Finally, a Congressman Makes an Obama-Hitler Analogy

Randy Weber, professional tweeter.

Representative Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Mississippi, left, and Representative Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, leave the U.S. Capitol following a budget deal vote in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Representative Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Mississippi, left, and Representative Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, leave the U.S. Capitol following a budget deal vote in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Texas Representative Randy Weber was elected in 2012 to fill the vacant seat of Ron Paul. He showed some early promise as a candidate for "Republican Lawmaker," a legendary (and Web traffic-friendly) figure whom people can't believe is actually in Congress. But not until the 114th Congress, bereft of Michele Bachmann, Paul Brown and Steve Stockman, did Weber find his bliss.

https://twitter.com/TXRandy14/status/554825846725541888

Twitter, which has alternately mocked Weber and asked whether he is a real congressman (he is, and he voted against John Boehner for speaker), had some fun with the congressman's spelling of "Adolf." That's not inherently ridiculous; the Anglicized spelling of the German dictator's name was commonly used in the 1930s. It makes more sense than the analogy, as Hitler was interested in Paris because he wanted to knock France out of the war and create a puppet state while he focused on land conquests in eastern Europe. Obama has—so far—hinted at no similar territorial ambitions.

For the record, it took six days for a member of the 114th Congress to compare the president to Hitler. The 111th Congress hadn't even been gaveled in when a member (Broun) did this. To be fair to Weber, though, he was quicker on the Obama-dictator draw in 2015 than he'd been in 2014.

https://twitter.com/TXRandy14/status/428334051595132928

Update, Jan. 13: Weber apologized Tuesday. “It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler,” he said in a statement.

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