In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, singer Linda Ronstadt compared President Donald Trump to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and called Mexican people the “new Jews.”
Ronstadt spoke with Cooper about Trump and the effect his administration has had on her family as part of a documentary about Ronstadt’s life called The Sound of My Voice, which airs Wednesday night on CNN.
“I was sure that Trump was going to get elected the day he announced and I said ‘It’s gonna be like Hitler and the Mexicans are the new Jews,’” Ronstadt said. “And sure enough, that’s what he delivered, you know.”
Ronstadt said that some of her family in Tucson, Arizona are Republicans but they sing instead of discussing politics.
“I have to be careful because we’ve had so much taken away from us by this administration and I’m not willing to let them take my family relationships away,” Ronstadt said. “The part that were Republicans were fairly rational Republicans. We don’t have that in our current White House.”
Cooper brought up Ronstadt’s knowledge of the Weimar Republic, which was the time in German history right before the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party.
“I’ve read that you’ve read a lot about the Weimar Republic in Germany and you sort of see parallels between then and now,” Cooper said.
“Great parallels,” Ronstadt said. “I mean, the intelligentsia in Berlin, the literati and all the artists were just busy doing their thing and there were a lot of chances when Hitler rose to power there were a lot of chances to stop him and they didn’t speak out.”
“And the industrial complex thought that they could control [Hitler] once they got him in office and of course he was not controllable,” Ronstadt continued. “By the time he got established, he put his own people in place. He stacked the courts and did what he had to do to consolidate his power.”
“We got Hitler and he destroyed Germany,” the singer added. “He destroyed centuries of intellectual history forward and backward. You know, people like Beethoven and Goethe, Thomas Mann, became jokes. They became Nazi laughing stocks.”
“I think a lot of people thought would be surprised to hear comparisons between what happened then and now,” Cooper said.
“If you read the history, you won’t be surprised,” Ronstadt said. “It’s exactly the same. Find a common enemy for everybody to hate.”
Ronstadt has made no secret of her liberalism. In 2004, the singer was banned from the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada after encouraging the audience to see Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11. Her statement of her political views caused half the audience to leave the auditorium according to the Las Vegas Sun.
During the 1970s, Ronstadt was romantically linked to progressive then-governor of California Jerry Brown. She was also a familiar face at benefit concerts for environmental causes.
Ronstadt retired in 2011 and publicly disclosed her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 2013 which affected her vocal cords, making it impossible for her to continue her singing career.
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