That inevitable Donald Trump-to-Adolf Hitler converting plug-in is here
“This project is childish and dumb," but desperate times call for desperate measures. Introducing the "Hitler has a toupee" Chrome plug-in. It works better than it should.
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If you're experiencing a bit of Donald Trump overload, some intrepid coders have hacked their way through the political weeds and built some tools for you.
You already could find a pure, Trump-free experience if you stick to mobile and an Apple device. The iOS app, Trump Trump, which aims to remove any articles from your browsing experience that feature the man in orange. (From our tests, it works on pretty much any news site, but can be spotty when it comes to the blogosphere.) But then you check it on the desktop and all is right with the world: there he is, dominating the headlines, pretty much everywhere.
If you want to lose Trump news from your desktop experience altogether, you're out of luck, but here's the next best thing.
Replace Donald Trump with Adolf Hitler
Assuming you've become comfortable with Godwin's Law pretty much becoming meaningless, you can now automatically change every instance of the name "Donald Trump” into "Adolf Hitler” right within your browser.
At first, this seemed to be less useful. After all, wouldn't that just fill you with more anxiety and give power to a man who hasn't won a single primary yet? Now that we've put Hitler Has a Toupee to the test, it's clear that the benefits of seeing Hitler in every other headline are YUUUGE.
First of all, it's funny, sort of. Is the idea funny? No. Clever? Nope. Original? Not at all. Greg Leuch, the creator of the plug-in, has built other browser blockers in the past around entertainment and celebrity content but not politicians, “specifically for the reason that such conversations between candidates and constituents should not be filtered. However, there is a time when absurd politics needs to have some filter put around it.”
When you take it for a spin, you get a sobering look at just how easily that name fits into article after article. Suddenly all you see is: "ADOLF HITLER DEFENDS MUSLIM BAN: "WE ARE AT WAR'" or "HITLER: 'I'M DOING GOOD FOR THE MUSLIMS'" or "WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP GETS ADOLF HITLER BUMP." Those are some scary headlines.
Leuch acknowledges the simplicity of the project, and believes that desperate times call for desperate measures. “This project is childish and dumb," he says, “but what is even more dumb are the ideas being spouted by a bigoted, megalomaniac businessman-turned-celebrity parading himself as a savior for ideologies that similarly have ended with terrible tragedy and consequences.”
The Hitler comparisons began, in earnest, following a Trump proposal for a database documenting all Muslims in America. Then, the flood of analysis came pouring in demonstrating that, technically, Trump does fit the academic definition of a fascist. Then, he decided to just roll with it and announce a plan to ban all Muslims, even American citizens, from entering the United States.
Now, Trump doesn't even care if you compare him to Hitler. On CNN, he told Don Lemon that only "true" things bother him. And, since he's not Hitler, it doesn't. But also, a racist wouldn't care either. But, he's not one. “If that were true, it would bother me tremendously,” Trump said. “But of course, if you were a racist, you probably wouldn’t care. But if things are true, it would bother me. But if it’s so false, and honestly I don’t hear it often.” If you want to hear it even more often than it is already being said, download the Chrome extension here.