Vox co-founder and senior correspondent Matthew Yglesias joked on Wednesday that the growing split between Donald Trump and Steve Bannon is a lot like a scene from Nazi Germany.
“It’s like the Röhm Putsch, except everyone involved is a moron,”Yglesias tweeted Wednesday about the war of words between the president and his former chief strategist.
Yglesias also retweeted this response the comments on his tweet that carried the joke a bit further.
Night of the Long Knives, but…Day of the Short Fingers?
— ChurchLady (@baltmom) January 3, 2018
The Röhm Putsch or Night of the Long Knives, was a series of extra judicial killings ordered by Hitler in 1934 that consolidated his power within the Nazi Party and within Germany. It most famously included the murder of one of Hitler’s biggest early supporters, SA leader Ernst Röhm. It was one of the first and largest internal purges of the Nazi party after Hitler became chancellor of Germany a year earlier.
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The feud between Trump and Seve Bannon was kicked off Wednesday after an advance copy of journalist Michael Wolff’s upcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” was leaked to the Guardian.
In the book, former White House chief strategist and Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon blasted Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, calling the event “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” and said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would destroy the first son.
Trump issued a nasty response of his own just hours later, saying his former confidant had “lost his mind.”
Trump totally torches Bannon: “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” Full statement: pic.twitter.com/ElhChPiOx8
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 3, 2018