Texas Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) issued an apology on Tuesday after writing a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama for not attending the historic anti-terrorism rally in Paris over the weekend.
Weber's tweet read:
“I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet," a statement released by Weber's office Tuesday read. "It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate."
"The terrorist attacks in Paris should remind us of the evil that still exists. Hitler was the face of evil, perpetrating genocide against six million Jews and millions of other victims," Weber's statement continued. "Today, we are facing the evil of Islamic extremists who are attempting to instill fear and murdering the lives of innocent people from Paris to Nigeria to Jerusalem and all over the world. The President’s actions or lack thereof is my point of contention. Islamic extremists have shown they are not going away, and instead are hungry for more blood."
Weber concluded by reiterating the importance of "[uniting] and [standing] strong together against radical extremism in any form."
You can read Weber's complete statement here.