Dem Activist Compared GOP Gov. to Nazis, Dubbed Fight Against Tea Party a ‘Civil War’

Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind


A prominent Democratic activist in 2012 compared Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to a Nazi, according to a newly released book.

Leonard Zeskind, president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, called Brownback "‘Gov. Brownshirt,’ and called the liberal struggle against the tea party a ‘second civil war,’" according to Politico reporter Ken Vogel.

Zeskind made the comments at a post-election gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive liberal dark money outfit. Vogel attributed the anecdote, relayed in his new book Big Money, to "sources who were there."

Zeskind has made a career of calling out supposed "hate speech," including anti-Semitic comments, by the political right.

"Asked later about the irony of his own inflammatory rhetoric, he responded, ‘Oh, please!’ but did not challenge this characterization of his DA presentation," Vogel reported.