November 12th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Paul Broun is sorry for seemingly comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler."]

(CNN) - Republican Paul Broun is sorry for calling President-elect Barack Obama a 'Marxist' and comparing him to Adolf Hitler, the Georgia Congressman said Tuesday.

“I regret putting it that way,” he told WGAC radio in Augusta, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.”

In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this week, Broun admitted to calling the future commander-in-chief a 'Marxist' at a recent Rotary club meeting, and said Obama has expressed support for policies similar to those of Hitler.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Broun told the AP. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may– may not, I hope not - but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

Broun was specifically referring to a July speech by Obama, where the then-Democratic presidential nominee said he supports a civilian force helping the military when it comes to national security: "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the military]," Obama said in the speech that was largely a call to national service.

Responding to those comments, Broun told the AP Monday: "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun added. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential."

The Obama transition office did not respond to Broun's comments, and in his interview Tuesday to WGAC, the first term congressman said, “The point I tried to make is that he is extremely liberal, he has promoted a lot of socialistic ideas, and it just makes me concerned."

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soundoff (708 Responses)
  1. PUMBU


    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. john

    yes........... that is where i really wonder about BARRy's comment. as powerful as the military. that is why you liken whatever barry is talking about to hitler. why do we need another force as powerful as the military? is the idea that we are going to do away with or almost do away with the armed forces cause barry won't be able to afford all his new promises so he wants the people of america to be the new military. I mean really, the is OBAMA talking about when he says this. most of what he says seems really strange and misguided and lame and just makes ya go what?????

    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. fruitcakelady

    Now, let me get this right. This Congressman expresses concern that Obama might go down the marxist route and mentions "Hitler". Well, where were all you people when George Bush was called Hitler, Murderer, Thug, etc. I think we should give Obama just as much respect as most of you and the media gave this President. None. Welcome to our world that we had to listen to for the last 7 years. And, we had a President that kept us safe. Buck up and take it like we had to, it's only beginning.

    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Jason

    Did Barack Obama call for a National Police or not? Through all the ignorant slathering of liberal idiocy, I haven't heard that question answered yet. According to what I read, yes..Obama supports that position. I bet most of you are registered voters too. God you people are scary.

    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Matt

    @ Independent

    Obama didn't say that. He was talking about a supplemental civilian force. Mischaracterizing things to give yourself something to argue against is called lying. Go set your straw men up in your cotton fields and keep dreaming of the "good ole days."

    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Ann

    So now the Peace Corps, Americorps and other organizations with people giving back to society are Hitlerian? or Marxist?
    Actually, I thought giving back was part of Christian philosophy – "To whom much is given, much is expected".
    And this guy was not only elected but reelected? Ouch!

    November 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. homer

    Meet the future of the Republican party.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. ron

    Apology – NOT ACCEPTED!

    When are these people going to be held to acount for their statements and race baiting. He should lose his job and love to see the Secret Service to look inot it!

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. White Trash

    More ranting from conservative Republican white trash.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Gayle

    Ignorance is all around us. It is so sad people are just not use a different person in the White House.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Gary

    – A national security force
    – As strong as the US military
    – Answerable directly to the President

    Doesn't that exactly describe the US military itself? Is Rep. Broun saying that the US military is a Marxist or fascist construct?

    Just because America voted Democrat, doesn't give you the right to turn on the country you swore to serve, Congressman.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. MG

    Did he finally realize that, unlike some people in his state, the rest of the country has moved forward by 40 years?

    Seriously, does the republican party has got to have smart people take it over, rather than bigots, idiots, and fearmongers, if they want to survive.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Elle

    Broun made this poisonous comment on Veteran's Day!

    Sick, paranoid and fear-mongering mentality.

    He should be censured by Congress and voted out by his constituents.

    November 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. M. WINNERS

    Rep. Broun (R-GA) meet Rep. Bachmann (R-MN).

    Both of these people are fear mongering, bigoted, evangelical neocon fascists.

    And the republiCONs and the GOP wonder why a party with a platform of divisive political demagoguery couched as "social values" is headed for the trash heap of failed political parties.

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. MizLiz

    I hate these smarmy apologies..."well, if anybody was offended, I apologize" How about ALL of us? And those that weren't offended...that's even worse. Not much hope for Georgia if the republicans and their southern strategy still hold on to power.

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Don

    The GOP's best and er... brightest at work here right? Someone should tell this clown that this is why the election was a LANDSLIDE!!! Please dismiss the stupidity sessions that the GOP are participating in, it's their own idealogy and they just use these crap remarks to make themselves feel better.

    Meanwhile in the REAL World.... President Elect Obama is getting to WORK!!

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Matt


    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. GT

    OMG! If you say it, you meant it. So who voted for this guy....

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    Here's a dime.... call someone that gives a crap.....

    You are a vile diraea spewing person who should be replaced...


    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Dan F.

    I find it very interesting that the Obamaites have taken such offense at this statement. The great Messiah could never do any wrong. I'm hoping he is all his worshippers believe – a political messiah? oxymoron (or just a bunch of little morons).

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. ADP

    Marxism and fascism are not diametrically opposed either. That is an utter falsehood. In fact, the two biggest psychopathic killers of the twentieth century were not only government-imposing socialists, but also ironically, fascists as well. Diametrically opposed eh?

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Gerard

    What they don't understand is the more you attack barack the better he gets so keep attacking lol the country is mooving in a new direction and you have not received the memo... we have mooved on and we don't believe your swiftboating karl rove politics and you still just don't get it BE CONSTRUCTIVE

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. David in Los Angeles

    What a dunce, these guys have a monopoly on being uneducated and serving the trailer park constituency . . .

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. 60 year old, white female for Obama

    After the laws and policies implemented by Bush, Cheney and their Republicans that diminish American privacy rights, consolidate power in the executive branch, imprison people without charge and trial...the list goes wonders who exactly is/was leading America into a facist state controlled by a dictator.

    The Republicans need to go back to school and learn what the terms they throw around actually mean...they are not synonyms..Another reason why the majority of educated voters are turned away from the Republican brand.

    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Bob

    I like Paul. He is a smart feller will be a good friend to our new president when she implements her Falin Doctrine.

    God bless u, Paul and America.


    November 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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