In his inaugural column, our Righteous Gentile Michael C. Monyihan wrote about the surge of Hitler-themed debate points on the campaign trail and in the media.
An update on one of the stories: Roscoe Bartlett–a Republican representative from Maryland–has apologized for a comment he made earlier this week comparing federal student loans–which Bartlett deems unconstitutional–to the “slippery slope” in Germany that ultimately led to the Holocaust.
“Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans; it certainly is a good idea to give them loans,” Bartlett said. “But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.”
Another example from earlier this week was John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party, compared the speeches given at the Republican National Convention (with special emphasis on VP-hopeful Paul Ryan) to the work of Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Nazi propagandist.
“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… [Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister] Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it.”
Burton eventually apologized. As Monyihan points out, this is “yet another example of the triumph of crudity in American political discourse.”
Related: Hitler on the Campaign Trail [Tablet Magazine]
Bartlett Calls Federal Loans Unconstitutional, Invokes Holocaust [WaPo]
Republicans Condemn Goebbels Comment by California Democratic Party Chair [Times of Israel]