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Hillary Clinton: I’m Not Comparing Putin to Hitler, But…

During an appearance at the third annual Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership at UCLA in Los Angeles, California Wednesday, Hillary Clinton attempted to clarify some comments she made about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler the day before at a Long Beach fundraiser.

“What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had protect the Russia minorities,” Clinton explained during a question-and-answer session Wednesday, “and that is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, and elsewhere throughout Europe.”

“So I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective,” Clinton continued. “I’m not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”

In her speech to the audience in attendance, Clinton referred to Putin as a “tough guy with a thin skin” whose goal is the “re-Sovietize Russia’s periphery. But in the process, she added, “he is squandering the potential of such a great nation — the nation of Russia — and threatening instability and even the peace of Europe.”

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