New York, NY--Godwin's Law, the adage that when one resorts in a debate to a comparison to Hitler or to Nazism, one has lost the argument, was found dead on Friday of last week, crumpled up near one of the loading docks at the back of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.
Although there was no blood at the crime scene, indications are that the perpetrators had torn Godwin's Law into shreds before setting most of the pile on fire with a lighter.
Presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump is a person of interest in Godwin Law's demise, since he has been the target of this rhetorical trope for the past several months after announcing his candidacy in June of 2015. The internet adage, also sometimes called Reductio ad Hitlerum, had been used in tens of thousands of debates on Facebook, as well as numerous comment sections on other social media venues, including Twitter.
Said Mike Godwin, who invented Godwin's Law in 1990, "Although I originally invented Godwin's Law so that people wouldn't glibly compare a target in an argument to Hitler or to Nazism, without first taking a long look at the Holocaust, Mr. Trump--and the scary things he has repeatedly advocated as a candidate--has completely upended the purpose of the Law. He's one of the only people, over the last twenty-five years, for whom comparisons to Hitler seem a fitting response to an argument."
Godwin's Law, after an autopsy is performed, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, right next to the grave site being prepared for the Constitution, once Donald Trump is elected president. Mike Godwin has since come up with a new law to replace Godwin's, which he is calling Reductio ad Trumperum.
When questioned by detectives about the murder of Godwin's Law, Trump, after calling the detectives "third-rate losers," replied, "Godwin's Law? I love the Godwin's Law!"