How do you know when a Republican is terrified? They start breaking out the Nazi and Hitler comparisons. An intern for Wendy Davis’s Republican opponent Greg Abbott in race for Texas governor tweeted:
A woman who is fighting for a better Texas is now Hitler. This is straight out of the Glenn Beck paranoia and fear handbook. Republicans constantly make this claim based on their myth that Adolph Hitler was pro-abortion. This is a myth because as Gloria Steinem wrote in 1980, “Hitler himself, and the Nazi doctrine he created, were unequivocally opposed to any individual right to abortion.”
The Nazi’s believed that a woman’s body belonged to the state, which is, funny enough, similar to the belief by Republicans that the state has the right to make medical decisions for women and tell them what they can and can’t do with their bodies. The Abbott campaign was trying to riff on the abortion Barbie smear that they use against Wendy Davis, but all they accomplished was revealing that their views on women and their rights to their own bodies come from the same family tree as the Third Reich.
Wendy Davis is a strong Democratic candidate, who also happens to be a woman. Texas Republicans are so terrified of the appeal of this intelligent candidate that they are trying to use her gender against her. In fact, the entire basis of the Abbott campaign appears to be rooted in the belief that Wendy Davis is unfit to be governor because she is a woman.
As for the intern from the Abbott campaign, he tweeted an apology:
My previous tweet showed extremely poor judgment and I sincerely apologize.
— William Martinez (@Mr_WJMartinez) May 27, 2014
The intern didn’t apologize for comparing Davis to a Nazi. He apologized for using poor judgement, which means that he is sorry for tweeting it, not believing it. Wendy Davis has a bright political career ahead of her in Texas. Even Republicans can see that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Texas Republicans are scared to death of Wendy Davis. All the Nazi references in the world can’t stop the coming demographic tide that is going to turn Texas blue someday, and Wendy Davis is one of the key Democrats that are leading the blue wave that will change the Lone Star State.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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