June 11th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
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Nazi comparisons kick off California race

ALT TEXT California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown alleged his opponent, Meg Whitman, of disseminating propaganda about him in the same way the Nazis did. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Given California's colorful political history, perhaps it's no surprise the just-kicked off gubernatorial race has taken a peculiar turn, with one candidate accusing the other of using Nazi-like tactics.

During an apparent off-the-cuff interview with a KCBS reporter published Wednesday, state Attorney Gen. Jerry Brown, the Democratic candidate, alleged opponent Meg Whitman of disseminating propaganda about him in the same way the Nazis did.

"It's like Goebbels...Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda," said Brown in reference to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. "He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That's her ambition, the first woman president. That's what this is all about."

The comments were made while Brown was jogging and his campaign dismissed the remarks as mere "jogging talk."

"You know, by the time she's done with me, two months from now, I'll be a child-molesting..." Brown also said in the same interview. "She'll have people believing whatever she wants about me."

Jillian Hasner, Whitman's campaign manager, said in a statement that Brown's comments are "deeply offensive."

"Jerry Brown's statements comparing our campaign to a propagator of the Holocaust [are] deeply offensive and entirely unacceptable," she said.

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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. John Q.

    It's like the new sport of "progressives" to call people Nazi's, racists, bigots, or what have you as if bashing others is suddenly in vogue. Taking a cue from the administration with a wink and a nod, as well as the current democratic leadership in Congress, negative propaganda, finger pointing, and passing the buck has never reached such levels that I can remember. Obama can be remembered as the "great divider" when his term is finally through... if we survive it.

    June 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Andrew

    reductio ad hitlerum

    Sad sad!

    June 11, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. BenR

    @Matt When Glen Beck stops having Nazi Tourette's syndrome along with all the other rightwing blabber mouths .. we can talk about elevating the conversation. Brown never said the word Nazi but inferred it by talking about Goebbels which I can safely say 80% of the electorate wouldn't even KNOW was a Nazi.

    June 11, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. .....

    He speaks the truth! you go Jerry! all these republicans are a bunch of nut jobs with their way of thinking and their ideologies! I wouldn't vote for Meg Whitman if she gave me the $80 million she spent for a 6 digit salaried job! what an idiot...you have my vote mr. brown

    June 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Mickey, NY

    The GOP might just as well be wearing jackboots and swastikas...they have proven to be racists.

    June 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Clint, Wa.

    And let the Mud slinging begin, did I say Mud?, well I'll leave it at that.

    June 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. JTN

    California... Über Alles! California... Üuuuuuuber Alles!!

    June 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Lets send Rush and Sarah the bill.

    She even looks like Ava Braun.We know who the new Nazis are,extremist rightwing fringenuts like Matt and TCM.Hahaha

    June 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Meh...when you're talking about history's greatest masterminds of propaganda, it really comes down to just two names: Goebbels and Trotsky. So whenever the comparison gets made for a little hyperbolic rhetorical flourish, there's either going to be people trying to whine about an underlying implication regarding Nazism or communism. Objectively, I wouldn't read too much into this...well, you know, unless you're the media trying to fabricate and sensationalize a controversy or a crybaby GOPer.

    BTW, his statement is in no way comparable to Teatards holding up signs of Obama's face plastered on Hitler's body with one of those little moustaches he used to wear painted over his lip with a sharpie...so save the "liberal hypocrisy" pantwetting, GOPercons. It's apples and oranges.

    June 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Mike in San Antonio

    When all else fails...bring out the Nazi card, or the Racist card, or the ___________ card! Absolutely idiotic and it's being done on both sides by infantile individuals that we vote into (or out of) public office.

    June 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Jerome

    I know something in Orange County is anti-american, Feds may find more then their looking for.

    June 11, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. samsonx511

    Why is Jerry Brown jogging in a business suit?

    June 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Patrick Henry Paine

    I lived in CA during the questionable reign of Jerry the Jerk, aka Governor Moonbeam, and I am not a bit surprised at this sort of disconnect from reality. Brown, just like our current "president" has no conception that anything he does or thinks could possibly be anything but perfect; ergo the surprise that anyone would oppose him, as has Ms Whitman. The real question here is why is this man allowed to run around loose, when he obviously needs to be in protective mental health custody? Someone should make sure he takes his medications regularly. Thank you commiefornia for more theater of the absurd!

    June 11, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. djw

    oohh so the rethugs can call Pres Obama a Nazi but once the whinny rethugs are called Nazi it's wrong – do we have children playing politics in Cali

    June 11, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Mere jogging remarks? Why apologize when what he's saying is exactly true!?

    June 11, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Seth

    What? Doesn't everyone compare political adversaries to mass murderers while they jog?

    June 11, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. scott

    He's right. Nuff said

    June 11, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Daniel

    I don't think I've ever compared people to Nazi's while jogging.

    June 11, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Bill Caudle

    That's my Jerry, saying what is true in spite of the consequences.
    Love the guy...

    June 11, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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