Before their recent meeting -- and I suspect a few times after -- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. He wasn't the first to do so, even in his own country. Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, has also compared Trump to Hitler. Cher has compared Trump to Hitler. Abraham Foxman, former national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has compared Trump to Hitler (although in fairness, that's kind of his whole brand). Even Glenn Beck compared Trump to Hitler. We'll no doubt hear it again many times before this election is over, and, to be honest, it's a comparison that bothers me for two reasons.
I am a Jew -- a New York Writer Liberal Jew, the scariest Jew of all -- and from a very young age, I was taught about an unimaginable horror called the Holocaust and about an evil man named Adolf Hitler. The elderly man who sat beside me every Saturday morning in synagogue was a Holocaust survivor, as was his wife. And so the first reason the comparison of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler bothers me is not because it belittles the deaths of millions of innocents, but because, frankly, it belittles Adolf Hitler.