Adolf Hitler and “Mein Kampf” are suddenly front and center in U.S. Congressional politics as two Republican Congressman are using the Nazi leader's rhetoric to slam Democrats and the media in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller filing his Trump-Russia report with the Justice Department.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks read from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. In his floor speech, the Alabama congressman called Hitler “another socialist” and claimed that Democrats and the media had pushed the “big lie” of Russian collusion.
On Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert defended Brooks, arguing that the fascism of the Nazi Party was actually socialism and if Democrats should stop members in their ranks from promoting socialism if they do not like the comparison.
Gohmert added, "The potential is out there for another Hitler, socialist like Hitler to come along, and like I said, it won't be Trump."
Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, where Gohmert made is remarks, shot back saying that Gohmert's comment “offends me as a Jewish person.”
“They were Nazis who killed Jews, and I would get offended when you compare socialists to Nazis and then put it out here,” Cohen said.
Brooks had read from a section in Hitler’s magnum opus about the so-called “big lie” — a term Hitler coined to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German for the country’s losses in World War I and ongoing economic suffering.
Brooks claimed, “For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and countless others have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history.
“In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered ‘big lie’ propaganda to a maximum, and deadly, effect,” Brooks said before reading from “Mein Kampf.”
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“Quote: ‘In the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature ... and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie,’” Brooks read.
“It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”
Brooks stopped just before Hitler wrote that German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer “called the Jew the ‘Great Master of Lies.’”
Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called Brooks on Twitter, writing, "This is repulsive! Let’s see what accountability looks like for this member of Congress.”
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