|The nation's first Muslim congressman said Tuesday that he erred in comparing the Bush administration's response to Sept. 11 to an event that led to Adolf Hitler's consolidation of power in Nazi Germany. |
At an appearance before a group of atheists in Minnesota on July 8, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., called Sept. 11 "the juggernaut" that led to war, tolerating torture and increased discrimination against religious minorities.
"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that," he said. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."
Hitler used the 1933 burning of the Reichstag, the German parliament building, to suspend constitutional liberties.
"In hindsight, I wouldn't have used that reference point," Ellison told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It was probably inappropriate to use that example, because it's a unique historical event, without really any clear parallels."
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Keith Ellison: I sorry
Politics: Amazing what a souped up headline in the Daily Telegraph and a Drudge link can do in saying I goofed. I doubt he doesn't believe his example was true, just sorry he got caught on video saying it.