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Transparent Creator Compares 'Dangerous' Donald Trump to Hitler

Transparent Creator Compares 'Dangerous' Donald Trump to Hitler


Soloway was just one of several celebrities who criticized the Republican nominee.

Transparent creator Jill Soloway had some strong words for Donald Trump at this year's Emmys.

Soloway, who won her second consecutive award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, spoke about the Republican nominee backstage following her win. Soloway argued that the second season of Transparent, which traces the Jewish ancestry of the Pfefferman clan back to the Holocaust to look at intolerance both past and present, is extremely timely given the current state of political affairs.

"Jews were otherized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing," Soloway said. "He calls women pigs if they don't look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people."

"This is otherizing with a capital O," she concluded. "It has been used in our history before to start and win wars."

Referring to Trump as a "complete dangerous monster," Soloway said that his hateful remarks against minorities, which include referring to undocumented Latinos as "rapists" during a 2015 speech, cannot stand.

"He needs to be called out at every chance he gets," she said, adding: "Any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."

Jeffrey Tambor, who stars in Transparent as Maura Pfefferman, a late transitioner who comes out to her family, agreed with Soloway's remarks. Tambor, taking home the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy award, stood next to his showrunner and said, "Ditto, ditto, ditto."

The star and creator of the hit Amazon show, whose third season debuts on Friday, weren't the only celebrities to take a tab at Trump on Sunday night.

Master of None's Aziz Ansari, who won the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, lampooned the CEO's immigration stances. In the past, Trump has suggested that if elected president, he would block immigration by Muslims and build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

"I want everyone to know that after careful consideration I've decided I'm going with Trump," joked Ansari, who is of Indian descent. "Which is why I'm recommending that we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately."

Host Jimmy Kimmel pointed the finger at the television industry for giving Trump a platform, especially producer Mark Burnett. Burnett was the producer of The Apprentice, the long-running reality television competition show hosted by Trump. Should the CEO be elected president, Kimmel argued that Burnett should be the first person tossed over Trump's wall.

"Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore," Kimmel said. "We're living in one."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, earning a record fifth consecutive Emmy for Veep, also noted the eerie parallels between television and the 2016 presidential race during her acceptance speech for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy.

"Our show started as a political satire," she said, "but it now feels like a sobering documentary."

David Mandel, who executive producer on the HBO program, said it's hard to write comedy these days -- because the truth is stranger than fiction.

"There are days when things we think of pale in comparison to that madman threatening Hillary Clinton not once but twice," said Mandel, whose show picked up its second trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series. "If I wrote that, I'd get fired by HBO. I find the level of discourse in this campaign horrific."

For everyone who is still on the fence in this election, Mandel had a message.

"The last time a third-party candidate got a lot of votes, we ended up with George W. Bush," he said, adding, "So I would simply say to vote for one of the candidates of the two parties. And let's make sure we avoid some white supremacists. It's not that hard."

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