[Ed. – Yawn!]
A corollary to Godwin’s Law states that as an Internet discussion grows longer, “the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler increases, and whoever makes that comparison has automatically ‘lost’ said debate.” Extending this axiom to the current state of American public discourse prompts a question: Should critics of a political figure who reflexively evoke Hitler be considered losers? The answer? Absolutely.
Case in point: Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, who has earned a well-known track record for vociferously promoting anti-Trump rhetoric and legal insights via his Twitter feed, writing, and occasional cable news appearances. And while he is often dismissed as partisan, he is often respected as well-informed and, well, a great legal mind.
On Tuesday, however, he seemed to cross a line that many will seem to be a perhaps unforgivable stretch: he compared the physical likeness and behavior of President Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler. For good literary measure, a quote from Voltaire is included that reads “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”