County GOP in Minnesota shares image comparing Sanders to Hitler

Stefani Reynolds

The Clay County Republican Party of Minnesota shared a post late Friday evening comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The post which has since been deleted, compares several platforms of the two that the party says Sanders and Hitler share with the caption, “Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat its mistakes.”

{mosads}The county GOP says both Hitler and Sanders, who is Jewish, proposed gun control, promised a political revolution, called themselves socialists, wanted a heavily regulated economy and more.

The Clay County Republican Party said the post was “wrong” and was shared by a volunteer.

“The recent post that was shared by a volunteer on the Facebook page for the Clay County Republican Party has been taken down. Whether it’s the Democrats comparing Donald Trump to Hitler or Republicans comparing Bernie Sanders to Hitler, it is wrong, stupid, and inappropriate. We sincerely apologize,” the party said in a statement to The Hill.


The Minnesota branch of the group Jewish Community Action slammed the post as “ridiculous” and “offensive.”


Sanders is one of nearly a dozen Democrats who have declared they are running for president or have suggested they intend to do so. He is the only Jewish candidate so far to throw his hat in the ring.

The Vermont Independent first rose to national prominence in 2016 with his insurgent primary bid against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which electrified the progressive base. He was the first Jewish candidate of a major party to win a state primary. 

He has pushed progressive ideas such as “Medicare for all” and free public college into the mainstream.

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