Howard Dean likens Trump to Hitler in talk to Rapp Democrats

‘Adolf Hitler came to power with fewer per­cent­ages of votes than Don­ald Trump’

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Mccaslin

Lit­tle did Rap­pa­han­nock County Democrats re­al­ize they’d be hear­ing from one­time pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Howard Dean while at­tend­ing a Sun­day af­ter­noon fundraiser in Slate Mills for lo­cal con­gres­sional can­di­date Leslie Cockburn.

Yet when ad­dress­ing the out­door crowd of sup­port­ers on speak­er­phone, the for­mer five-term Ver­mont gover­nor and Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man from 2005 to 2009 didn’t con­cen­trate so much on Vir­ginia’s 5th district con­gres­sional race as he did the psy­cho­log­i­cal state of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Just weeks after Dean, a physi­cian, told MSNBC that he’s “long be­lieved the pres­i­dent is men­tally ill,” he warned his Rap­pa­han­nock au­di­ence that Trump’s rise to power has sim­i­lar­i­ties to Adolf Hitler's and it should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“We all com­plain about Trump be­cause he is clearly un­fit to be pres­i­dent,” Dean stated. “The dan­ger­ous thing about Trump is that he has set a tone for this kind of [Jewish synagogue shoot­ing] that hap­pened yes­ter­day in Pitts­burgh, and the kinds of things that hap­pened in the su­per­mar­ket lot in Ken­tucky be­cause [the shooter] couldn’t get into a black church, so he shot ran­domly at black peo­ple in the park­ing lot.”

The for­mer DNC chair­man then com­pared Trump to Hitler, the Nazi Party leader who rose to power as Ger­man chan­cel­lor in 1933 and fuhrer one year later.

“What’s at stake here is not about Leslie, it’s about the fu­ture of the United States of Amer­ica,” Dean stressed. “And I’m not kid­ding, Adolf Hitler came to power with fewer per­cent­ages of votes than Don­ald Trump got.

“And the big prob­lem with Hitler is peo­ple didn’t dare stand up to him. And he bam­boo­zled them and he pushed them around. And the peo­ple who were sen­si­ble, and thought­ful and de­cent . . . lost their lives, there weren’t enough of them who stood up,” Dean said. “We are all in this to­gether and the stakes are ab­so­lutely enor­mous.”

In the ab­sence of Repub­li­cans stand­ing up to Trump on Capi­tol Hill, the for­mer gover­nor, who had sought the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion in the 2004 pres­i­den­tial election, said it is now up to the vot­ers to take on the pres­i­dent by send­ing him a clear mes­sage in th­ese midterm elec­tions.

“This coun­try is a great coun­try when Repub­li­cans can be on the right side — not nec­es­sar­ily with the is­sues, be­cause we know we’re not go­ing to agree with them — but to be on the right side of de­cency and moral­ity,” Dean said. “Ron­ald Rea­gan wouldn’t have put up with this. Ron­ald Rea­gan stood up and de­nounced this kind of stuff.”

He con­cluded: “We are in an ab­so­lute dog fight for the fu­ture of the coun­try here, and that is not an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. We’ve got two elec­tions to get this right and if we don’t get this election right it’s go­ing to be pretty hard to build for the next one. This is a strug­gle for the soul of our democ­racy . . .

“Amer­ica for all of our faults has al­ways been a bea­con for what is right, or at least what we try to make right. And that’s what this election is about,” Dean said. “This is an election that you can do some­thing about.”

John Kiser, who with his wife Pam hosted the fundrais­ing re­cep­tion for Cockburn, told the Rap­pa­han­nock News that he’d ar­ranged be­fore­hand for the for­mer Ver­mont gover­nor to phone in to the event. Cockburn is running neck and neck against GOP can­di­date Den­ver Rig­gle­man in the race for the 5th district con­gres­sional seat, be­ing va­cated by Rep. Tom Gar­rett, a Repub­li­can.

BY JOHN MCCASLIN

Rap­pa­han­nock-based con­gres­sional can­di­date Leslie Cockburn (left) is handed a tele­phone by fundraiser re­cep­tion host John Kiser, who said he had ar­ranged for for­mer pres­i­den­tial hope­ful and Ver­mont Gov. Howard Dean to call in and ad­dress the can­di­date's sup­port­ers. Stand­ing be­hind Kiser is his wife, Pam.

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