A Republican member of North Carolina’s House of Representatives on Wednesday compared President Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler and called the 16th president of the U.S. a “tyrant.”
Larry Pittman also blamed Lincoln for the U.S. Civil War, which he called “unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
The remarks appeared in the comments section of a Facebook post Pittman wrote last month. Pittman began arguing with commenters on a number of issues, including his support for a law to make the Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality “null and void” in North Carolina.
Pittman wrote this now-deleted post in one of his replies:
The comments drew swift rebuke, first within Pittman’s Facebook page and then well beyond.
“When American ultra-conservatives have come to believe beloved Abraham Lincoln is equivalent to Hitler, their politics have jumped the shark and gone from eye-rolling to dangerous for our democratic republic,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin wrote on his on Facebook page.
Pittman has made national news before, for cracking birther jokes about President Barack Obama and calling Planned Parenthood “murder for hire.”
Pittman has not yet addressed his own Hitler comments.
H/T Raw Story