‘Mexicans are the new Jews’: Linda Ronstadt says Trump’s ‘exactly the same’ as Hitler

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt thinks President Trump and his administration are “exactly the same” as Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.

The 73-year-old music icon told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “Mexicans are the new Jews” under Trump and that the president is “not controllable” just as Hitler was as the leader of the Nazi Party.

Ronstadt’s outrageous claims were only challenged by Cooper when he remarked that people would be “surprised” by her comparison during an interview clip from CNN Films’ upcoming “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.”

“You have read a lot about the Weimar Republic in Germany, and you sort of see great parallels between then and now,” Cooper said in the clip that was released Monday.

“Well, great parallels,” Ronstadt replied. “There were a lot of chances. Hitler rose to power; there were a lot of chances to stop him, and they didn’t speak out. And the industrial complex thought they could control him once they got him in office. And of course, he was not controllable.”

“By the time he got established, he put his own people in place and stacked the courts and did what he had to do to consolidate his power,” the multi-Grammy Award winner continued. “And, we got Hitler and he destroyed Germany, he destroyed centuries of intellectual history forward and backward.”

“I think a lot of people, though, would be surprised to hear comparisons between what happened then and now,” Cooper noted.

“If you read the history, you won’t be surprised. It’s exactly the same,” Ronstadt insisted.

“Find a common enemy for everybody to hate. 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. And, sure enough, that’s what he delivered, you know,” she added.

The vocal Trump critic took a shot at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a State Department dinner where she was honored with a Kennedy Center Honors lifetime achievement award earlier this month. After Pompeo referred to Ronstadt’s song lyrics during a pre-dinner welcome speech, the singer quipped that he should “stop enabling Donald Trump.”

Ronstadt retired from decades of singing after being diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, after initially being told she had Parkinson’s disease. Affecting her motor control and her ability to sing, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee explained to Cooper that the diagnosis created “a strain” on her family relations.

“Some of my family in Tucson are Republicans,” Ronstadt said. “And instead of talking about that, we would sing together, and we’d have a great time.”

“Singing is what brought your family together,” the CNN anchor said.

“Yeah,” she replied.

“So, now that you don’t have singing…” Cooper said.

“Now, I have to be careful because we’ve had so much taken away from us by this administration that I’m not willing to let them take my family relationships away,” Ronstadt said. “My family — the parts that are Republican were fairly rational Republicans. We don’t have that in our current White House.”


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