A 2016 presidential election riddled with xenophobic rhetoric and potentially unconstitutional proposals prompted a former German resident to tweet a warning to the American people.
On Friday, Johan Franklin — who goes by the Twitter handle @CrappyCrapson — tweeted a message that he implied was from "The people of Germany."
"Go ahead, vote for the guy with the loud voice who hates minorities, threatens to imprison his opponent, doesn't give a fuck about democracy, and claims he alone can fix everything," Franklin wrote in a Twitter message. "What could possibly go wrong?"
Franklin's post received over 900 retweets — including one from J.K. Rowling.
In another post on Sunday, Franklin explained that he was born in Germany but now lives in San Diego. Although Franklin cannot vote in the election because he is not a U.S. citizen, the tone of the election inspired him to speak out.
"I can't speak for the entire population of Germany," Franklin wrote. "But from what I hear from friends and family back home, what I read on German news sites and social media, many Germans are just scared shitless... Yes, it does remind us of something that happened here."
While Franklin also clarified that comparing any of the 2016 candidates to Hitler is a bit of an exaggeration, he is concerned that history could repeat itself.
"When I traveled outside Germany in the past, I've often been asked how the Germany people could have fallen for Hitler back in the '30s and '40s," he wrote. "I don't get that question much lately."
One lesson that Americans can learn from German history is that Hitler became chancellor by appointment — not via democratic elections. In 2016, all Americans have the responsibility and the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting. Every single vote really does count — so make the most of it by casting your ballot on Election Day. Find your polling place now so that you can change the world with your vote.
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(H/T: Elite Daily)