Politics can be pretty vicious sometimes, so it’s really heartwarming when we find a rare instance of agreement between the parties. Remember 9/11, when the entire nation joined together to denounce terrorism and collectively grieve? Or V-J Day, when Republicans and Democrats joined together to celebrate the end of World War II and memorialized it by sexually assaulting a random nurse on the street (whatever, it was a big day, we’ll let it slide)?
Well, dust off your party pants, because today is also one of those rare occasions when Republicans and Democrats agree on something. Gone are the days when only Republicans resorted to calling the Democrats Nazis. The trend has now gone bipartisan.
In an interview with San Francisco station KCBS, John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party compared Republican tactics during the presidential campaign to the “big lie” strategy famously employed by Nazi propagandists. Burton said the Republicans lie and don’t care whether people know they lie and that “[a]s long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it.” Goebbels was the chief of Nazi propaganda for Adolf Hitler, who famously said that the “big lie” had a greater chance of being believed.
Yes, the GOP has put forth some pretty big lies. But there are “Obama got rid of the welfare work requirement” lies, and then there are “Hey, the Jews are terrible, let’s go massacre them” lies. Apparently, it needs to be said: these two things are not the same.
So let’s go over this one last time, politicians. Unless a candidate is literally advocating in favor of the genocide of an entire (post-birth) subset of the population, IT IS NOT COMPARABLE TO THE HOLOCAUST. Just go ahead and put “comparing things to the Holocaust” on your Not-To-Do List, right next to “impregnating a crazy woman who is not your cancer-riddled wife” and “publicly denouncing same-sex marriage while trolling Craigslist for some hot man-on-man action.” These things never end well.
Another bipartisan trend? The “I’m sorry if you’re offended” non-apology. Today, Burton released a statement non-apologizing for his remarks:
“If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie — I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.”