On ABC’s This Week today, Sen. Bernie Sanders denied that he had compared Donald Trump’s statements about Muslims to the rhetoric used by Adolf Hitler to drum up hatred of Jews in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The Socialist candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination was asked by ABC host George Stephanopoulos whether he really was “comparing Trump to Hitler.”
Sanders said that some of his father’s relatives were murdered in the genocide unleashed by Germany’s National Socialist government. He said at a town hall meeting in Milwaukee last night that he understands “what a lunatic can do in bringing up racial hatred, and we’re not gonna allow that to take place in this country.”
The Vermont senator said that he is cognizant of the fears he says Muslims have about Trump’s rhetoric, adding that he “stop this type of hatred and hate talk.” However, he stopped short of drawing any comparisons to Germany’s genocidal government of the 1930s and 1940s.
Sanders has, however, referred to Trump as a “nutcase” as well as other epithets in the past.
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