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Outrage as top Democrat official compares Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels

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By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:20:39 EST, 3  September 2012| UPDATED:20:43 EST, 3 September 2012

 

A top Democrat is taking heat after he  likened GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to a  Nazi.

The Chairman of the California Democratic  Party, John Burton, compared the  Wisconsin Congressman to Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolph Hitler’s closest  associates, as Burton alleged Ryan’s speech at the Republican National  Convention was riddled with falsehoods.

Burton has only slightly backtracked from his  incendiary remarks, as the Democratic National Convention gets underway in  Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday.

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Joseph Goebbels

Lies: The Chairman of the California Democratic Party,  John Burton, compared Paul Ryan (left) to Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolph  Hitler’s closest associates

Burton’s highly charged comparison came  as  he spoke to the California press about the conservative convention  that was  held last week, prior the Democrat’s own political pow wow.

‘They lie and they don’t care if people think  they lie. As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating  it, you know,’ Burton said about the Republican platform and the party’s  incessant criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration during the  GOP gathering in Tampa.

 

Joseph Goebbels headed the Ministry of Public  Enlightenment and Propaganda under the Nazi regime in Germany from 1933 to 1945.  He was responsible for the crack down on the country’s intelligentsia – overseeing the burning of books and controlling the country’s  media.

‘That was Goebbels, a big lie, they said they  don’t care about facts,’ Burton continued. ‘They’re going to lie so, I mean,  that’s not pejorative to them. They probably wear it as a  compliment.’

John BurtonIn the hot seat: The Chairman of the California  Democratic Party, John Burton (pictured in 2009), is taking heat from the Obama  campaign for his highly charged comments

Then Burton attacked Ryan specifically for  alleged ‘factual shortcuts’ in his convention speech when Ryan claimed Obamacare  will mean cuts to Medicare, in addition to Ryan blaming Obama responsibility for  the closing of a GM plant in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin.

‘What Paul Ryan said was a bold-faced lie to  all the American people and he doesn’t care that it was a lie because it doesn’t  matter because it sounds good,’ Burton said, speaking to the San Francisco  Chronicle and KCBS-TV in Charlotte.

Democrats took issue with Ryan’s comments,  saying Medicare will not be gutted as Ryan claimed and saying that the auto  plant Ryan referred to actually shut down before Obama took office in January  2009.

 Michelle ObamaGetting started: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves  while touring the stage and podium a day before her speech to the Democratic  National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3

Republicans expressed outrage at the  comparison to Hitler’s regime, responsible for the state-sponsored genocide of  approximately six million Jews during World War II.

Additionally, Obama’s spokesman is distancing  the campaign from the highly charged rhetoric.

‘President Obama promised to lift up American  politics. Unfortunately, some of his supporters, by employing rhetoric that has  no place in our political system, are bringing it down to the gutter,’ Norm  Coleman, national co-chairman of the Romney Jewish Coalition, said in a  statement.

Similarly, the Republican National Committee  released a statement condemning the attack, calling Burton’s choice of words  ‘outrageous and insulting.’

Ben LaBolt, the spokesman for the Obama 2012  campaign, said Burton’s view ‘doesn’t have any place in the political discourse  here in Charlotte.’

2012 Republican National Convention The End: The 2012 Republican National Convention at the  Tampa Bay Times Forum wrapped up on August 30

Despite the outrage, Burton offered an  apology, considered tepid at best.

‘If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the  Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie – I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that  comment,’ Burton said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Burton has a reputation for being a loose  cannon.

He recently took pot shots at Republican New  Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who expressed his struggle with keeping his  weigh down, when Christie bashed California for being a bastion of liberal  politics at the convention.

‘Christie’s time would be better spent taking  up first lady Michelle Obama’s White House Fitness Challenge than bashing our  great state,’ Burton said in a statement.

‘If Republicans think California’s such a  terrible place to live they should ask their nominee Mitt Romney if he has any  plans to sell his $12 million La Jolla beachfront property. Once his car  elevator is installed, Romney should be able to get a good price on the  property,’ Burton added

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