As a general rule, it’s bad to compare anyone to Hitler. There are exceptions of course: For example, if a world leader is invading other countries, trying to conquer the world via military might, or engaging in a campaign of mass genocide, then it’s an apt comparison. Otherwise, not so much.
That lesson was lost on Congressman Randy Wilson (R-TX). Congressman Wilson had joined the chorus of Americans who were upset that the President didn’t send a high ranking official to the Paris rally that took place after the Charlie Hedbo shootings, a move so noticeable that even the White House expressed regret. However, Congressman Wilson took things too far after this tweet:
The backlash on Twitter was immediate. Some of the better examples included:
In the statement, Wilson said:
I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.
Weber also deleted the offending tweet.
You will notice, of course, that Wilson never actually apologized to the President for the tweet; instead, he only apologized to “all those offended.” This is a classic non-apology: He apologizes to those whose feelings he hurt, but to those he didn’t, well, wink wink. He at least had the decency to avoid attacking the President in his statement though, right?…….
The President’s actions or lack thereof is my point of contention.
Nope. So, let’s review: Congressman Weber never really apologized for his tweet and managed to attack the offended party in it. Yeah, I’m sure he really meant his apology…………..