Republican Jewish Coalition: House Should Censure Hank Johnson for Comparing Trump to Hitler

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January 2, 2019

The Republican Jewish Coalition slammed Democratic congressman Hank Johnson (Ga.) for comparing President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during a speech in his home state of Georgia on Tuesday.

Johnson, who the Washington Free Beacon caught comparing Jewish people to termites during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, made numerous comparisons between Trump and the Nazi leader.

"Much like how Hitler took over the Nazi party, Trump has taken over the Republican Party," Johnson said in remarks posted online by the NAACP.

"Hitler was accepting of violence towards the achievement of political objectives," Johnson added. "Trump encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies."

"Americans, particularly black Americans, can't afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump," he also said.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the RJC, said Johnson should be censured by his colleagues in the House for the Hitler comparison, which he called "unconscionable."

"Johnson continues to demonstrate his defective understanding of reality with his latest outburst," Brooks said. "His remarks about President Trump are unconscionable."

"The House of Representatives should hold Johnson accountable for his words by censuring him when the new Congress convenes this week," Brooks said.

Brooks recounted Johnson's comments comparing Jewish settlers in Israel to termites, calling him "a master of offensive remarks" and "an embarrassment to the people of Georgia."

Brooks also pointed to the fact that Johnson "worried aloud during a House Armed Services Committee hearing in 2010 that the island of Guam might become 'so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,'" as further evidence of "his defective understanding of reality."

Johnson has represented Georgia in the House since 2007.