Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

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Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler
Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

We’ve said it many times before on this blog and we’ll say it again today: politicians (and all public figures) should refrain from using horrific and/or extreme events from history as analogies when discussing current issues.

Not only does it trivialize the victims of those horrific historical events, they reveal the candidate who uses them as lazy, shallow and desperate for attention.  

The latest example comes from Marisha Agana, a Republican running in Ohio’s newly drawn 13th Congressional District.  She compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong yesterday in a tweet :

Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

The good news is she’s not getting away with it, thanks to social media.

 As Politico reported, a Reddit user flagged the tweet, and Facebook user Chris Knowlton demanded an apology on Agana’s page, writing:

You need to immediately apologize for comparing the President of the United States to Hitler. This is not how a person running for office behaves in this country. When you make these types of comments, you diminish the suffering of the Jewish people. 

Bravo Chris!

Then, when Twitter user Andrew Fleming attempted to flag her tweet to a local TV news station, Agana replied by clarifying she was referring to Obama’s pro-choice stand on abortion:

Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

Finally, she apologized today for her “poor choice of analogy” but reiterated that she was referring to the president’s pro-abortion stance:

Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

Agana is challenging incumbent Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the November 6 election.  Ryan is a frequent guest on The Ed Show, appearing as recently as May 16, 2012:

 

Republican faces social media firestorm after comparing Obama to Hitler

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