The chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party on Wednesday tossed out a reference to Adolph Hitler’s longtime mistress Eva Braun when discussing S.C. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina newspaper The State reported.
Dick Harpootlian made the comment in reference to Haley holding a news briefing in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. during the Democratic National Convention.
“She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun,” Harpootlian said during a delegation breakfast, according to The State.
The newspaper reported Harpootlian delivered other one-liners, including saying Republicans dislike education funding because “an educated population would not elect a Nikki Haley” and of former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s Argentina exploits: “Silly me, I thought he was just screwing us.”
The newspaper said that after Harpootlian made several cracks, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler stepped up to the podium next to him and said, “They called me up here to save you from yourself…or to save the rest of us.”
Harpootlian’s name may be familiar to conservatives, as he is a regular contributor on Fox News. According to his website, he also appears on CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.
His remark comes just days after the chairman of the California Democratic Party compared the Republican campaign strategy to that of chief Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. On Tuesday, a Kansas Democrat likened Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan to Hitler.