GOP Rep. Apologizes For Comparing Obama To Hitler In Paris Attacks Tweet

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, speaks during the Petrochemical Maritime Outlook Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Texas Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Courier, Kirk Sides)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) apologized Tuesday to those who were offended by his comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, but stood by his criticism of the President for failing to attend an anti-terrorism rally.

Weber referenced Hitler Monday night in a tweet that trashed Obama for not joining dozens of other world leaders at a unity march Sunday in Paris following last week’s terror attacks in that city:

In a statement released Tuesday, Weber offered his apologies to those who were offended and said he never intended to compare Obama to Hitler, nor to trivialize the Holocaust.

“The President’s actions or lack thereof is my point of contention,” he said.

Read the full statement below:

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.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: