Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington June 24, 2015..
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Notorious Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan likened American Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler on Sunday, Fox News reported.
Regarding a 1994 crime bill Clinton supported, he said "Mrs. Clinton backed the crime bill and then called our young people super predators. Of course she apologized, but just a minute. See, Hitler could've said to the Jews after Auschwitz, 'I'm so sorry.' Would that be enough to satisfy you?"
Video footage of Hillary Clinton defending the bill in 1994 by calling young people in gangs "super predators" who need to "be brought to heel" has been widely circulated during this election cycle by activists in the Black Lives Matter protest movement.Bill Clinton said last year
that he regrets signing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act into law because it contributed to the country's high incarceration rate of black people for nonviolent crimes. Still, he has defended his wife remarks, which protesters have said were racially insensitive.
"I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped on crack and sent them out on the street to murder other African-American children," he said. "Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn't."
Hillary Clinton has said she regrets using the term.
Fox News reported that Farrakhan went on to blame Hillary Clinton for President Barack Obama's estrangement from the Nation of Islam leader. "Barack did not want to denounce me," he said. "But Hillary forced him. And he gave in."
According to the report, Farrakhan criticized Republican nominee Donald Trump's tax practices, but said his friends voted for Clinton "because they don't know who she really is."
He also referred to Clinton as a "wicked woman" and decried her receipt of the 2009 Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. "It was Mrs. Sanger who advocated population control of black and poor people," he said.
Farrakhan has a checkered past with antisemitism
. In March 2015, he blamed "Israelis and Zionist Jews" for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some of Farrakhan’s other claims in that speech relating to Sept. 11 include that “an Israeli film crew dressed as Arabs were filming the Twin Towers before the first plane went in” and “many Jews received a text message not to come to work on Sept. 11.”
In 2011, he also said that Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the US into war” and that “Zionists dominate the US government and banks.”Reuters contributed to this report.