A Democratic congressional candidate in New York was caught on camera during a primary forum earlier this year saying he was motivated to run for office because of the “parallels” between President Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler.
In the video, Perry Gershon speaks about a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington during the 2016 presidential race, then disrespects 6 million Jewish victims by likening the election of Trump to Hitler’s rise before World War Two.
It also “downplays [the] murderous rise of Hitler,” as noted in the caption of the clip shared by Wired Sources.
“I was struck by the parallels between the rise of Donald Trump today and the rise of Hitler back then,” the Democrat said. “And I just said to myself that we have to stand up and make sure this doesn’t happen in America.”
“When Trump won, I just said, we — or I as a person — need to step up and fight back,” he added. “And we all as people, Democrats, but also Americans, need to step up and fight this wave of what could be authoritarianism.”
“If you look at what’s happened recently, it’s sure seeming to go that way,” Gershon concluded. “So I decided the best way I could fight the battle is to challenge [Rep.] Lee Zeldin for the office.”
Zeldin is the Republican incumbent in New York’s 1st congressional district, which has been rated as “likely Republican” by The Cook Political Report.
The Republican Party of New York called Gershon’s remarks an “absolute outrage.”
For anyone, let alone @perrygershon (running for Congress), to repeatedly compare Hitler and the Nazis to @realDonaldTrump is an absolute outrage. This wasn't a slip of the tongue and no one should ever play politics by evoking the Holocaust. https://t.co/0me0zFdh1p
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) July 25, 2018
The reaction online suggested that Democrats like Gershon are just as clueless about history as they are about how to run a country.
Historical ignorance is a dangerous thing.
— Barry Duren (@duncansooner) July 27, 2018
The fact that person can FREELY say those kinds of absurdities Fully demonstrates the fallacy of his argument. In 1930’s Germany he could not have said it.
— Dan Abramovitz (@danabram) July 27, 2018
All the sheep let him go unchecked? Wow! Wish I was there.
— Jim Ledsome (@Rochesterhomes) July 27, 2018
And not one person there said anything! This is just plain wrong!
— Divergirl169 (@divergirl169) July 27, 2018
The madness….,sounds like the candidate failed to attend history lessons when at school
— hopeful (@LeBomber05) July 27, 2018
— Christopher Long (@OctaneBoy) July 27, 2018
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