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House Democratic Whip Clyburn on Trump: 'He is Mussolini. Putin is Hitler'

By Michael W. Chapman | August 3, 2020 | 10:29am EDT
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the No. 3 person in leadership in the House of Representatives, said that he believes President Donald Trump is "Mussolini," the fascist Italian dictator from World War II, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "Hitler," the fascist leader of Nazi Germany who killed 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.

On CNN's State of the Union, Aug. 2, guest host Dana Bash asked Rep. Clyburn, "I want to ask you about something you said on Friday night in an interview with PBS. You said that you don't think President Trump would be willing to give up his office and that -- quote -- 'He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany were duped by Adolf Hitler.' Do you really think Donald Trump is comparable to Adolf Hitler?"

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Clyburn replied, "What I said, starting about two-and-a-half, maybe three years ago, after one of his State of the Unions, that I feel very strongly that this man has taken on strong-arm tactics. And I feel very strongly that he is Mussolini, Putin, is Hitler. I said that back then, and I believe that."

"I believe very strongly that this guy never had any idea about being -- want to peacefully transfer power," said Clyburn.  "I don't think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn't plan to have fair and unfettered elections."

"I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office," said the House Majority Whip. "And that's why he is trying to put a cloud over this election, floating the idea of postponing the elections."

Benito Mussolini, left, and Adolf Hitler.  (Screenshot, History.com)
Benito Mussolini, left, and Adolf Hitler. (Screenshot, History.com)

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) started off as a socialist and member of the Italian Socialist Party. He broke with the socialists and rose to power in the early 1920s, eventually establishing a dictatorship, which he ruled from 1922 to 1943.  In April 1945, Italian communists captured Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, and executed them. 

As for Clyburn's claim that Putin is Hitler, it merits noting that although the Russians helped to start WWII with the 1939 joint-invasion of Poland, after Hitler turned on Stalin in 1941 the Russians, aided by the United States, fought back and helped to defeat Hitler and the Nazis. 

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