After months of failed agreements to prevent a Nazi majority in government, German President Paul von Hindenberg appointed Hitler as Chancellor in January of 1933. It was a long way for Hitler to come. Ten years earlier, he was a mere extremist condemned to a prison sentence for attempting a violent coup. His prolonged absence would have crippled the National Socialists, were it not for fellow nationalists in government facilitating an early release. Free after a mere nine months in jail, Hitler then chose legal legitimacy as his path to power. And so began a ten-year ascent into Weimar Germany’s penultimate office.
Patrick Vitalone draws scary parallels between the rise of Hitler and that of Donald Trump.