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GOP official compares current U.S. economy to Nazi Germany

 A portrait of Nazi criminal Adolf Hitler is pictured during a press preview of 'Hitler and the Germans Nation and Crime'
A portrait of Nazi criminal Adolf Hitler is pictured during a press preview of 'Hitler and the Germans Nation and Crime'
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There is an unwritten rule in the world of politics - don't compare anything to Hitler or Nazi Germany.

The unwritten rule, which seems to be violated often, was broken once again in the state of Indiana. Speaking at the Indiana Republican Convention in Fort Wayne on Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock spoke about the current U.S. economy and claimed that it resembled the economy of Germany during the years Adolf Hitler was in charge.

"The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute...And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt...

Over the next several years, every time a program began to fall apart, Mr. Hitler's party was very, very good at dividing Germany by pointing to this group or that group...First they went after their political opponents. Then they went after the aristocrats. Then they went after the trade unionists. And ultimately of course they went after the Jews. They deprived them of their property, their rights, their citizenship, and for millions their humanity. Because they were bankrupt!"

To his credit, Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence spoke out against Mourdock's comments. Richard Mourdock ran for a Senate seat in 2012, but was defeated by Democrat challenger Joe Donnelly.