Roger Waters on the rise of Donald Trump: “It’s a short step to all out-total fascism”

Politician is likened to Hitler

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Roger Waters has hit out at Donald Trump, suggesting the Republican presidential candidate is “just as dangerous” as Adolf Hitler.

Waters – who used his recent Desert Trip appearance to brand Trump an “arrogant, lying, racist, sexist pig“ – shared his views in an episode of the podcast, WTF With Marc Maron.

“It’s a short step to all out-total fascism, a complete police state. It’s always insidious when it creeps up. It was insidious in Germany in the ’30s. National Trumpism feels a bit less insidious, but it’s just as dangerous,” Waters told Maron.


“The method for taking over the state and for it becoming a totalitarian police state, it’s always the same – it’s always the identification of the other as the enemy,” Waters continued. “In Trump’s case, it’s the Chinese, the Mexicans and Islam. With Hitler, it was the Jews, the Communists, the Gypsies [as well as] anyone who had a physical deformity [and] homosexuals.”

Trump is preying on a population that “feels defeated”, Waters argued, as “everyone’s standard of living is falling” and “the Bill of Rights are slowly being taken away from you”.

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