Those who have studied the rise of Nazism in Germany know about the “November criminals” - those so-called traitors who betrayed the German army at the time of the Great War and subsequently oversaw the “German Revolution” or demise of the Hohenzollern monarchy.
The “stab-in-the-back” legend gained ground from early 1918, when conservative Germans refused to recognise impending defeat and, instead of interpreting events in military and economic terms, sought scapegoats to account for Germany’s defeat. Those who signed the Armistice on 11 November 1918 were denounced as traitors, especially Jews, left-wingers and republicans and blamed for the overthrow of the Kaiser.
While scholars debate the precise origins of the legend and the extent to which the Nazis used it in their ascent to power, all agree that the “stab-in-the-back” notion flooded newsprint in Weimar Germany and enabled demagogues in their quest for power.
Adolf Hitler was happy to play along with the legend. Scapegoats provided succour for the radical Right in post-war Germany and Hitler knew this. One hundred and two years later, Donald Trump is revealing his own innate appreciation of the power of myth and its uses.
Art of Lying
How else can one explain his unending quest to overthrow the 2020 November election results? Trump is no fool. Few understand the political impulses of ordinary Americans as well as he does. He has turned lying into an art. His latest strategy comes straight from the “November criminal” playbook.