Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

North Carolina lawmaker compares former US president Lincoln and Hitler

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
April 13, 2017 17:36

Cabarrus County Rep. Larry Pittman made the comments during a debate over sam-sex marriage on Facebook Wednesday.

Abe Lincoln, Adolf Hitler

Abe Lincoln, Adolf Hitler . (photo credit:ALEXANDER GARDNER,REUTERS)

A North Carolina lawmaker found himself embroiled in controversy Wednesday after comparing former US president Abraham Lincoln with Adolf Hitler, according to The Washington Examiner.

While debating the merits of a new same-sex marriage bill introduced in the state's General Assembly over Facebook, one commentator told Cabarrus County Rep. Larry Pittman "to get over" the issue," adding that "the Civil War is over. The [US federal government] won."



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



In response, Pittman wrote: "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional."

Pittman's public comments drew almost immediate condemnation, prompting North Carolina Democratic Party chairman Wayne Goodwin to questions his colleague's judgment.


"Representative Pittman and his ultra-conservative allies in the General Assembly have no sense of decency, no sense of shame and no sense of historical fact," Goodwin said in a statement.

The Examiner also noted that most historians put the American death toll between 620,000 to 750,000.

It was not the first time this week an American official referenced the Nazi leader.

Speaking with reporters one week after a chemical attack killed 87 civilians and injured over 550 in Syria's Idlib province, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Spicer said that even Hitler didn't "sink to using chemical weapons" in World War II, unlike Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He later apologized for the statement. 


Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Israel news
  • israel news english
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    March of the Living
    April 24, 2017
    EU officials vow to never forget along with 10,000 participants in March of the Living

    By TAMARA ZIEVE

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 11 - 23
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 21
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 10 - 18
      Jerusalem
      12 - 19
      Haifa
    • 16 - 28
      Elat
      18 - 27
      Tiberias