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GOP Congressman Quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ To Attack Trump’s Critics As Liars From House Floor


GOP Congressman Quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ To Attack Trump’s Critics As Liars From House Floor

A Republican congressman quoted from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to accuse Democrats and the news media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion.

“For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies — CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and countless others — have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history,” Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said on Monday.

On Monday, the five-term lawmaker said that the accusations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia are “nothing but a ‘big lie.'” According to the Washington Post, that expression was “coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their ‘unqualified capacity for falsehood’ to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.

“In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered ‘big lie’ propaganda to maximum, and deadly, effect,” Brooks said on the House floor Monday.

“Quote, in the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus, in the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie,” Brooks said, quoting from James Murphy’s English translation of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

“Who is this ‘big lie’ master?” Brooks said before identifying the quote’s author as “socialist Adolf Hitler.”

“When it comes to big lie political propaganda in America, as the Mueller report confirms, America’s socialists and their fake news media allies are experts and have no peers,” Brooks went on to argue.

CNN notes:

By emphasizing the word “socialist,” he appeared to try to draw an association between Democratic socialists and the Nazi Party, or the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The Nazis, however, weren’t socialists, and the party’s violent promotion of racism and anti-Semitism is not comparable with the modern Democratic Party of the United States.

The Post adds:

It was unclear if Brooks grasped that by leveling charges of the “big lie,” he had inverted his own analogy, making Democrats the equivalent of interwar German and Austrian Jews. He set out to compare the other side to fascists, but he was the one employing a fascist smear — one that, ironically, came to define Nazi propaganda.


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