WASHINGTON – A Republican member of Congress quoted Adolf Hitler on the House floor in an attempt to blast Democrats over the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible conspiracy with the Trump presidential campaign.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks read from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in an attempt to bash Democrats and the media, alleging they had pushed a “big lie” to smear Trump during the investigation.
“A big lie is a political propaganda technique made famous by Germany’s national socialist German Worker’s Party,” Brooks said Monday. “For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and countless others, have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history.”
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Brooks railed against Democrats, citing from a four-page letter Attorney General William Barr sent to members of Congress on Sunday. The letter summarized the conclusions of Mueller’s lengthy investigation and explained that Mueller did not find conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mueller could not determine whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice by impeding the investigation, according to the letter.
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Brooks railed against Democrats for pushing the Russian conspiracy for years and the media for helping give them a voice.
He called for Democrats and the media to apologize for the “fraud and scam committed” but said he recognized that some would be more likely to “double down and propagate even more big lies because doubling down is essential to big lie theory.”
“In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered big lie propaganda to a maximum and deadly effect,” Brooks said before starting to read Hitler’s words on the House floor.
He started, “In the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus, in the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie.”
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“Who is this big lie master? That quote was in 1925 by a member of Germany’s National Socialist German Workers Party,” he said. “That’s right. Germany’s Socialist Party, more commonly known as the Nazis. The author was socialist Adolf Hitler in his book, ‘Mein Kampf.'”
Brooks’ emphasis on socialism in Germany appeared to be an attempt to link socialism with the Democratic Party — even though Nazis were not, in fact, socialists. They, along with Hitler, were fascists, essentially the opposite of socialists. Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party that initiated World War II and was central in the death of millions during the Holocaust.
While on the House floor, Brooks also called on Americans to reject “America’s socialists and their fake news media allies” or “succumb to the danger that lurks and horrific damage that results.”
Brooks’ office did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
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