In an exclusive interview on NBC's Today Show Tuesday morning, Joe McGinniss charged his new next-door neighbor in Wasilla Sarah Palin with unleashing "the hounds of hell" and exercising a "Nazi"-like tactic amid controversy over the author's decision to relocate in such close proximity to the ex-Alaska governor who happens to be the subject of his upcoming book.
"The power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it... She has pushed a button and unleashed the hounds of hell and now that they're out there slavering, and barking and growling," McGinniss told NBC's Matt Lauer. "And that's the same kind of tactic, and I'm not calling her a Nazi, but that's the same kind of tactic that the Nazi troopers used in Germany in the '30s and I don't think there's any place for it America."
McGinniss' harsh remarks come on the heels of the author receiving "thousands of angry emails and a few death threats" in response to his temporary move to Alaska.
In response to critics who have called McGinniss "creepy" for moving next-door to Palin, the author fired back by slapping the very same label on the ex-governor.
"If I lived here and did something creepy, if I did what Sarah Palin is suggesting, that would be creepy," McGinniss said. "I'm not observing them at all. I don't care what they do in the privacy of their own home. I'm here to talk to people who have known them for 40 years in Wasilla."
Last week, Palin took to her Facebook page to post a picture of McGinniss along with a message questioning his character. "Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?" the ex-governor wrote.
When McGinniss was asked how he'd feel if his and Palin's roles were reversed in the situation, the author had this to say: "I would go over and shake hands and give them a plate of cookies and say 'Welcome to the neighborhood.'"
WATCH: Joe McGinniss on Today
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