In a radio interview Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried drew parallels between Gov. Ron DeSantis and German dictator Adolf Hitler.
Fried, who was being interviewed on NPR’s Florida Roundup, known as DeSantis an “authoritarian” earlier than advancing the comparability between the Florida Governor and the chief of the Nazi Celebration.
“As an alternative of listening and attempting to control with the folks, he’s attempting to control over the folks. And that, I’m sorry, I’m a pupil of historical past too. I noticed the rise of Hitler. I discovered these tales,” Fried mentioned.
When requested if she was evaluating DeSantis to Hitler, Fried stood her floor.
“In a number of methods, sure,” Fried informed interviewer Melissa Ross. “I’ve studied Hitler and the way he received to energy. Wanting his personal militia. Having his personal military.”
Fried was referring to a proposal to revive the Florida State Guard, an auxiliary drive on the Governor’s command in emergencies, to take stress off the Nationwide Guard. Greater than 20 different states have a state-controlled protection drive.
Fried asserted the militia idea was “totally different” in Florida than in different states as a result of “this Governor’s utilizing it for the only functions of energy.”
“And in doing so to make concern, to instill that, accountable folks for what is occurring of their lives, blaming sure components of our society and our tradition, and that’s precisely what Hitler did to Jews again in World Struggle II.”
Fried discounted a query about whether or not she was in peril of invoking Godwin’s Regulation by saying “by no means.”
“Do I feel that we’re going to get to the extent of Hitler’s energy? After all not. However the rise of his energy and what he did to scapegoat sure components, particularly the Jewish neighborhood in Germany, and the way he utilized going after the media, going after and scapegoating folks and blaming folks and placing concern and taking on the army, that’s what this Governor is doing,” Fried mentioned.
Gubernatorial press secretary Christina Pushaw condemned Fried’s analogy Friday,
“If we had an sincere media as a substitute of DNC stenographers, reporters could be criticizing Nikki Fried‘s dishonest and offensive declare that Gov. DeSantis is the fashionable Hitler. Such a comparability trivializes Hitler’s crimes towards humanity. This isn’t humorous, it’s sick,” Pushaw tweeted.
By Saturday afternoon, the primary Republican name for Fried to step down got here from a state legislator.
“As a Jew, I’m repulsed by Nikki Fried evaluating (Gov. DeSantis) to Hitler. No Governor has carried out extra to assist Jews of their state than Governor DeSantis. She must disavow her repugnant anti-Semitism — or resign,” tweeted Rep. Randy Fine.