SC Dem Chair Likens Nikki Haley to Eva Braun (Update: Why Harpootlian Should Resign)
September 5, 2012 - 10:03 am
Another DNC day, another Nazi smear.
Adam Beam, a reporter for South Carolina’s The State newspaper, reported on Twitter this morning that South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian likened Republican GOP governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina to Eva Braun, the wife of Nazi tyrant Adolph Hitler.
S.C. Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, never a loss for a quick quip, tossed a few stinging one-liners at the Wednesday delegation breakfast.
On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: ‘She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.’
This marks the second time this week a major Democratic figure has compared a Republican to Nazis. California’s Democratic Chairman John Burton compared GOP vp nominee Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Josegh Goebbels at a DNC breakfast, and also called Ryan a “horse’s ass.” Burton later apologized and then left the DNC meeting for a root canal.
Can we officially call these Nazi references a coordinated campaign of dog whistles yet? And how about using “Braun” against an Indian-American? Isn’t that code to remind racist Democrats that Haley is, in fact, brown?
More: The more you unpack Harpootlian’s comments, the worse they appear. Likening a sitting governor to a Nazi figure is bad enough, but Harpootlian managed to pack an attack on Haley’s gender into that by comparing her to Hitler’s mistress. The image he used and that’s largely held of Eva Braun is that she was the mindless mistress to a monster, who went along with whatever Hitler wanted out of a mixture of personal relationship and the access to power that the relationship gave her. Braun was, in other words, a whore for the reich.
That’s who Dick Harpootlian thinks the governor of his state is: A whore for the GOP.
His comment is thoroughly disgusting and indefensible. He should do the honorable thing and resign his chairmanship immediately.