Yesterday, at a campaign rally disguised as a visit to a Michigan Ford facility, President Trump, the 45th President of the United States, made a reference to the “good bloodlines” of Henry Ford. This is inexcusable. It is outrageous. It is a gaffe too far. This shit has to stop.
The president said: “The company founded by a man named Henry Ford — good bloodlines, good bloodlines. If you believe in that stuff?” Apparently addressing William Clay Ford, the company’s executive chairman and great-grandson of Henry Ford, Mr Trump added: “You got good blood.”Donald Trump
Henry Ford was a lot of things, and not the least of these things was an opinionated racist who believed in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy. This isn’t slander. This is fact and admitted by the Henry Ford Museum.
The most controversial and least admirable aspect of Ford’s career was his descent into anti-Semitism. Convinced that “bankers” and “the Jews” were responsible for a whole range of things he didn’t like, from the world war to short skirts to jazz music, Ford used his newspaper, the Dearborn Independent, to carry on an active anti-Semitic campaign. Between 1920 and 1922 a series of articles denounced all things Jewish. While officially apologizing for the articles in 1927, Ford’s anti-Jewish sentiments ran deep. Seen within the context of the times, they demonstrate the sharp realities and tensions that emerge in societies undergoing profound cultural, economic and political change.The Henry Ford Museum
President Trump seems to have an odd interest in Henry Ford–not so much for for the development of the assembly line to mass produce motor vehicles, although Trump admires that also, but its bloodlines, and conspiracies and Ford’s ties to Hitler that attracts comments from Trump. Hitler also admired Ford, awarding him the Nazi Party’s Grand Cross of the German Eagle in 1938.
At a ceremony in Dearborn, Michigan, Henry Ford is presented with the Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle on his 75th birthday. Henry Ford was the first American recipient of this order, an honor created in 1937 by Adolf Hitler. This was the highest honor Nazi Germany could give to any foreigner and represented Adolf Hitler’s personal admiration and indebtedness to Henry Ford. The presentation was made by Karl Kapp, German consul in Cleveland, and Fritz Heller, German consular representative in Detroit.
In a letter written in 1924, Heinrich Himmler described Ford as “one of our most valuable, important, and witty fighters”. Ford is the only American mentioned favorably in Mein Kampf, although he is only mentioned once: Adolf Hitler wrote: “only a single great man, Ford, [who], to [the Jews’] fury, still maintains full independence…[from] the controlling masters of the producers in a nation of one hundred and twenty millions”.Rare Historical photos
Before WWII, there were lots of Nazis ad Nazi sympathizers in the United States. It wasn’t considered a bad thing to be associated with–yet. Back in those days, Nazis marched in the streets without a care in the world. At the time, it was considered preferable to pall around with Nazis rather than socialists.
Ugh, socialists! Clearly Nazis were useful and suppressing socialism. So, they were tolerated and probably encouraged. They marched in the streets of America, they filled stadiums. They were respectable people. “Many of them very good people”, as Trump has said about contemporary Nazis that felt bold enough to come out of the woodwork after he was elected.
Ah yes, back to “good bloodlines”. What’s that about, anyway? The Nazis promoted Eugenics, which could be described as a philosophy where you breed humans like you breed dogs. Select two good candidates for breeding, then keep the best puppies and euthanize the imperfect puppies. Yes, it is that simple. Now the Nazi’s did not invent eugenics, they just embraced it and weaponized it. Before WWII Eugenics was very popular in Europe and North America—plus anywhere within the British Empire. The only good thing the Nazis ever did was show us how vile eugenics is and how we need to stamp eugenics out wherever it lurks. Unfortunately, eugenics seems to be weaseling its way back into politics and NOTHING good will come of that.
Eugenics is the reason that Jews, homosexuals, Roma, people who have disabilities, ‘social deviants’, and many others were murdered in the Holocaust. If you didn’t fit in politically, deemed to have physical or mental imperfections, could not survive economically, or were revealed to have “bad bloodlines”, then it was off to the gas chamber or the firing squad for you. There was only room for purebred puppies with superior temperament and pedigrees.
So when Trump or any other horrible person starts talking about “good bloodlines”, we all need to sit up and pay attention. This is not normal. It is not safe. The fact that American citizens, en mass, are not highly disturbed by Trumps racist comments should terrify EVERYONE.