Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Ronstadt said there were “big parallels” between Trump and Hitler.
“The Berlin intelligentsia, the literati and all the artists were just busy doing their thing. Hitler rose to power – there were many chances to stop him and they didn’t talk about it,” she said. “The industrial complex thought they could control it as soon as they got it, and of course it couldn’t be controlled.”
“When he established himself, he used his own people, stacked the courts, and did what he had to do to consolidate his power,” said Ronstadt, referring to the Nazi leader. “And we have Hitler and he destroyed Germany. He destroyed centuries of intellectual history back and forth.”
Cooper challenged Ronstadt’s comparison and said, “I think many people would be surprised to hear comparisons between what happened then and now.”
“If you read the story, you won’t be surprised. It’s exactly the same,” replied Ronstadt. “Find a common enemy that everyone can hate. I was sure Trump would be elected the day he announced it, and I said it will be like Hitler and the Mexicans are the new Jews. And that’s exactly what it is He also.” delivered, you know. “
Ronstadt was a vocal critic from Trump. Earlier this year, she said she didn’t want to “be in the same room with him” when she found out that she would be honored at the Kennedy Center.