Years ago, when I was a college student, I watched a movie on the rise of Hitler in Germany. It was powerful, although I think it was art rather than fact. Hitler was shown debating with his confederates the best route to power. The suggestion that they attack communists was discarded–they were too powerful. Then Hitler is shown choosing to attack the Jews.
I believe this was fiction, because I understand that Hitler had long blamed Jews for Germany’s defeat in WWI–I think attacking Jews reflected a long term hatred rather than an arbitrary political decision. No matter, it was a memorable movie.
I think of this movie when President Trump is on the attack–non-cooperative Republicans, black athletes, anti-Klan protesters, black lives matter, North Korea’s Kim, Hillary Clinton, and many others. Do these reflect deep-seated resentments or political calculations, I wonder.