Representative Mo. Brooks (R-Ala.) Went to the House on Monday to present President Trump's detractors as Nazis, but eventually dispelled them using a theory of anti-Semitic conspiracy drawn from Adolf's writings in extenso. Hitler.
We are in 2019 and the Führer's grand opus, "Mein Kampf", has become a game manual for political fighting in Congress, just as Trump calls the "anti-Jewish" democrats.
Brooks, a five-term Republican, has accused Democrats and the media of spreading a "big lie" about collusion. Hitler was the first to use this phrase to describe how Jews used their "unlimited ability to falsify" to blame a senior German military commander for the losses suffered by the country during the First World War. A lie could be so big, claimed Hitler, that he defied incredulity with perversity.
It was unclear whether Brooks understood that by accusing the "big lie," he had reversed his own analogy, making Democrats the equivalent of the German and Austrian Jews of the mid-twentieth century. wars. He undertook to compare the other side with the fascists, but it was he who used a fascist smear – a guy who, ironically, came to define Nazi propaganda.
"America can learn from history or be doomed to repeat it," warned Brooks.
A spokesman for the congressman did not answer a question from the Washington Post asking him to clarify his analysis.
In the Republican shootout emanating from Capitol Hill following a summary of a report authorizing President Trump to coordinate with Russia in the 2016 election, remarks by Brooks, 64, stood out. Notably thanks to his own promotional efforts: he uploaded a video of the five-minute speech on his YouTube page and retweeted coverage in Yellowhammer News, a conservative Alabama-based website.
Brooks began by saying: "A" big lie "is a political propaganda technique made famous by the German, German nationalist Socialist Workers Party, but we will come back to it later."
He put an extra emphasis on the word "socialist", who returned to the GOP's favorite boogeyman rank after the rise of a more virulent left flank of the Democratic Party.
It is true that the so-called "big lie" is an expression made famous by the Nazis, who are not socialists in the most significant sense of the term, despite the duck of having "national socialist" in the name of their party. But the accusation of the Nazi era gained popularity in the Third Reich because it had been deployed by Hitler and his supporters to portray the Jews as traitors to the German nation. The Nazi dictator used the term to blame the Jews for spreading the idea that the German general Erich Ludendorff, a notorious anti-Semite who had been Paul von Hindenburg's chief deputy, was responsible for the defeat of Germany during of the First World War.
"For over two years, socialist Democrats and their false media allies – CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and countless other people – have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con and scam. fraud of American history, "continued Brooks. , arguing that the findings of Attorney General William P. Barr have exposed the accusations of collusion as "nothing but a big lie".
He added that "if the socialists of these false media had the slightest honor, they would cleanse their souls and atone for their sins".
But he did not expect journalists to do it, because it is essential to redouble the ladder to reach a theory of lies.
Citing the 10th chapter of the first volume of "Mein Kampf," Brooks explained: "In this order of ideas, I quote another socialist who mastered the propaganda of great lies with maximum and deadly effect."
He added: "Quote:" In the big lie, there is always a certain credibility force because the broad masses of a country are always more easily corrupted in the deepest layers of their emotional nature than consciously or unwillingly. voluntarily, "he said.
Brooks said the words came from the "Socialist Adolf Hitler, in his book" Mein Kampf. "
In fact, this is what was done and the defamation of the Jews as a traitor was at the center of Hitler's worldview, but also of the Nazi war machine.
On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League called on Brooks to apologize for comparing the Democrats to the Nazis, without mentioning his decision to deploy the rhetoric of "Mein Kampf".
This speech was not the first time that Brooks invoked Hitler's account of his political ideology, which had been banned in Germany until the expiry of his copyright in 2015. Much of the text was dictated during his nine-month stay in Landsberg prison, where he was detained after his failure in the Beer Hall coup.
According to Al.com, Brooks likened Iran to Nazi Germany in a 2015 city hall, citing the illiberal policy practiced in Tehran as a reason why US diplomats should halt ongoing nuclear talks at that time. He asked his constituents, "Would not you like people before the Second World War to have read Mein Kampf, paid attention to it and prevented it from happening?
He also accused the Democrats of leading a "war against the whites".
Brooks, a lawyer, served at state and local level before he joined the national level in 2010. In 2017, he unsuccessfully applied for vacant Senate seat by Jeff Sessions, who became Attorney General. of Trump. The Republicans instead proposed Roy Moore, who was later charged with sexual behavior involving minors and lost the Democrats' special election Doug Jones.