CNN host Wolf Blitzer challenged Democratic presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) in an interview Monday for likening President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. O'Rourke stood by his comments and called it "the comparison of last resort."
"President Trump, perhaps inspired by Goebbels and the propagandists of the Third Reich, seems to employ this tactic that the bigger the lie, the more obscene the injustice, the more dizzying the pace of this bizarre behavior, the less likely we are to be able to do something about it," O'Rourke said Sunday in an interview with MSNBC host Al Sharpton.
"Is that not going too far to make a comparison between the President of the United States and the Nazis?" Blitzer asked the candidate Monday evening.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You're getting heat and criticism not just from Republicans but Democrats as well for your criticism of the president comparing him to Nazis and Hitler. You said the other day in an interview with Al Sharpton that President Trump inspired by the propaganda of the Third Reich that the more justice and dizzying the behavior and less likely to do something about it. Is that not going too far to make a comparison between the president of the United States and the Nazis.
FMR. REP. BETO O'ROURKE, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Find me a better analogy of another leader of a Western democracy describing people of one religion as defective or dangerous and that is what the president did when it came to Muslims, seeking to ban them and replying the lie that Mexican immigrants pose a violent risk to this country and calling them animals and predators and rapists and criminals and asking four women of color elected by constituents to go back to their home country and having an almost Nuremburg rally where people are chanting send her back or inviting the kind of violence based on the racism that he's inspired, where you have another crowd cheering shoot them when the president asked what do we do about the immigrants. It doesn't just foend our sensibilities it poses a violence. 22 shot dead in El Paso by a gun inspired by the president of the United States.