Those come from "news" sites that have headlines like "13 MIND-BLOWING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HITLER AND OBAMA," from sites arguing that Obama's presidency was foretold in Biblical prophecies around the end days, and from forums like Free Republic, where the country's angry old uncles gather to posit that all black Americans should lose their right to vote because some kid in their neighborhood was caught shoplifting. You know, the crazy fringes of the country's political discourse.
Those were, obviously, ridiculous arguments. Obama's presidency came and went and did not throw America into a fascist darkness in which we were dragged from our homes at gunpoint and forced to toil in communism camps. Liberal America, not unreasonably, mocked the far-right's paranoia and alarmism.
Weirdly, though, a lot of Obama supporters didn't have many jokes when the Obama administration extra-judicially executed an American citizen, or murdered foreign civilians in legally dubious drone strikes and then did their damnedest to hide and fudge the numbers, or praised a brutal dictator's sham elections, or sold $115 billion worth of weapons to one of the most oppressive and cruel regimes on the planet so they could continue to fight a war in which they're committing blatant human rights abuses. In fact, they didn't have much to say at all, unless it was pointing out how badass Obama looks in sunglasses or how he and Justin Trudeau are a totes adorbs power couple. Weird that we'll endlessly mock a photo of Jared Kushner that was meant to make him look cool, but slobber all over the exact same kind of photo when it's the guy we don't think is Hitler, huh?
The West Australian
Remember that the decisions of the "cool rock star" in the first photo killed the child in the second.
At the risk of sounding like a bleeding heart SJW cuck, I believe that murdering civilians is bad. But because we're reduced politics to "Literally as terrible as Hitler" or "Meh, whatever, is Homeland on tonight?" we slot most issues near the bottom of the scale we've invented for bad actions, on which killing a bunch of people is "Hit the sad face on Facebook and then forget about it" bad, but Hitler killing way more people is like, you know, really bad. "I guess we have to do something about it" bad. We don't follow politics so much as we all have Hitler Detectors installed in our brains, but they've been horribly miscalibrated.
It's tough to follow politics on a regular basis, let alone agitate for change. It's complicated, it's time-consuming, and it's often depressing. Judging a politician on a "Do they resemble Hitler, according to our worldview?" is a quick and easy workaround. But when you make fun of people for answering "Yes," then panic and do the exact same thing when the wheel turns, it isn't productive. You mocked the other side for this for eight years, and now you expect to be taken seriously?