March 5, 2014

Hillary Clinton Compares Her “Ally” Putin To Hitler

Last night, Hillary Clinton invoked Nazi Germany when discussing the recent Russian occupation of Crimea, comparing Russia’s Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

Making her first extensive comments about the crisis in Ukraine, Clinton said at a private fundraiser in California that Putin’s campaign to provide Russian passports to those with Russian connections living outside his country’s borders is reminiscent of Hitler’s protection of ethnic Germans outside Germany, according to a report published overnight.
The Press-Telegram appears to have been the only publication present for Clinton’s remarks at an otherwise closed-press luncheon fundraiser Tuesday attended by about 250 people to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “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.”

It wasn’t too long ago that Clinton was criticizing Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election for labeling Russia a “geopolitical foe.” Clinton called Romney’s comments “dated” and instead championed Russia as an “ally.” While Russia being a foe seems “dated” to Clinton she apparently thinks Hitler is much more timely.

Clearly this is a clumsy attempt to overcompensate for the failure of one of her most visible policy pivots as Secretary of State – the “reset” in relations with Russia.