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Paul References Nazi Germany in Interview

NJDC — September 22, 2010 – 3:24 pm | Abusive Holocaust Rhetoric | Election 2010 | Rand Paul | Republicans Comments (1) Add a comment

Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) recently referenced Nazi Germany in a discussion about debt control. The Hill reported that his reference came in an interview with GQ magazine. Paul reportedly said during the interview:

In 1923, when they destroyed the currency, they elected Hitler. And so they elected somebody who vilified one group of people, but he promised them, ‘I will give you security if you give me your liberty,’ and they voted him in. And that’s not to mean that anybody around is Hitler, but it’s to mean that you don’t want chaos in your country. And we could have chaos, not just because of the Democrats, but because the Democrats and the Republicans have all been spending us into oblivion. And having a massive debt runs the risk of chaos at some point. Not tomorrow, maybe not next week-I mean, I can’t even predict the stock market six months from now. But I think that a country is in danger that spends beyond its means and lives beyond its means. And I don’t ever say it started with President Obama. I think it started long ago.

As we have repeatedly said before (including this morning), Holocaust comparisons are never acceptable in political discourse.

TPM has also extensively chronicled Paul’s past usage of Hitler references. Click here to view their roundup.




NATHALIE GUYOL | September 22, 2010 – 4:34 pm

Paul just flat out doesn’t make any sense. At all.

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