In what seems to be a never-ending source of flubs, a West Virginia candidate for U.S. Senate joins the long list of politicians who’ve linked Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany with seemingly much more benign issues.
The culprit this time around? A recently enacted county ordinance and smoking ban requiring smoke-free stickers on certain buildings.
“…In Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County,” Raese said in recorded speech made available by Politico. “Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing.”
Following some questions, Raese issued a statement defending his analogy.
“No, this is not a standard line, nor a misstatement. It is a loss of freedom,” Raese told Politico. “As Ronald Reagan once said, there is no such thing as partial freedom, there is only freedom.”
Of course, there’s a clear difference between Hitler’s policy and that of Monongalia County.
Wearing the Star of David could get you shipped off to a death camp; not putting up a smoke-free sticker might get you a fine.