House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn took aim at President Trump on Sunday, comparing him to Hitler. In an interview with Axios, the top-ranking African American in American politics stated that President Donald Trump is a racist who could make the U.S. “go the way of Germany in the 1930s.”
Clyburn compared Republicans’ coalescing around Trump to Nazis supporting Hitler amid his rise to power. He argued that Trump told more than 30 lies during his State of the Union address this year.
Trump’s State of the Union address, delivered Feb. 4, discussed the coronavirus threat, which many Americans were unaware of at that point. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripped up the speech when he finished.
“Fully half of those lies, the Republican side of the House stood up and cheered they knew that was not true. But they cheered him on,” Clyburn said, before continuing his comparison to Nazi Germany.
“I really believe that the people of Germany knew Adolf Hitler was lying,” he said. “And before they knew it, they no longer had a chancellor but a dictator. Anything that’s happened before can happen again.”
Clyburn recently made headlines with an endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination, ahead of his South Carolina primary win late last month.
The highest-ranking African American in Congress urged Biden last week to pick a black woman as his running mate to “reward” them for loyalty to the Democratic Party if he is its presidential nominee.
During Sunday’s interview, Clyburn reiterated his stance.
“I’ll never tell you who I’m going to advise him,” Clyburn said in the interview, “but I would advise him that we need to have a woman on the ticket, and I prefer an African American woman.”