A Republican member of North Carolina’s House of Representatives on Wednesday compared President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler and called the 16th president of the U.S. a “tyrant.”
Larry Pittman also blamed Lincoln for the U.S. Civil War, which he called “unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
The remarks appeared in the comments section of a Facebook post Pittman wrote last month. Pittman began arguing with commenters on a number of issues, including his support for a law to make the Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality “null and void” in North Carolina.
Pittman wrote this now-deleted post in one of his replies:
The comments drew swift rebuke, first within Pittman’s Facebook page and then well beyond.
“When American ultra-conservatives have come to believe beloved Abraham Lincoln is equivalent to Hitler, their politics have jumped the shark and gone from eye-rolling to dangerous for our democratic republic,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin wrote on his on Facebook page.
Sean Spicer: Wow I guess I shouldn't have said that about Hitler.Rep. Larry Pittman: Hold my sweet tea, Sean. I got this. https://t.co/1ANJj5SAdY— Bae's Berserkir (@barefootboomer) April 12, 2017
Wow. I knew Republicans were OK with throwing Hitler's name around, but comparing Lincoln to Adolf? #ncpol https://t.co/Qso7UQqFiX— Ken Fine (@DeadlineFine) April 12, 2017
I guess Rep Larry Pittman will be skipping the Lincoln/Reagan dinner this year, @NC5thDems @NCDemParty @LOLGOP @ForsythDems @NCGOP— Marshall 4 House (@Marshall4House) April 13, 2017
Pittman has made national news before, for cracking birther jokes about President Barack Obama and calling Planned Parenthood “murder for hire.”
His Lincoln comments came just one day after White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed Hitler never used chemical weapons, a comment he later apologized for making.
Pittman has not yet addressed his own Hitler comments.
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