Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman (R) is standing by her since-deleted tweet comparing President Trump to Adolf Hitler.
Whitman tweeted on Tuesday that Hitler “has nothing” on Trump, according to The Associated Press.
In an interview with NBC 4 New York, Whitman said she stands by the message, but felt the comparison was “inflammatory.”
“Hitler took a long time to get where he was and he had to do a lot of other things. Trump is going much faster. We are going down a dark hole and I really worry for the country,” Whitman said.
Whitman said she hoped the shock value of the tweet would make people think about why she made the reference.
“Hitler … wanted was unadulterated adulation. I think our president wants unadulterated adulation and he doesn’t stand for anyone who was going to question that,” she said.
Whitman’s original tweet was in response to a New York Times report about a shocking video depicting Trump stabbing, shooting journalists and political opponents inside a church that was played at a conservative conference held at his Miami golf resort.
Whitman included a link to the Times story in her deleted post.
“This video, played @ the president’s resort, is the stuff of dictators. The US is a land of discourse with those who disagree, not violent destruction of opponents in a church,” Whitman wrote in the later tweet.
This video, played @ the president's resort, is the stuff of dictators. The US is a land of discourse with those who disagree, not violent destruction of opponents in a church. #Trump & his defenders should be ashamed. What is America becoming? #TrumpVideo https://t.co/LFXd8cpKtX
— Gov Christie Whitman (@GovCTW) October 15, 2019