South Carolina Dem chair compares Haley to Hitler mistress

September 5, 2012

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian compared his state's Republican governor, Nikki Haley, to Eva Braun, the longtime mistress of Adolf Hitler. The Coumbia State:

...Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.

On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: “She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.”

Harpootlian is not the first (or even the second) Democrat this week to make a Nazi reference involving Republicans. Pat Lehman of the Kansas delegation and California Democratic Chairman John Burton each did it earlier this week. Harpootlian has a history of making controversial statements. 

“President Obama has called for civility in American politics,” said former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman, who is a co-chairman of the Mitt Romney campaign's Jewish Coalition. “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.”

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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