Romney camp to Dems: Stop ‘trivializing Nazism’

September 5, 2012

Through campaign co-chairman Norm Coleman, a former Minnesota senator, Mitt Romney's campaign has responded to various Democrats invocations of Nazism during the Democratic National Convention.

Two Democratic officials attending the convention have described Republican falsehoods by quoting Nazis -- one Hitler, one Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian then compared his state's governor, Nikki Haley, to Hitler girlfriend Eva Braun.

“Democratic Party officials need to cease and desist from comparing those with whom they disagree to Nazis," Coleman said in a statement. "The latest offender is Dick Harpootlian, the South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, whose outrageous words I will not repeat. In recent days, we’ve seen similarly disgraceful statements from a top Kansas Democratic delegate and from the chairman of the California Democratic Party. President Obama has called for civility in American politics. If his call is to be taken seriously, it’s time for the President to rein in those of his supporters and allies who are trivializing Nazism while also shamelessly trampling on the most basic rules of American political discourse.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 5, 2012