Louis C.K. isn’t known for parsing words, and his political opinions have not been exempt from his trademark bluntness. Neither, transitively, has Donald Trump.
In the long postscript of an email to fans Saturday, the Newton-raised comedian condemned the Republican front-runner and his supporters, comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.
“It was funny for a little while,’’ Louis C.K. wrote in the postscript, published in full by Variety. “But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the ’30s. Do you think they saw the [s—] coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.’’
Louis C.K., who himself forswears ideological labels, said he likes Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but would like to see the next president be a conservative because “we had Obama for eight years and we need balance,’’ even though he doesn’t particularly agree with the “conservative agenda.’’
That said, he asked Republican voters to choose someone other than Trump.
“He’s an insane bigot,’’ Louis C.K. wrote. “He is dangerous.’’
Louis C.K., who is not the only comedic icon to put Trump’s candidacy in the context of 1930s Germany, said he understood Trump is a “gut vote,’’ but again asked voters to use their brain:
If you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son. Because American democracy is broken enough that a guy like that could really [f—] things up. That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him.
Variety published the full (at times profane) email postscript here.
For what it’s worth, Louis C.K. included a lukewarm endorsement for the Republican nomination for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
“Please pick someone else,’’ he wrote. “Like John Kasich. I mean that guy seems okay.’’