Trump has long been an admirer of infamous mid-20th Century dictator Adolf Hitler, and has been attempting to use that criminal’s work, Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) as a playbook. Fortunately, as Thom Hartmann has periodically pointed out, Americans have had far more experience with liberty and democracy than did Germans of the 1930s. As a result, Trump’s hard-right, quasi-fascist agenda hasn’t been going over so well among the majority. However, there is a disturbing undercurrent that bodes ill for the future if it spreads: the brainwashing and indoctrination of children.
This isn’t a new phenomenon among Trump’s sycophants and disciples. During the campaign last year, three young girls calling themselves the “Freedom Kids” performed a “creepy,” badly-written song glorifying their parents’ candidate at a Trump event recalling Nazi rallies of eighty years ago.
Unfortunately, that youthful, misguided enthusiasm has not waned. At a White House press briefing last week, press secretary Sarah Huckabee read a letter from a 9-year-old boy named Dylan “Pickle” Harbin, in which he wrote, “…you are my favrit [sic] President. I like you so much.” Initially, there were doubts as to whether the boy even existed. However, the Washington Post confirmed that young Dylan was real – and he did actually write the letter.