The anti-Donald Trump commentary started early on Sunday’s Emmy telecast and continued backstage when “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway — who won Directing for a Comedy Series for ‘Transparent’ — compared the Republican presidential nominee to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Soloway said “Transparent’s” second season storyline that went back in time to the Holocaust was “incredibly timely” given the state of the presidential race. In her view, Trump’s position on immigration and law enforcement is akin to the dynamics that led to Hitler’s rise to power.
“Jews were other-ized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing,” Soloway said. “He’s other-izing people. 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.'”
“It has been used in our history before to start and win wars. He needs to be called out at every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He’s a complete dangerous monster, and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will.”
Tambor, standing next to Soloway, said he agreed with her comments. And he quoted a line from the poet W.H. Auden: “Love one another or die.”
“Veep” showrunner David Mandel also sounded the alarm about Trump in dire terms in his backstage remarks.
“There are days when things we think of pale in comparison to that mad man threatening Hillary Clinton not once but twice,” Mandel said. “If I wrote that I’d get fired by HBO. I find the level of discourse in this campaign horrific.”
Mandel acknowledged that the bizarre extremes of the real-life presidential race will complicate his job on “Veep” next season. “A lot of people don’t want to laugh about this stuff,” he said.
Mandel also had a message “for the millennials of the world”: Get out and vote in November.
“The last time a third-party candidate got a lot of votes we ended up with George W. Bush,” he said.
Emmy telecast host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an opening monologue that was more pointed than most, blaming the entire television business for enabling Trump’s candidacy.
He also targeted Mark Burnett for originally giving the businessman a TV platform on “The Apprentice.” He proposed the British producer be the first person deported if Trump were elected.
Burnett — who won an Emmy for Reality Competition Program for “The Voice” — said he thought Trump was probably thrilled with the attention from Kimmel. “How much free media could any one person get?,” Burnett wondered.
— Variety (@Variety) September 19, 2016
The Republican presidential nominee has been an Emmys fan in the past but has not tweeted during this year’s ceremony.