A psychology professor at South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas, was seemingly caught on video last month comparing the tea party to the Nazis of the 1930s in Germany.
He then told his students not to “tell anybody” about his remarks -- but one of his students had already started filming after he allegedly called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a "bastard" for using the name "Cruz" to win his election.
"In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people were kind of tired of them. They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now. They’ve won seats — they’re like the tea party! That’s such a good example," the professor said. "Don’t tell anybody I said that though."
He continued: "But in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there. That eventually people realized, 'Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,' 'These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.' I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy."
The student responsible for recording the comments, who asked to remain anonymous, identified the professor as Dr. Blake Armstrong. The video was recorded during a Nov. 17 class and uploaded on YouTube the same day:
The student told TheBlaze he recorded his professor because he feels strongly that "it's wrong for him to use his position as a soap box for his beliefs, especially with young, impressionable students."
"This semester, [Dr. Armstrong] insulted Republicans about three times before this video was recorded," he added. On this day, he called Sen. Ted Cruz a bastard for using the last name Cruz to win his election. I didn't know exactly what he meant, but I decided to start recording."
While the student said Armstrong's Nazi-tea party reference is the most "severe" rhetoric he's heard in the class so far, he argued "it's very easy to see that he has a vendetta against Republicans and religion with an emphasis on Christianity."
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