The founder and CEO of SCL Group said Donald Trump deliberately demonised Muslims to resonate with his base, as Hitler did with the Jews.
Nigel Oakes said Hitler “didn’t have a problem with the Jews at all,” but “leveraged an artificial enemy” to appease his supporters.
He said Trump did the same thing with Muslims during the presidential campaign.
Oakes made the remarks last November. A British parliamentary committee released the audio and transcripts on Monday.
The founder and CEO of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company compared Donald Trump’s campaign methods to those of Adolf Hitler, newly-released audio has shown.
Nigel Oakes, who heads SCL Group, told a media researcher last November that Trump deliberately demonised Muslims and stoked fears about ISIS to appease his base, as Hitler and his Nazi party targeted Jews to appease his.
Oakes told Emma Briant in recorded interviews, which were released by the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Monday:
“It’s the things that resonate — some of those to attack the other group and know that you’re going to lose them is going to reinforce and resonate your group. […]
“Of course, Hitler attacked the Jews. He didn’t have a problem with the Jews at all, but the people didn’t like the Jews… so he just leveraged an artificial enemy.
“Well, that’s exactly what Trump did. He leveraged a Muslim.”
Oakes added that Trump deliberately stoked fears about ISIS in the US. Oakes questioned “how big a threat” ISIS really was to the US.
A husband and wife, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in 2015 after Farook pledged allegiance to ISIS. Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 also pledged allegiance to ISIS during the siege.
Trump’s ties to Cambridge Analytica remain unclear. Steve Bannon, who founded the data analytics group, later became Trump’s campaign chief executive. Christopher Wylie, a former CA employee, also said he and his colleagues were testing out slogans for a Trump campaign as early as 2014.
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is examining the Trump campaign’s connections to the company.
In a series of tweets on Monday night, Cambridge Analytica said Oakes “never worked for Cambridge Analytica” and “was speaking in a personal capacity about the historical use of propaganda to an academic he knew well from her work in the defence sphere.”
Business Insider has contacted SCL Group for comment.
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