A Republican congressman quoted from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to accuse Democrats and the news media of pushing a “big lie” over the special counsel investigation.
“For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies — CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and countless others — have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history,” Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said on Monday.
The congressman’s speech came after special counsel Robert Mueller notified the Justice Department last week that he has concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Monday, Brooks said that the accusations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia are “nothing but a ‘big lie.’”
“In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered ‘big lie’ propaganda to maximum, and deadly, effect,” Brooks said on the House floor Monday.
“Quote, in the big lie, there is always a certain force of credibility because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus, in the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie,” Brooks said, quoting from James Murphy’s English translation of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”
“Who is this ‘big lie’ master?” Brooks said before identifying the quote’s author as “socialist Adolf Hitler.”
“When it comes to big lie political propaganda in America, as the Mueller report confirms, America’s socialists and their fake news media allies are experts and have no peers,” Brooks went on to argue.
By emphasizing the word “socialist,” he appeared to try to draw an association between Democratic socialists and the Nazi Party, or the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The Nazis, however, weren’t socialists, and the party’s violent promotion of racism and anti-Semitism is not comparable with the modern Democratic Party of the United States.
The “big lie” is a reference to the anti-Semitic accusation, propagated by Hitler, that German Jews blamed an anti-Semitic German general for the nation’s loss in World War I.
CNN has reached out to Brooks’ office for comment.
Mueller did not find Trump’s campaign or associates conspired with Russia, Attorney General William Barr said Sunday. Mueller’s investigation of whether the President committed obstruction of justice did not conclude the President committed a crime, but it also “does not exonerate him,” Barr quoted from Mueller’s report.
Barr explained in a summary to Congress about the investigation that after reviewing Mueller’s report and consulting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he concluded that based on the evidence developed during the special counsel’s investigation and federal charging guidelines, the Justice Department couldn’t make a prosecutable case against the President for obstruction. And that conclusion was reached without regard to the Department’s generally recognized policy of not indicting a sitting president.
CNN’s Eli Watkins contributed to this report.