91影视

Flying spiders explained Honor all requests? Bird colors explained
Elections

Trump accused Democrats of running a 'Gestapo administration.' Here's what the reference to Nazis means.

91影视 NETWORK

Former President Donald Trump at a Republican retreat compared President Joe Biden鈥檚 administration to the Nazi secret police, that obtained audio recordings of his comments.

鈥淭hese people are running a Gestapo administration,鈥 Trump said on Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

鈥淎nd it鈥檚 the only thing they have. And it鈥檚 the only way they鈥檙e going to win, in their opinion, and it鈥檚 actually killing them. But it doesn鈥檛 bother me.鈥

Trump also claimed that the criminal charges he faces, including allegations he falsified business records to hide a $130,000 hush money payment to a former porn star, were politically motivated.

There is no evidence that the four sets of criminal charges Trump faces are targeting his reelection campaign. There is also no evidence Biden was involved in the indictments, an accusation the former president has repeatedly leveled.

Prep for the polls: See who is running for president and compare where they stand on key issues in our Voter Guide

Trump on Saturday also attacked special counsel Jack Smith over the charges the former president allegedly mishandled classified documents after he left office and tried to steal the 2020 election from Biden. Trump also also targeted Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis, who is prosecuting a state-level election case against him.

Trump himself has faced criticism for using rhetoric echoing that of dictators, including last year calling political opponents 鈥渧别谤尘颈苍鈥 and saying that certain immigrants were 鈥減oisoning the blood of our country.鈥

Trump's comments came a day before, which .

What was the Gestapo?

The Gestapo was an arm of the Nazi government of Germany between 1933 and 1945.

鈥淕estapo鈥 is an abbreviation of the German phrase Geheime Staatspolizei, which translates to 鈥淪ecret State Police.鈥

It was tasked with protecting and maintaining the Nazi regime by surveilling and repressing political challenges to, or even simple criticism of, the government. The Gestapo acted 鈥渨ithout legal limits,鈥 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum鈥檚 explains.

The Gestapo was under the control of the SS, the Nazi administration largely responsible for carrying out the Holocaust.

鈥淕estapo policemen used torture and violence in interrogations,鈥 the Holocaust Encyclopedia says. 鈥淭hey coordinated the deportation of Jews to their deaths. And they harshly repressed resistance movements in Germany and in German-occupied Europe.鈥

Today, it goes on to say, the Gestapo and its agents are 鈥渟ymbols of authoritarian policing.鈥

Featured Weekly Ad