and have it be unrelated would be odd.
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