Well, that didn’t take long.
Exactly one minute into his speech on the Senate floor Monday night, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, brought Adolf Hitler into the conversation when addressing the controversial letter to Iran signed by 46 of his GOP colleagues.
Because for some reason, people think Hitler is the best way to make whatever point they’re trying to make.
In Cotton’s defense, this is one of the more logical Hilter references we’ve seen.
“The world is growing ever more dangerous, and our defense spending is wholly inadequate to confront the danger,” Cotton said. “To be exact, during the last four or five years, the world has grown gravely darker. We have steadily disarmed, partly with a sincere desire to give a lead to other countries and partly due to the severe financial pressure of the time. But a change must now be made. We must not continue longer on a course in which we alone are growing weaker while every other nation is growing stronger.
“I wish I could take credit for those eloquent but ominous words, but I cannot. Winston Churchill sounded that warning in 1933 as Adolf Hitler had taken power in Germany. Tragically, Great Britain and the West didn’t heed this warning, when they might have strangled that monster in his crib. Rather they let the locust continue to eat away at the common defense.”
Other times Hitler has entered the conversation:
Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, tweeted out this gem:
It came in January after the Obama administration didn’t attend the Unity March in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.
Weber was referring to the time when Adolf (not Adolph) Hitler visited Paris in 1940 after Germany’s Nazi forces took over France.
After getting significant backlash on Twitter, Weber offered an apology saying “it was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler.”
A teacher once asked sixth-grade students to compare former President George W. Bush to the Nazi leader:
According to local media, the educator at McKinley Middle School sent students home with a Venn diagram as part of a class project. It included instructions to compare and contrast Hitler and Bush, stating that “both men abused their powers.”
Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin and Hitler:
The former Secretary of State did it at a private event for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, saying Putin’s effort to protect Russians in Ukraine is similar to Hitler protecting ethnic Germans outside of Germany.
“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” she said. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
Illegal immigrants can be like Hitler, too:
In 2010, Georgia’s Republican State Rep. John Yates said illegal immigrants are like Hitler and should be shot, because like Hitler, they’re enemies of the United States.
“Stopping Hitler was worth the price,” he said. “It’s our border, they’re invading us.”German justice minister compares President George W. Bush to Hitler:
The topic came up in 2002, when discussing Bush’s tactics in Iraq.
“Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems,” The regional newspaper Schwäbisches Tagblatt reported Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s justice minister, Herta Däubler-Gmelin. “It’s a classic tactic. It’s one that Hitler also used.”
All of the United States is like Hitler:
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi went there in 2011, after U.S., British, and French forces launched air strikes against him.
We defeated Italy when it was a superpower like you, he said, comparing Washington to Rome, Libya’s former colonizer. You will be defeated like Hitler and Mussolini … You are the new Hitler. He brought up America’s defeats in Vietnam and its self-debilitating invasion of Iraq. He raised the image of Osama bin Laden, that weak man who he said defeated the U.S. We will be victorious. You will die.
President Ronald Reagan, more dangerous than Hitler:
This one came again after a 1986 bombing in Libya, but was from Cuban President Fidel Castro, saying Reagan was “as unscrupulous and as irresponsible as Hitler.”
“In a sense, Reagan is potentially more dangerous than the German Nazi leader because he has a much more powerful military arsenal at his disposal, including nuclear weapons,” Castro said.