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. scott, London

    Respect the president? He'll get respect when he earns it. while well spoken, he's short on details and all you democratic morons just jack step in line like you say the conservatives do, you're just too close to see it. This is a house of cards built on promises without specifics. We'll see how you feel when you're tapped for manditory public service under higher taxes! If you believe in redistribution, just send your retirement check to the Treasury, but not me. The point made was that Hitler started from a Democracy and quickly migrated to being a dictator. It would be easy for Nobama to do, with the full support of his congress. Frankly, you people can't even have a simple discussion without name calling – all in all – no better than what you say republicans are doing. the pot calling the kettle black. grow up!

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Walter - Nazareth, PA

    You have all been fooled by yet another Democratic smooth talker. I just hope that I am not in a position to say "I told you so" in a few years.

    The bottom line is that this country just elected one of the least experienced presidents who has questionable ties & relationships whose policies of change are going to limit our freedoms and make us more dependant on the government for our day to day needs.

    It's all very disturbing to me. I am sure the reaction to this post will be several additional posts calling me stupid, racist etc. That is just a reflection of the maturity and intelligence on your side.

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Mack

    Has anything coming from the mouth's of Conservatives other than FEAR. Whoooo the Boggy-Man is going to change our lives as we know it.

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. j williamson

    The election's over Congressman – get over it and get over yourself!

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    And I certainly hope he was also spouting his dribble when Bush & chenny were and still are easedropping on the American people.

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Carlo

    This guy doesn't even understand that Hitler opposed marxism, nor does he understand that marxism doesn't even imply that you'll have a commuist russia style autocracy. I may not be from his state, or in a good position to make this kind of statement but:

    I here by call upon Rep Paul Broun to resign his post in the house of repersentitives. This man clearly doesn't understand the reasons why the Republican party was so defeated this election cycle. Further continued devisiveness of this kind can only lead to more public distrust with our federal government at a time when confidence comes at a premium and trust is virtually non-existant. This nation needs unity, it needs faith in it's leaders, it needs hope.

    Sir, for the good of this nation as well as your poltical party, please take leave of your post.

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Redneck from Kentucky

    Its amazing that we actually elect idiots like this to represent us in congress. Where do these guys come from?

    November 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Lee

    Notice he said this AFTER the election. What a coward.

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Michael


    "i'm sorry .." but not really! If I say it like this, will I have to apologize again? Wow, Georgia..... ???? regrets about this guy or what?!!
    " ... the possibility is there"................Hitler? Obama? LoL...... The far right just can't seem to accept the fact that the Majority of the American public made a choice...... and time will tell ... that is was a Great choice!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008-2016

    Come on Jan. 20th 2009!!!!

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. cheekbrown

    Paul Broun needs to stop hating and get a grip. Obama is the President-Elect. Period. Stop hating.

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Suzie

    Anyone got a shovel to hand to the Republicans?

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. martin sloan

    wow...all you left wing devilcrats are just soooo stupid. Obama is like hitler and its evident already...any of you pin heads read about his mind control techniques during the campaign speeches??
    You jerks constantly attach christianity and wonderful people like Sarah Palin, just proving the Bible correct " in the last days good will be seen as evil, and evil will be seen as good'. To see all you wicked devilcrats and your evil values only tells me that Jesus will be returning shortly to put you radicals where you belong!

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Anon

    It's a good thing he reps one of the most affluent districts in GA.

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Nola

    I was upset when I first read the comment by this jerk but over time I have decided that we should all feel sorry for him. He doesn't appear to know any better

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Mr. Consumer

    It comes down to this. Rich people are very afraid of someone taking away the things they own. The people (most of us) who are struggling would just like cheaper healthcare and world peace!

    Basically if the two types were in kindergarten, the Right Winger would scream and hit other children in fear of losing their blocks or someone coming to knock them over. The Liberal would share his blocks and then just cry when the Right Winger took them all.

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Proud American Smart Person

    People like this imbecile Broun are an embarrasment.

    I majored in German history and there is really nothing in Obama's statement that raises the spectre of a national security apparatus akin to Hitler's. Howver, the "anti-terror" measures and legalized torture taken under Bush and endorsed by mentally gifted GOP politicians like Broun seem much closer to the tactics of the Nazis and Stalin to me, but then again, I spent years studying this and can't see Russia from my house. . .

    November 12, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Mark

    Isn't it about time these republicans dig some holes and stick their heads in them?

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Adam

    The 'Obama thought police' were making a joke. Its sarcastic. It even broadcasts this by putting a little smiley face on the bottom. Use your brains, people.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. ang

    Who's the radical now, Rep. Broun? Glad to see we are still a democracy – with idiots on all sides of the political spectrum... Let's talk about Radical Christian Republicans and evolution, just for fun.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. party of five

    This comment is for cynical November 12 @ 10:50..
    You sound like a sore loser. Your party lost, get over it and be part of the solution not the problem...

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Dixon

    This is why the Republican Party lost in this election. You can spin anyone in to what ever you want them to be if you have a willing audience. I understand the reasoning behiond demonizing the enemy in war. How do you kill a friend? It is sad we have to demonize our own citizens just to be elected. This guy knows what he was doing and his only concern was his party drove this country in a ditch and he had to scare voters with this.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. LAYLA

    This guy is from GA, this explains it all.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Peter in New Mexico

    One word to Rep. Paul Broun. "IDIOT"

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. MLH

    This guy belongs to the party whose president and administration has been responsible for some of the most egregious inroads on our civil liberties, and he is worried about the kind of problem we 'might' have with President Elect Obama? Moron.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Mike W.

    The thing that makes the least sense is the actual substance of his comparisons. Hitler was obviously not a Marxist in the first place. Also, Hilter was an arch-conservative. It's amazing that a U.S. Congressman doesn't know anything about history. Wake up Broun, you're an idiot.

    November 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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