President Trump’s recent statement that Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal is very frightening. For Jews the statement immediately brings back nightmares of the Holocaust. Now it is difficult to believe that Trump would actually try to put Jews or other Americans he considers disloyal in concentration camps or worse; it was also unimaginable in the 1930s that Hitler would later go on to kill over 6 million Jews. Being a U.S. citizen is no guarantee that you or I cannot be rounded up and arbitrarily placed in a concentration camp; just ask American citizens of Japanese heritage who were placed in such prison-like facilities in World War II.
While I personally don’t think that Trump will pursue such a plan, I do think that this is just more ammunition (both figuratively and literally) for his fascist followers to target and kill Jews and other “disloyal” minorities. We are already seeing a huge increase in hate crimes against Jews and other minorities. Trump’s statement only gives his base more cause for more attacks. Words do have consequences.