UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's manner of communication is similar to ISIS.
“Make no mistake, I certainly do not equate the actions of nationalist demagogues with those of [ISIS], which are monstrous, sickening; [ISIS] must be brought to justice,” Zeid said, reported CBS News. “But in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of [ISIS] uses tactics similar to those of the populists.”
Zeid said that Trump is similar to right-wing populists in Europe, such as Netherlands' Geert Wilders, France's Marie LePen, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Wilders, leader of the far-right Dutch Freedom Party, recently proposed a ban on immigrants from Muslim nations -- similar to what Trump proposed in December 2015, reported the Daily Mail. But Wilders went even further than Trump, proposing to close all mosques and also completely ban the Quran.
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Zeid singled out Wilders, Trump, and other leaders in his remarks and proceeded to dissect how he believes propaganda works in a speech to the UN:
Populists use half-truths and oversimplification -- the two scalpels of the arch-propagandist, and here the internet and social media are a perfect rail for them, by reducing thought into the smallest packages: sound-bites; tweets. Paint half a picture in the mind of an anxious individual, exposed as they may be to economic hardship and through the media to the horrors of terrorism. Prop this picture up by some half-truth here and there and allow the natural prejudice of people to fill in the rest. Add drama, emphasizing it’s all the fault of a clear-cut group, so the speakers lobbing this verbal artillery, and their followers, can feel somehow blameless.
He added: “The formula is therefore simple: make people, already nervous, feel terrible, and then emphasize it’s all because of a group, lying within, foreign and menacing.”
Wilders responded to Zeid in a statement to CNN.
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''What an utter foolish comment from the UN Jordanian bureaucrat. Another good reason to get rid of the UN," he said. "I lost my personal freedom in my fight for freedom and I don't want my country to lose its freedom, as well. That's why we really do have to de-Islamize. Islam and freedom are totally incompatible."