A North Carolina lawmaker is under fire after comparing Abraham Lincoln and Adolph Hitler in a Facebook post.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer found himself at the center of controversy earlier this week after he compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler, claiming that even someone as “despicable” as the infamous dictator “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
Social media exploded in the wake of those remarks with notable individuals such as Chelsea Clinton weighing in on his remarks and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi posting an official statement on Twitter demanding that Trump “immediately disavow his spokesman’s statement” and calling for his immediate dismissal. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect got involved as well, posting a series of tweets condemning Spicer’s remarks and calling for his immediate termination.
One would think that Republicans would exercise a little more caution in the wake of that firestorm, but it seems that doesn’t apply to North Carolina State Representative Larry Pittman who put up a post on his Facebook page on Thursday claiming that President Abraham Lincoln was “tyrant” just like Adolf Hitler.
As NBC News reports, “Pittman made the comparison while responding to critics Wednesday who were blasting him for pushing a bill that would have restored North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Time elaborated, reporting that one Facebook user wrote that: “You aren’t fit to hold public office in the United States of America if you don’t respect the Supreme Court and the Constitution.”
Pittman responded: “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
Local NBC affiliate WRAL-TV wrote a scathing editorial piece, writing – in part – that:
At a time when much of the nation is celebrating religious holidays of redemption and resurrection – and reflecting on tragedies like the Holocaust of World War II and Adolph Hitler’s effort to exterminate Jews from the planet – Pittman’s hateful remarks are particularly ill-timed and even more reprehensible.
It is insulting and degrading to the memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Civil War, our nation’s most bloody conflict.
Writing that: “If Pittman doesn’t make that full and public apology, the legislative leadership, his fellow legislators and the leaders of his political party should demand he resign his seat,” WRAL-TV concluded their op-ed writing that:
Pittman has besmirched the name and reputation of the people he represents, the citizens of North Carolina and the General Assembly he has been granted the high privilege to serve in.
He might heed the words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
Larry Pittman is no representative of North Carolina. Shame on him and anyone who tolerates his hateful views.