A state Republican lawmaker in North Carolina on Wednesday called President Abraham Lincoln a “tyrant,” comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
State Rep. Larry Pittman made the remark in a Facebook post responding to criticism of his bill that would reverse the Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on same-sex marriage, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Republican leader of the North Carolina House said that the bill will not go up for a vote, per the Charlotte Observer.
Pittman first defended his bill by arguing that it would not reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage but would uphold “the law of this State in spite of the opinion of a federal court that had no business interfering,” according to screengrabs posted by IndyWeek.
After commenters on Facebook continued to criticize Pittman, with one telling him that the “Civil war is over,” Pittman brought up Hitler and Lincoln.
“And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?” he wrote. “Lincoln was the same sort if (sic) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
Pittman appears to have taken down his Facebook page as of Thursday morning.
His comments drawing a comparison between Hitler and Lincoln came one day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer incorrectly stated that Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Spicer later apologized for his mistake.