Former Alaska Governor and Republican presidential runningmate Sarah Palin on Sunday denied encouraging her Twitter followers to 'Read Thomas Sowell's article,' an opinion piece published last week that equates the Obama administration with Hitler's Nazi regime, American media outlets.
"I never compared Obama to Hitler. Quit making things up," Palin wrote in a tweet.
Sowell's article, published June 21, accuses the U.S. president of corroding civil liberties in a campaign that is met with no public resistance.
In a tweet on Friday, the politician wrote: "This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab."
In his article, Sowell wrote: "When Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920's, leading up to his taking power in the 1930's, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics," Sowell wrote.
"In our times, American democracy is being dismantled piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington and few people seem to be concerned about it," Sowell continued.
Sowell goes on to lash out at Obama over his recent move to create the $20 billion BP escrow fund. Sowell claims the initiative, designed to pay reparations for damage caused by the Gulf coast oil spill, exceeds Obama's national authority.
"Just where in the constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he see's fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere," wrote the Republican columnist.
In response to Palin's original tweet, the Democratic National Committee released a statement denouncing Sowell's piece. "Sowell's article would be ridiculous if it weren't so vile, and it deserves to be marginalized. That Palin, a leader of the Republican Party, would encourage her hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers to read it, while implying her agreement with its argument, is troubling."
The president of the National Jewish Democratic Council, David A. Harris, issued a statement accusing Palin of having "joined the ranks of her right-wing colleagues who haven't thought twice about invoking the Holocaust or making comparisons to Nazi Germany to drive home a point."
"Over the past year we have seen the continued use of abusive Holocaust rhetoric by political candidates, pundits, and activists - particularly from the conservative end of the spectrum," wrote Harris. "NJDC has consistently repeated its position that using this type of language to promote a political agenda is inflammatory, offensive, and detrimental to the political process, regardless of who invokes it."
" President Obama has rightly demanded that BP make whole those Americans who have been directly harmed by this disaster in the Gulf; promoting comparisons of such executive actions to Nazi-era tactics - as Palin has done - is offensive and disturbing in the extreme," he added. "As a likely future candidate and GOP leader, Governor Palin should be speaking out against the use of this type of abusive rhetoric - not encouraging her supporters to read it."
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