Another Hitler reference at DNC

September 4, 2012

Again?

Pat Lehman of the Kansas Delegation said to the Wichita Eagle about Republicans' voter fraud claims: "It's like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you."

Her comment echoes that of California Democratic Chairman John Burton, who told a group of delegates Monday, "They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it." He left Charlotte Monday for a "previously scheduled" root canal.

For the record, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was actually talking about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill when he espoused the theory of the "big lie," writing, "The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous." Hitler himself wrote in "Mein Kampf" that people "readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods." But he was talking about the Jews, not his own strategy. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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