This New York Mag post from last July is spot on. Jonathan Chait goes to the obvious, which is probably why it makes sense.
…this is to say that German conservatives did not see Hitler as Hitler — they saw Hitler as Trump. And the reasons they devised to overcome their qualms and accept him as the head of the government would ring familiar to followers of the 2016 campaign. They believed the responsibility of governing would tame Hitler, and that his beliefs were amorphous and could be shaped by advisers once in office.
You ask yourself ‘Why do alcoholics keep drinking?’ Or ‘Why are some people so mean?’ Because it’s what they do. There’s not a lot of logic built into it. I don’t think the right wing has ever made any sense.
As for our ‘German conservatives’ over at Fox News, or National Review, who think sobering responsibilities or hallowed institutions or craggy advisers will somehow temper Trump’s fascism…
“I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become in many cases a supreme branch of government,” Miller told John Dickerson of CBS News…
“The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
Donald’s worst tendencies will only be duly supported and then amplified…by the whip-wielding likes of Stephen Miller, a vicious piece of work in his own right. I know plenty of people who voted for the guy thought that he wouldn’t be that bad. He couldn’t be that bad! But he is. Congratulations, dumbass.