Melania Trump: Husband is 'not Hitler,' reporter 'provoked' anti-semitic attacks

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  • "We know the truth. He's not Hitler," Melania Trump said about her husband
  • Trump also urged her supporters not to lash out against a GQ reporter who wrote a feature about her

Washington (CNN)Melania Trump on Tuesday defended her husband, Donald Trump, against a comparison between him and Adolf Hitler, arguing his campaign is about uniting the country.

Trump also said a GQ reporter who incurred anti-semitic harassment and threats following a profile of the presumptive Republican nominee's wife brought it on herself by penning the feature.
Asked about comedian Louis C.K.'s comment in March likening her husband to the German dictator, Trump reportedly stared blankly at a reporter, saying she didn't know who the comedian was.
    But, she said, "We know the truth. He's not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people. They think he doesn't but he does. Even with the Muslims, it's temporary," Trump told "Maybe he needs to say it in a softer way. He doesn't go after religions. He feels like we need to know who's coming to this country. If not, we don't have a country. That's how he feels. We see how he is, and he wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back."
    Trump also urged her supporters not to lash out against reporter Julia Ioffe, who was targeted by Trump supporters with anti-semitic remarks after writing an in-depth profile of Melania Trump.
    "I don't control my fans," Trump told the site. "But I don't agree with what they're doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them."