Mo Brooks, a five-year-old Congressman from Alabama, quoted an anti-Semitic argument pushed by Adolf Hitler as he condemned the Democrats and the press for their "big lie" on talks during a Monday speech.
It seems that Brooks tried to draw parallels between President Donald Trump's critics and Nazis. But the language he used directly with reference to Mein Kampf instead placed himself, the president and his party as the Nazis in his analogy and the democrats as the Jews – victims of a defense effort rooted in Nazi insistence on Jews were malicious liars.
Although the "great lie" is now considered a propaganda technique used by the Nazis – the propagation of a lie that is so vast, it is given credibility because of its mercy – the term was actually created by Hitler and his followers . The great lie, according to Hitler, was of treacherous Jews due to the violent anti-Semitic German genes Erich Ludendorff for Germany's defeat in the First World War. *
Brooks, who apparently thought to read from would book the similarities between Democrats and Nazis, quoted Hitler's Mein Kampf properly under the Republican response to lawyer William Barr's summary of Robert Mueller's report:
A "big lie" is a political propaganda technique that is famous by Germany's national socialist German workers' party, but more so later. For more than two years, Social Democrats and their fake news bulletins … have committed the greatest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history. Barr's summary of Mueller's report has publicly confirmed what many of us have known for a long time: The allegations of talks between President Trump and Russia in the 2016 elections are nothing but a big lie. …
The Mueller report confirms President Trump and his 2016 campaign from the socialist, groundless, ruthless and fake big lies about Russian cooperation. … Social Democrats and their fake news media allies were shameless, shameless in their great lie-scams that have inspired hatred of President Trump and violence against Americans who support America's basic principles. If socialists in the fake news media had any honor, they would cleanse their souls and zone for their sins. … More likely, however, they will double and propagate even greater lies because doubling is crucial for large onion theory. In that vein, I quote from another socialist who mastered great ligand propaganda to a maximum and deadly effect.
Brooks then began directly quote from the 10th chapter of the first volume of Hitler's autobiography and read a full length of excerpt that began:
In the big lie there is always some strength of credibility; because a nation's broad masses are always more easily damaged in the deeper layers of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; And thus, in their primary simplicity, the lighter victims of the great lie fall than the little lie.
With the drama of a great revelation, Brooks concluded:
Who is this great lie master? This quote was in 1925 by a member of Germany's national socialist German workers' party – it is true, Germany's socialist party – more commonly known as the Nazis. The author was Socialist Adolf Hitler, in his book Mein Kampf . Sir. President, America can either learn from history or be doomed to repeat it. When it comes to great lie political propaganda in America, as the Mueller report confirms, American socialists and their fake news media are allied experts and have no companions. Whether America has to reject their big lies or succumb to the danger that lurks and terrible injuries that result.
Brooks is not the first Republican false to describe the Nazis, a fascist and right-wing political party, as a socialist, leftist, and many in the GOP have gone out of their way to underline the "socialist" part of the party's name.
And that's not the first time Brooks has made historically questionable and racist claims about a group of people. He has compared border crossings from Latin American immigrants to Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and he has accused the Democratic Party of launching a "White War".
Correction, March 26, 2019: This post originally spelled Erich Ludendorff's surname.