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Mourdock compares U.S. economic woes to Nazi Germany

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Richard Mourdock, who lost his Republican Senate campaign two years ago amid criticism for his comment about rape, is now comparing the handling of the national economy to the events leading up to Germany's 1936 elections under the Nazi regime.

In a farewell speech to Indiana Republicans during the party convention Saturday, term-limited state Treasurer Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country's 1936 elections.

Mourdock began by praising World War II veterans—Friday was the 70th anniversary of D-Day—but then said the war started much earlier than that, during Germany's 1936 elections.

"And this is where I put on my state treasurer's hat again for just a moment to give the most important lesson: The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises, that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute," Mourdock said.

He said the Nazis targeted one group after another, "but ultimately they went after the Jews, they deprived them of their property, their rights, their citizenship. Because they were bankrupt."

Mourdock said the circumstances that carried the Nazis to power were economic and that they raised his concerns about America's current situation dealing with debt.

"The truth is 70 years later we are drifting toward the tides of another beachhead with the bankruptcy of America," he said.

Mourdock explained afterward it wasn't meant as a direct comparison to President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

In a tweet Saturday afternoon, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody asked the state's Republican Party leaders to denounce Mourdock's comparison.

Mourdock has faced criticism for remarks before. During a debate in the final weeks of his U.S. Senate bid in 2012, the tea party-backed Mourdock said a pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."

Mourdock lost that race to Democrat Joe Donnelly and state Republican leaders have kept their distance from him since then. National Republicans used his stumble as an example when training candidates on how to avoid gaffes on the campaign trail.

Republican delegates who heard Mourdock's speech expressed dismay at his remarks.

"Mourdock likens my country to Nazi Germany. Not my country, Mr. Mourdock! So shameful the day after D-Day anniv. GO AWAY!" Mike Murphy, a Marion County Republican delegate and former local chairman, wrote in a tweet.

Indiana Republican Chairman Tim Berry said he did not hear Mourdock's remarks, but said comparisons to Nazis are generally inappropriate.

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  • Some do not get it
    Some of you do not get it. When you compare anything to nazi you are comparing everything. You cannot compare the raise of nazis without including all that was done. Mourdock could of compared the economy to Nations in Europe that are in trouble. No he compared this country to a group who built death camps. There is NO way to excuse these comments. NONE
  • Mike C
    When someone makes an apt and correct comparison to Nazis, that's worth hearing. When someone is using "Nazi" in an obnoxious, partisan (and incorrect) bid for one last headline, that's worth condemning. Too many people suffered enormously at the hands of Nazis to be so cavalier about it.
    • Good
      Good, Mourdock. Please keep speaking and showing your ignorance.
    • Ignorance of History
      Ignorance of Pre WWII Nazi Germany history isn't an excuse to drag a guy through the mud. Hitler filled a need that the German people voted for at that time, then allowed him to seize overall power. The point Mourdock makes is that if we don't pay attention, someone that isn't all there can convince us that he/she is the right person to vote for and as long as we continue to get what we want, we will turn a blind eye to whatever "other agenda" said leader has. Just as it happened in history only 84-90 years ago. We need to stop jumping on people for everything that we deem just the little bit offensive. I don't like Mourdock nor did I vote for him. But can't we at times just understand what he is saying and listen to the argument? When only a small percentage of voters vote, what keeps special interest groups from voting in a "Hitleresque" type person. He was just saying, history can and does repeat itself so watch out. Ignorance of history is not a reason to condemn someone.
    • Where is Mourdock wrong!?
      Are you people serious? Hitler wasn't elected, first of all, he was appointed. Germany was in crippling inflation, second of all, and that's what caused most of the unrest. If anything, the US has the opposite problem. Finally, I think you'll find that the Nazis hated all the same people Mourdock and his supporters do. Perhaps Mourdock was just trying to distance himself from the glaring similarities.
    • Spot On!
      Mr Mourdocks comments are spot on. Obamabots will accept anything for a government check. Thanks for speaking the truth boldly Richard!
    • He is right
      I've learned quite a lot about pre-nazi Germany and have seen many similarities with our current direction. I've also listened to my grandparents life in Germany. They left before 1930 to be free in America (legally!) and away from the control of government. The European countries are collapsing from this government overload.
    • Private Citizen vs. State Representative
      Mr. Mourdock, as a representative of the senior level State of Indiana politicians, has a certain expected level of civility. The fact that he cannot manage to get through a presentation without dragging our current adminstration, whether he likes and/or approves of them or not, is uncalled for. Based upon his actions over the past two years, I am fully expecting him to "go postal" at any point, and bring a "sanctioned" gun into his laughingly-called workplace, and let loose. To my fellow Republicans (yes, I am a registered Repuglican): be warned of his future actions.
    • Another comparison...
      Richard Mourdock looks like Adolf Hitler.
    • untrue
      could someone tell me what Murdock mentions that is untrue?
    • DUMB
      Maybe 8th in general population...wonder what our POLS rank? Murdock, Turner, etal?
    • Standard political speech
      Mourdock is just copying Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who consistently cast their political opposition as Nazis, racists, homophobes, misogynists, etc., so the left needs to can its feigned outrage over these statements. Demonization of political opposition is today's norm. Until both sides demand more intelligent dialogue from its leaders, this is what we will get.
    • Seriously?
      Mike Smith...seriously? You may disagree with Mourdock on virtually every issue, personally & politically. But c'mon, man. This guy is the state treasurer...what has personally done to "wreak havoc" in your life. Don't you think you're overstating his importance just a bit. After all...he DIDN'T WIN his race for the senate.
    • history lesson
      I haven't seen or heard his comments directly...I've only seen/read this article. But I've gotta' say...just because people don't like history and the facts related to what Mourdock said...that doesn't make it any less true. If he had called the current administration a bunch of Nazis, I'd be the first to stand up and renounce his comments. But that's not what he did (at least according to the story here). He simply told the story about how that party came into party. "Nazi" is a buzz word and its loaded with additional meaning. Forget that word. Mourdock could have made same case/point by looking back at history, and talking about how the "National Socialist Party" came to power by making promises to a despondent and destitute public. Nothing untrue there, and there are obvious parallels to our current economic situation. That doesn't mean that Obama is starting a new Holocaust. It doesn't mean that the democrat party is a bunch of Nazis. Its saying that the economic & political situation we are in is very similar to that of Germany in 1936. Its almost a cliche, but those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. People need to stop over-reacting to a simple buzz word and look at real issues.
    • You get what you vote for.
      It behoves us as voters to educate ourselves about the candidates that are presented to us. There are plenty of resources that one can access to find out about them. Until we collectively exercise our voting rights in a responsible and thoughtful way, people like Mourdock will continue to wreak havoc on the quality of life in America. Real problems are not solved or addressed, the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for everyone is further out of reach and the wealthy continue to accumulate more of what rest of us are denied.
    • Dumb
      And they say Indiana is the eighth dumbest state!
    • Standing ovation
      The only one acting like a nazi is Mourdoock and every republican delegate who stood up and cheered. Richard mourdock should be forced to resign today

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