Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) attempted to deliver a dire warning about debt and deficits during a House floor address Friday. While doing so, however, he managed to spin a cautionary historical tale linking the current trend of spending to the Holocaust.
After claiming that ignoring what he depicted as the current budget crisis would cause Congress to "lose the country," Gohmert delved into his analysis of post-World War I Germany.
"And ultimately, as the country's economy collapsed, they became so desperate, they were willing to elect a little guy with a mustache who began to blame those of Jewish origin, leading to the worst holocaust in the history of mankind," Gohmert said. "What opened the door for this barbarian to take over such a proud country and lead them into this unthinkable, horrible crime against humanity?"
The congressman continued: "Over six million Jewish people were killed, exterminated. Economic problems, spending too much, owing too much, trying to print money to make it up didn't work, so they got desperate."
While certainly an extreme reach back into history, the Texas lawmaker is familiar with predicting apocalyptic circumstances for legislation he disagrees with.
According to Gohmert, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was going to threaten America's very existence, while the passage of a 2009 hate crimes bill was supposed to lead to the legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, bestiality and perhaps even Naziism.
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