Again with the ‘Hitler’ reference

America’s politicians cannot legitimately be expected to solve serious problems facing the country until they can grasp a concept they should have by now: Nothing good comes from invoking Hitler in your messaging.

The latest example comes from Rep. Randy Weber, a Texas Republican, who tweeted about the embarrassing lack of U.S. representation at last weekend’s unity rally in France.

The Obama administration had already teed the ball up for Weber since a demonstration of U.S. support was the sort of obvious response to last week’s attacks that presidential advisers — have we noted lately that Obama’s chief of staff is from Stillwater? — can make in their sleep. Only the most die-hard of administration fans was still clinging to the notion that the lack of a U.S. representative wasn’t embarrassing to the country by the time an administration spokesman acknowledged as much yesterday afternoon.

But Weber went nuclear, instead.

How much did Weber overswing? Keep in mind up to that point, a conservative Texas Republican and Jon Stewart were on the same side.

“How could the U.S. not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia was there? Journalist-jailing Turkey was there. Egypt… ’nuff said,” Stewart said. “Palestinian cartoonist-jailing Israel was there. And of course, our greatest ally, Saudi Arabia, was there — although a little out of breath having just days ago flogged a blogger.”

Notice the lack of a Hitler reference in Stewart’s keep-cutting criticism, congressman?

Just as it was dozens of times in the last six years in which Hitler was invoked in political debate in Washington, the reaction was swift and immediate.

“For the record, it took six days for a member of the 114th Congress to compare the president to Hitler,” Bloomberg’s David Weigel noted. The 111th Congress hadn’t even been gaveled in when a member did this.”

So today, Weber trotted out the tired apology.

“I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.

The terrorist attacks in Paris should remind us of the evil that still exists. Hitler was the face of evil, perpetrating genocide against six million Jews and millions of other victims. Today, we are facing the evil of Islamic extremists who are attempting to instill fear and murdering the lives of innocent people from Paris to Nigeria to Jerusalem and all over the world. The President’s actions or lack thereof is my point of contention. Islamic extremists have shown they are not going away, and instead are hungry for more blood.

After World War II, the world made a commitment to ‘Never Again’ allow terror free reign. As demonstrated by the Paris Peace Rally, we must all –Christians, Jews, Muslims, leaders around the world and those willing to fight for freedom – unite and stand strong together against radical extremism in any form.

Related: Why Obama didn't march against terrorism in Paris, and why critics think he should have (Vox).

  • Robert Moffitt

    Godwin’s Law will always come back to bite you, Congressman.

  • Gary F

    Does that mean the W is no longer Hitler? I heard that a lot during the eighties.
    And lately, Harry Reid has been calling people Hitler lately too.

    • Jay T. Berken

      How did I know this argument was going to come up? Where are the grown ups?

    • Wasn’t Reid referring to Bashar al-Assad? I think he can maybe build a case for that.

    • >>I heard that a lot during the eighties.<<

      Why would anyone compare GW Bush to Hitler when he was in the oil business or working for the Texas Rangers?

      • Gary F

        Thanks for the correction. the 2000’s.

        BTW, what is the proper term for the years 2000-2009?

        The “Aught”years sound weird.

        • The “Naughty’s”

        • davehoug

          I have wondered that and watched for any reference. Mostly no shortcut such as “the 90’s” in any media.

    • >>Does that mean the W is no longer Hitler? <<

      I still don't get how people can compare President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler, they aren't really alike at all.

      One man obtained power while receiving a minority of votes, attacked other sovereign nations, and oversaw an almost complete economic collapse of his country. The other guy was Austrian.

      *rim shot*

      • David P.

        Excellent.
        You could add:
        Installed a security operation focused on domestic spying and created a climate of fear and distrust among neighbors.
        Broke the most powerful army in the world in an ill-advised invasion, making the homeland less secure.
        Purged non-idealogs from government positions, using unrelated loyalty questions as litmus tests.

        • I thought of those, but it would have made the joke a little too unwieldy.

          • David P.

            My thoughts too – 3 references is the magic number when constructing a joke such as yours. I hesitated to post, but Ijust had to get my digs in…
            Well played.

    • David P.

      Ive been to Paris. Walked many of the same avenues as Hitler. Visited many of the the same parks, saw many of the same sights.
      I’ve been to Munich as well. Drank beer in the Hofbrau. If it makes you feel better, you can compare this Wellstone progressive to you know who.

      • Same here. I even have a photo of myself on the Trocadero where Hitler stood. It’s pretty hard to fathom that Nazi Germany controlled most of Europe at one time…

        • David P.

          The remnants of the Nazi’s give me a chill every time I’ve gone over. From remains of bunkers to cemetaries to war and holocaust memorials. I carry a profound grief for the rest of the day when I witness such a sight. Europe might forgive, but they will never forget. I hope Amercia can do the same.

  • KTN

    At least he learned how to spell the name correctly in his apology; dimwit.

  • Chris

    Just say nein.

    • Nein, nein, nein…

    • John O.

      Given recent events, I’m going to go with the French translation: non.