Having employed the Terrifying Big Time Rapture Lie most of his adult life, Doomsday Mo tries his hand at secular scare tactics, and goofs it all up! Oh well!
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings.
It’s 2019, and the Führer’s magnum opus, “Mein Kampf,” has become a playbook for political combat in Congress, at the very moment that Trump is calling the Democrats “anti-Jewish. ”
Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.
It was unclear if Brooks grasped that by leveling charges of the “big lie,” he had inverted his own analogy, making Democrats the equivalent of interwar German and Austrian Jews. He set out to compare the other side to fascists, but he was the one employing a fascist smear — one that, ironically, came to define Nazi propaganda.
“America can either learn from history or be doomed to repeat it,” Brooks warned.
A spokesman for the congressman didn’t return a query from The Washington Post inviting him to elaborate on his analysis.
In the Republican fusillade issuing from Capitol Hill following the summary of a report clearing Trump of coordinating with Russia during the 2016 election, the remarks from Brooks, 64, stood out. Not least thanks to his own promotion efforts: He uploaded a video of the five-minute speech to his YouTube page and retweeted coverage in Yellowhammer News, a conservative website focused on Alabama.
His hands on the lectern, occasionally glancing up from notes, Brooks began: “A ‘big lie’ is a political propaganda technique made famous by Germany’s national socialist German workers’ party, but more on that later. ”
He placed extra emphasis on the word “socialist,” which has returned as the GOP’s favored boogeyman following the rise of a more vocal left-wing flank of the Democratic Party