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May 24, 2005

Hypocrisy Alert: Senator Santorum Abuses Holocaust Rhetoric

Listed in: GOP Hypocrisies, NJDC News

Senator Santorum -- who recently made it clear that he finds rhetorical references to pre-Holocaust Germany on the Senate floor to be "inexcusable" -- last week compared Democrats to Hitler on the Senate floor during the filibuster debate.

According to the Associated Press, "Santorum said that Democratic protests over Republican efforts to ensure confirmation votes would be like the Nazi dictator seizing Paris and then saying: 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.' Santorum later said in a release that his remark 'was a mistake and I meant no offense.'" (Click here for AP article.)

National Jewish Democratic Council Executive Director Ira N. Forman commented, "Senator Santorum's actions give hypocrisy a bad name. Recently he was wailing and gnashing his teeth at Senator Byrd's Germany analogy, which he called 'inexcusable' at the time; now he compares Democrats to Hitler for their position on Senate rules. Does Senator Santorum understand what the word 'inexcusable' means? After the Anti-Defamation League and others took note of his abhorrent comments, Senator Santorum claimed that he 'meant no offense' by comparing Democrats to Hitler; this simply does not pass the laugh test.

"The unmitigated gall displayed by Senator Santorum is truly amazing. Did Senator Santorum think the Jewish community wouldn't notice his comparing Democrats to Hitler? In this case, 'hypocrisy' is not a strong enough word -- but it'll have to do," Forman added.

Let Senator Santorum know what you think of his abuse of Holocaust rhetoric! Contact him in one of the following ways:

** Click here to send Senator Santorum an e-mail message

** Call Senator Santorum at 202-224-6324

** Write Senator Santorum at 511 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510