June 11th, 2010
12:43 PM ET
8 years ago

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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  1. Chas in Iowa

    The GOP does use nazi like tactics to spread their propoganda.
    During the Bush regime (note the use of regime to descibe a government entity I don't like) Darth Chenney made an artform out of making anyone who dared to disagree with him appear as unpatriotic. A the while Mr. Rove was busy selling Washington over on K street.
    The way the GOP tries to rewrite history and thier perception of reality you would think they live in a completely different world (oh yeah,....they do).

    June 11, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Philip. FL

    Meg Whitman! California will elect anyone. oh that's right you have, with the likes of Union busting Ronald Reagan and Arnold. Come on people stop thinking it's okay to vote people in to office that go against your own sel interest. Divided we fall.

    June 11, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. VAVoter

    Kinda like the Tea-party with the Nazi signs of President. Obama....they can dish it but they can't take it.

    June 11, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. DianeRPCFL

    Thank you, Jerry. It's about time someone started stating the obvious about the rightwingnut lunatic fringe the Party of Reagan (GOP) has become lately.

    June 11, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. thor

    I could care less who wins this election in California,but gee whiz it seems like this guy has held some political office out there,forever.And the state never seems to get it's financial house in order no matter who the govenor is.

    June 11, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. FlexSF

    Meg is a talentless, power hungry, republican whore. She will fail, miserably!

    June 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. BMS

    Go Jerry! I agree on all fronts, except for the comment about Meg Whitman becoming President. Not going to happen...she's stiff as a board, about a stiff as they come.

    June 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Nurse Lisa

    so what did Whitman's campaign say about JB? Could it possibly be worse than calling Whitman a Nazi? Maybe JB has been watching too much Glen Beck – he thinks Nazis are everywhere.

    June 11, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I believe it was good ol' Newt who started this comparison schtick, not Jerry. If the dialog is drooping, then its merely lowering to the level of the neo-[R] party....that great bastion of intellectual energy.

    I say let the serious comparisons with the Nazis begin. Hitler and his henchmen were rightwingers all the way. Now let's see..... who most resembles that leaning in American politics.....well let's see......certainly it includes those neo-racist, birth-bagging, reactionary, delusional morons that like to CALL themselves conservative.

    June 11, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Horkusmac

    Talk about dinosaurs and inside-the-beltway-politics-as-usual type politicians, Jerry Brown drives the bus. He's a perfect fit for California. The kool-aid drinkers will awaken from their respective slumbers long enough to enter the voting booth and click the donkey lever. Then, back to the coma. They will awaken from time to time to only blame Bush for things going wrong, bow to Obama and blame everything on the Republicans. Open-mindedness 101!

    June 11, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. RepubVet for Obama

    I find it more offensive that Meg Whitman is the best the Republican party has to offer in California! Isn't there anyone in the CA Republican party who didn't run a company in the ground (see Meg's last 2 years at eBay) and won't resemble a fish when it comes to political stance. Meg Whitman didn't grow eBay, the dot com bubble did. When it came time to grow eBay, she didn't get it done.

    I think both Republicans and Democrats just want a politician that will take a stance on issues and be consistant in their philosophy. This doesn't mean as facts become available politicians make a better choice for their constituents and the country, it means don't project an image one day and then when it becomes 'fashionable' change to another; that is call untrustworthy.

    June 11, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Republicans are all FASCISTS so what's the surprise?

    June 11, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. John , Blacksburg VA

    His opponent should retort that Jerry Brown's the only one in the race that has a Dead Kennedys song comparing him to a Nazi ("California Über Alles").

    June 11, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Lucullus

    Everyone hates comparisons to the Nazis and rightly so. That said, the sad truth is that the Jackboot Right makes a practice of telling the biggest, most outrageous lies about their opponents. They do it all the time. From all the lies, half truths and innuendo about the Clintons, to Sarah Palin's "death panel" remarks, to the charge of treason against anyone who disagrees with them. So yes, it may be uncomfortable for some to admit but Whitman is probably making Dr. Goebbles proud, every time she opens her mouth

    June 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Jim Klimaski

    What a poorly written article. Jerry Brown was commenting on something the Whitman campaign put out about him which he said was untrue. He implies that the campaign knew the statement was false, yet published it anyway. What was said that Brown was referring to? The article make little sense without that information. CNN find a new reporter.

    June 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Moon Bat is baaack! Wonder if Linda will will pop her head up?

    June 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. whaley41

    Why don't you stick to the issues, Jerry!

    June 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. John

    I hope he crushes her in November. She is an idiot trying to buy the governorship and would destroy California if elected.

    June 11, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    How does Meg expect to be elected when she herself did not vote in a single election for over 20 years?

    June 11, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Governor Moonbeam – keeping it classy, 1 democrat at a time.

    June 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. mkjp

    Those comments are offensive and unnacceptable. As are every single comment/image the tea party people like to throw out there relating Obama to Hitler and the Nazis. Why is it ok for some people and not others? No one should be saying such things, but why get worked up about one guy and not hundreds or thousands of people doing the same thing?

    June 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    It's not surprising. The GOP and and GOP network Fix No News are the ones who complain about everyone else being a Nazi while all the time they use the exact same tactics as the Nazi's used. People have been getting smarter about them but not enough. The GOP and Fix No News have been and continue to use Nazi tactics and cry when they get caught using them, like Beck always does, but these people are ones dragging out wonderful country down to their slimy level of politics. Don't get suckered into their lies, we know how to stop them cold,

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 11, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. AQ

    If the shoe fits might I suggest the NazTea party start wearing it. They are exactly what the Nazi party was. For those who apparently skipped over history – Hitler and the Nazi's didn't rise to power overnight. It took years of small lies, propoganda that fed into the already exist prejudices and simply repeating things over and over again until there were two thoughts – those that started to believe the repetion of lies and those who figured the Nazi's would never get anywhere because they were just too out there.

    Folks, Nazi history IS repeating itself right here in America and it's not coming from the Liberals or Democrats. Open your eyes and look at the facts and stop this before WE become the next chapter in Hitler's dream.

    June 11, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Tom Chambers

    It's all that LSD, Moonbeam...The stuff frys the brain!

    June 11, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. cds

    Godwin's Law in effect! That didn't take too long.

    June 11, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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