No, this isn’t like The Sun, discovering via ouija board before the 1987 British general election that Joseph Stalin intended to vote Labour. It’s weirder.
As 2018 can’t get any surreal, German tabloid “Bild” has tracked down Adolf Hitler’s closest living relative to ask him, among other things, about Donald Trump:
Relatives of notorious Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been quietly living in the US under false identities since World War II, it has been revealed.
And now, the German dictator’s oldest living male descendant has given a rare media interview — branding US President Donald Trump a “liar” in the process.
Alexander Stuart-Houston, 68, is the great-nephew of Adolf Hitler. He was born in Long Island in New York State.
He and his two surviving brothers, Brian and Louis Stuart-Houston, have refused to speak to the media for decades.
However, that changed this month when German tabloid Bild tracked the eldest brother down and convinced him to speak out.
During the interview, Mr Stuart-Houston — whose middle name is Adolf — revealed he was a Republican voter, but that he was not a fan of the current President.
“The last person I would say I admire is Donald Trump. He is definitely not one of my favourites,” he told Bild.
“Some things that Trump says are all right … It’s his manner that annoys me. And I just don’t like liars.”
“I always vote for the person who does the best job.”
He also revealed his support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“I like her. She’s good. She seems to be an intelligent and smart person,” he said, noting she “does what she has to do” regarding Europe’s refugee crisis.
There you have it – the real Hitler, as opposed to Donald “Literally Hitler” Trump, is a Republican, confirming what the left has instinctively known all along. Unfortunately for the left, the real Hitler appears to be a “Never Trump” Republican, kind of like Bill Kristol, Max Boot, Tom Nichols and Jennifer Rubin (though the last three have become so Never recently that they no longer consider themselves Republicans). Calling Donald Trump a liar and being a fan of Angela Merkel and her handling of the “refugee crisis” makes Alexander Adolf Stuart-Houston sound positively progressive and woke.
The American Hitlers’ story is quite fascinating:
Mr Stuart-Houston’s grandfather Alois Hitler was the Nazi leader’s half-brother, and he settled in Liverpool, England with Irish-born wife Bridget Dowling.
Alexander Stuart-Houston’s father William moved to the US and served in the United States Navy in World War II, fighting against the Nazis.
After the war, he and German wife Phyllis assumed the surname Stuart-Houston in an attempt to shield their family from public scrutiny and disassociate themselves from the tainted Hitler name.
Clearly, the desire to escape the public attention has by and large worked. Arguably less successful has been the effort to disassociate themselves from the notorious step-brother – why on earth would you give your child the second name Adolf? And the choice of the new surname – Stuart-Houston – is also rather curious.
I instantly thought of Houston Stewart Chamberlain who has been called “the prophet of race” and “Hitler’s John the Baptist”. Chamberlain was a British philosopher who married Richard Wagner’s daughter and spent most of his life and career in Germany, where he wrote his bestseller “The Foundations of the 19th Century” singing the praises of the Aryan people (to be fair, his definition of Aryans was broad enough to include both Slavs and the Berbers) and fulminating against the Jewish people and their pernicious influence on humankind (including the foundation of Christianity).
Chamberlain was a major influence on German racial theorists of the 20th century as well as one of Hitler’s major intellectual heroes and influences. Before his death in 1927, Chamberlain joined the Nazi Party and anointed Hitler as the “chosen one”.
That historical digression aside, the matter is now settled: Donald Trump is very bad indeed.
From Adolf’s mouth, so to speak.
Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk, where this piece also appears.
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