So, this just happened.

During today's high-stakes trade debate in Congress, a lawmaker apparently got so heated and "enraged with the duplicity" he was hearing that he … made a Nazi reference.

"Some of the crazy things I'm seeing put out in the media by big labor," said Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), "the willingness to make up stories, to make up facts -- Goebbels would be proud of them."

Schweikert compared labor unions, who really hate President Obama's trade deals at the center of the debate, to Joseph Goebbels, the Reich minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany.

Schweikert finished his anti-labor-Nazi-comparison-speech with a warning: "Be careful that we're not getting conned by made-up stories."

Or, the Nazis.


For reference, here are some more times members of Congress have deemed Goebbels "proud" of the team on the other side of the aisle:

Most famously, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said this in 2011 when asked about a Pew poll showing Americans blame Republicans more than Democrats for gridlock:

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine. I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”

Also in 2011 (big year for Goebbels in Congress apparently), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said Republicans who were attacking Obamacare reminded him of the Nazi propagandist:

"They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie. Just like Goebbels; you say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust. You tell a lie over and over again. And we’ve heard it on this floor; government takeover of health care."

And on the Senate floor in February of this year, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) made the comparison to Russia's invasion of Ukraine:

"Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda chief, invented the “big lie” theory that Putin is using to great effect. Hitler famously said that many people tell small lies, but few have the guts to tell really big ones, and when they do and the lies are repeated over and over, they become a new truth. Tragically, I believe we are at that stage in the Ukraine crisis."

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