During a New Year's Day speech at a Georgia church, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) warned black Americans to recognize what he perceives as striking similarities between President Donald Trump and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Johnson was speaking to the congregation at Friendship Baptist Church in remembrance of the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. He compared Hitler's anti-Semitism to Trump's current rhetoric about illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Hitler did not start the Nazi party, but he took over the Nazi party with charisma and leadership. ... Much like how Hitler took over the Nazi party, Trump has taken over the Republican Party," Johnson said, as he attempted to draw comparisons between Trump's and Hitler's nationalist views.
Here are more of his comments:
"Americans, particularly black Americans, can't afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump."
"Hitler was accepting of violence towards the achievement of political objectives. Trump encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies, and his messaging about Charlottesville—that there were bad people on both sides—sent a powerful message of approval to the far right racists in America."
"Americans elected an authoritarian, an anti-immigrant, racist strongman to the nation's highest office. Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again followers...want to return America back to a time where white men and white privilege were unchallenged, and where minorities and women were in their place."
Johnson's extreme anti-Trump rhetoric may portend a near future in which House Democrats routinely attempt to investigate or undermine the president in coming years. The veteran representative is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee which is expected to lead investigations into Trump.