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Dem Rep. on Trump Calling Himself a Nationalist: Reminds Me of Rhetoric ‘That Came from People Like Hitler’

Last night during his Texas rally, President Donald Trump proudly called himself a “nationalist.” And Congressman Gregory Meeks (D- NY) said on CNN this afternoon the President is engaging in “dangerous language.”

“It reminds me of the kinds of words that came from people like Hitler,” he told Wolf Blitzer, “who thought that in Germany, he was a nationalist. And the kinds of people that this president seems to like, those who are repressive dictators, those are the individuals that generally use that kind of phrase and those kinds of words.”

Blitzer followed up on that and said, “Well, I just want to be precise, congressman. You’re making a comparison between the President of the United States and Hitler. And I want you to explain exactly what you mean. Because obviously this is controversial.”

Meeks responded:

“Well, what I’m saying is that using the word of nationalism and a nationalist, meaning that, you know, when you look into Hitler, he was talking about German for the Germans and that’s it and anyone else was again them. And so it seems as though that this president is saying that it is, you know, only about Americans and Americans above anything and anyone else and that is a dangerous precedent. That’s what I’m saying.”

When Blitzer again explicitly asked him if he sees parallels between “what the President is saying as compared to what Hitler was doing back in the 30s,” Meeks said, “No, I said what Hitler was saying.”

“I’m saying that that language that the president is utilizing is a very dangerous language that we must be very cautious about,” he continued. “And I would advise the President that he should not because when you look at what makes up America, it’s many nationalities and many people from all over the world because it is immigrants that have made this country great and those that were enslaved in America. And we don’t want to go back to that ugly past and we don’t want to go back to those kind of tendencies. That’s not who we are as Americans.”

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