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. gPraz

    I emailed this clown. I'm a busy man, a republican! No wonder "we" lost" This guy is a complete idiot. A disgrace. A lunatic. Just when we all need to come together and solve very serious problems this guy decides to bring up Hitler. He is Doctor on top of it. maybe he needs to take a few history lessons between all the biology and phisiology! JERK!!!!

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Dylan, Los Angeles

    The South really is stuck in the past. This man is obviously gets his information from Rush Limbaugh and the fanatical right wing which has hi-jacked the GOP and caused the Republican party to disentegrate.

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Roger

    This is exactly why the Republican Party is so despised and demonized right now. It is these far right wing nut jobs who drag the party down with these outrageous observations, their hate-filled speeches and their complete lack of reality. Unless and until the Republican party moves itself more the center of American thinking and weeds out these jerks and religious crackpots, they will find themselves lost in the wildnerness of American society and consciousness. BTW: This jerk-off should do us all a favor and resign!

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Geoff

    You guys are completely sipping koolaid.
    The man said he wants to start a quasi-military organization only answerable to HIM.
    Broun was right to put this into the public debate, no media talking head will ever do so.

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Haters

    Sad, Sad, Sad,

    Trust me President-Elect Obama can't do any worst to this country then what has already been done. I must admit Bush did accomplish something that no other President was able to do and that's to bring us to the highest deficit ever. We are broke ya'll; ya think maybe we can file for bankruptcy. As Sarah would say, "Say it ain't so Joe, but I betcha we can file that bankruptcy deal and I'll get it to ya"!

    While ya at Sarah take this looney bin with cha!

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Kay1111

    Just another paranoid racist Republican. All they ever talk about is fear, fear, fear; be afraid be afraid be afraid. If the future of the Republican Party consists of skin heads and racists, then they have no future. All the able minded already left. C'mon holdbacks, time to join the human race!

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Can't believe the republican ignorance

    Wow! The anti-education republican movement has begun... Palin is a prime example of what people who are not comfortable with mainstream media, mainstream intelligence, mainstream education.... are all about. Please, stop this nonsense. During the campaign, Palin called Obama a terrorist, and now this idiot calls him a nazi? Republicans: have you truly gone absolutely crazy?

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Zenter

    this guy is a moron. will the the next idiotic republican please shut up?

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Ohio for Obama

    The Republican party will never renite until the old ones shut up and realize the old ways are gone and don't relate to anyone – especially the young republicans that want a chance to heard in the party. You would hear 20 and 30 year old repubs talking like this. Just the old 60 and 70 year olds. They can't go back to the Reagan years or Bush. The must reinvent themselves and realize things are different in this country. Out with the with the new. With that said, they still aren't good enough for Washington (smile) So look and learn repubs....look and learn.

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. charles

    i wouldn't mind having a civilian force that's just as strong as the military. that way, when all of our freedoms finally disappear and we live in a poverty stricken wasteland ruled by corporate overlords we might actually have a shot at overthrowing the government.

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. B

    This guy is a joke. There really is no comparison, and Republican fear mongering is dead. NEXT!

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. ready to say I told you so

    Why should this man apologize? Freedom of speech or did Obama take that away already????? If someone is offended, too bad. Sometimes you have to deal with things you dont like to here. I have been listening to the media crap for the last year and have had to deal. Sometimes the TRUTH hurts.

    November 12, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. MWA

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Demdog

    I'm amazed with the ignorance of some of the people in America.

    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. jack

    My book on new left in America detailed the movement in the 60's, and to my mind (after a PhD at UCLA) I have determined that in ideological terms Obama is a communist. There are what is called scientific socialism which means communism and the main purpose is to redistribute surplus value to all members of society which has come out of the Obama,s mouth. Marx was a philosoper and economist and dealt with slavery in the Roman Empire in his doctors dissertation. W hile Hitler was not a philosoper but a practical person with the goal of subverting democracy and ruling with a one party state. This is the style of communism with no room for dissent. Witness how McCain and Palin were treated and now there is one party rule in America. In this regard there is no sharing of power so the anology to the similarities with German rule at Hitlers time ; this is not without merit by this congressman.

    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Doug

    What a terrable person this Rep is. This just masks the fact that he is racist. Why cann't folks except the fact that he's a nice a guy (Obama) and he's thinking about people. Anyone with his smarts could have gone into any law firm and made lots of money. Instead he chose to help folks on the south side of Chicago. By the way I'm white and male.


    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Carole

    It's always stunning to me when Americans vote for people who don't even know the differences between Fascism, Nazism, Marxism, Communism, Etc, yet throw those words around to smear and threaten others. How did this loser get into public office? I certainly hope that my intelligent friends in GA vote him out next time. He's clearly a moron who doesn't understand the most basic elements of history or political and economic theory.

    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. True Blue Ohio

    Further evidence of the "Palin Effect."

    November 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Dave Robson, Pawleys Island, SC

    Obviously, Broun failed to listen to Obama's acceptance speech. This is the time for ALL of us to pull together as ONE nation. It is people like Broun that will cause the demise of the Repub party. We should have zero tolerance for divisive comments like this.

    I wish people with these views this would just hold their comments for about 12 months and then read them again. They will then realize how stupid they were and feel better that did not say anything. Because they were are 100% wrong.

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Jason - Medina, Ohio

    I could make a crazy statement too:

    Bush pushed a war to protect "our freedom" from radical Islam. Much like Hitler pushed a war to protect "pure Germans" from Jews.

    This small minded congressman is exactly what is wrong with this country. If he was my representative, I would be ashamed.

    Making connections to Hitler is the politics of fear. How about you just discuss your fundamental problems with the issue and leave these small minded comments out of the argument.

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. RealityKing

    It is the MSM that better represents the Hitler era. Because like Hitlers enablers, they were more than willing to put their progressive agenda ahead of the publics right to know the truth.

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Al, NY NY

    how typical. Don't like the person. Compare him to Adolph. He's sorry now, but I bet he was licking his patheitc chops when he said it, as was the crowd at the Rotary Club..."you da mn right that boy is just like that Hitler the way who was he? Since I didn't finish 2nd grade I don't know who he is...but d amn right" Yee ha

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Proud American

    This man sounds like an idiot and I am hoping that this will be his only term. He could at least respect the office of the President, even if he disagrees with President Obama. HE IS AN IDIOT.

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. ADP

    Fascism is not a right-wing ideology. This just shows your political ignorance. It is, as of yet, unplaced on the political spectrum. It can also take many forms, in many environments, and can ally itself with many different political ideas.

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. B

    This guy is a joke. There really is no comparison, and Republican fear mongering is dead. NEXT!

    November 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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