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The Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff came under fire Wednesday after he compared the rhetoric of parents that spoke out at school board meetings against woke ideologies to the type of hate that was promoted by Nazis during the Holocaust.

In a discussion last week with Vice President Kamala Harris’s former aide Symone Sanders, Emhoff recounted the time he met a Ukrainian Holocaust survivor-turned-Ukrainian war veteran residing in Berlin.

“We need to support [refugees]. I met one woman who was saved in the Holocaust in Germany, settled in Ukraine, and is now a refugee again back in Berlin where she originally left as a Jew in the Holocaust,” Emhoff would recount.

Emhoff would continue this line of thinking, stating, “Hate is interconnected. You see it in the discourse in the country right now. You see it in the divide that we have. Just going to school meetings, you see that hate that is out there. We’ve got to step up and speak out. And we’ve got to call out the cowards out there.”


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This is not the first time that comparisons between the current state of the United States and Nazi Germany have been tossed around. Last November, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), doubled down on a claim he made comparing the current state of the United States to Germany in the years leading up to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis; stating that the US is, “on track to repeat what happened in Germany.”

“The facts are very clear,” Clyburn told ‘Fox News Sunday’ host Shannon Bream. “I’ve studied history all of my life. I’ve taught history. And I’m telling you, what I see here are parallels to what the history was in this world back in the 1930s in Germany, in Italy.”

Bream would follow up by asking Clyburn if his statement means that not voting for Democrats means voting for something similar to the rise of Hitler. Clyburn would backtrack and state that his statement did not apply to everyone who did not vote Democrat, just “election deniers” and “liars.”

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