Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) compared Democrats simultaneously to Nazis and the Jews they persecuted in a muddled attempt to use “Mein Kampf” as a political cudgel on the House floor Monday.
According to the Washington Post, he accused Democrats and members of the media of perpetrating the “big lie” of President Donald Trump’s collusion, a phrase favored by Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich to smear Jewish people’s “unqualified capacity for falsehood.”
“A ‘big lie’ is a political propaganda technique made famous by Germany’s national socialist German workers’ party, but more on that later,” he said, clearly misunderstanding that the Nazis used “big lie” to refer to Jews, not to themselves.
“In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered big-lie propaganda to a maximum and deadly effect,” he concluded. “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.’”
He dramatically concluded that the quote was from “socialist Adolf Hitler, in his book, ‘Mein Kampf.’”
After Brooks’ ham-handed attempt to compare Democrats to Nazis, the Anti-Defamation League demanded an apology.
It’s unconscionable for a member of Congress to demonize an opposing party by claiming it’s comparable to Nazism. The vicious Nazi regime was responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews and millions more. This is dangerous and @RepMoBrooks must apologize. https://t.co/DQpxJUEg6s
— ADL (@ADL) March 25, 2019
Brooks is no stranger to controversy, just two weeks ago slamming a bill that decried hatred and discrimination because it did not specifically “condemn discrimination against Caucasian-Americans and Christians.” He has previously accused Democrats of waging a “war on whites.”