Hillary Clinton Compares Putin to Hitler

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Hillary Clinton, speaking Tuesday at a fundraiser in California, compared the recent actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin to those of Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War II. Her remarks were first reported by Buzzfeed.

According to one attendee, Clinton “talked at length on the situation in the Ukraine” and “compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries.” The attendee, newspaper editor Harry Saltzgaver, added, “She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”

Another attendee said Clinton “talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia. And that it was destabilizing.”

The Long Beach Press Telegram reported that Clinton explained, “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s. All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

According to Buzzfeed, Clinton did not offer specific policy suggestions for the situation but expressed faith in Secretary of State John Kerry. Clinton has generally shied from making statements on foreign policy issues since she left her post as secretary of state last year.

The $1,500-per-plate fundraiser was held for the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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