yeah, completely different scenario, I agree. Imagine a leader as weak and ineffectual as Trump during a world war.
Yep imagine someone like that. I give you Neville Chamberlain. There are a lot of similarities between Chamberlain and Trump. This is a good article from the NYT that shows how ineffectual Chamberlain was, and there are so many things that he did that sound just like Trump.
Tim Bouverie’s “Appeasement” describes the many ways the British government avoided standing up to Hitler.
"The British people, meanwhile, knew virtually nothing about the deplorable state of British rearmament or their government’s behind-the-scenes activities. Using tactics that have striking resonance today, Chamberlain and his men badgered the BBC and newspapers to follow the government’s lead on appeasement, restricted journalists’ access to government sources and claimed that critics of Chamberlain’s policies were disloyal to him and to Britain. Most of the news media did what the prime minister demanded. The BBC barred Winston Churchill and other opponents of appeasement from the airwaves, while newspaper editors refused to print articles on Britain’s unpreparedness and letters to the editor critical of the government’s concessions to Germany.
Bolstered by his Conservative Party’s huge majority in the House of Commons, Chamberlain also worked to crush dissent in Parliament. “To question his authority was treason: to deny his inspiration was almost blasphemy,” recalled Harold Macmillan, the future prime minister and one of a small band of Conservative M.P.s who, like Churchill, strongly opposed appeasement. The Conservative Party, in its efforts to silence Chamberlain’s parliamentary opponents, was “even stronger than the Nazi party machine,” a member of Chamberlain’s cabinet commented. “It may have a different aim, but it is similarly callous and ruthless.”"
Anything not going along with what Chamberlain wanted was essentially fake news.
Massive difference between Chamberlain and when Churchill took over.