Lawmaker Compares Abraham Lincoln to Adolph Hitler
The name that seems to be on everyone’s tongue this week is Adolph Hitler. First, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer compared Bashar al Assad to the German dictator and yesterday a North Carolina lawmaker compared Abraham Lincoln to Hitler. Larry Pittman, a Republican Assemblyman who supports new efforts to make same sex marriage illegal, made the comment on his Facebook wall. The assemblyman was responding to a constituent who was telling him to “get over it” when it comes to the legality of same sex marriage.
Pittman responded to the comment with, “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.”
Democrats respond to comparison between Abraham Lincoln and Adolph Hitler.
Democrats in the state were quick to criticize the Facebook comments. Democratic Party Chairman, Wayne Goodwin issued the following statement, “Representative Pittman and his ultra-conservative allies in the General Assembly have no sense of decency, no sense of shame and no sense of historical fact. I call on North Carolina’s Republican leaders to immediately condemn these outrageous and offensive statements.”
The North Carolina lawmaker recently sponsored a bill to make it illegal for same sex couples to marry in the state. The speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Tim Moore, issued a statement about the controversial legislation. In it, he said, “There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard.”
While it is unclear what will happen with this bill, the state has already come under fire for other actions that have been seen as homophobic. Last year, they had passed and then repealed a bill that dictated people use the restrooms of the gender they were born, not how they identify. Multiple states banned travel to North Carolina and the state lost a lot of business due to the bill.
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