Beto O'Rourke: Trump's rhetoric 'is something that we might have expected to hear in Nazi Germany' (CNN link): Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke on Thursday night defended remarks he made in Iowa comparing President Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration to words and images employed by Nazi Germany. "I compared the rhetoric that the President has employed to rhetoric that you might've heard during the Third Reich," O'Rourke told a reporter, following a meet and greet at Morningside College in Sioux City. "Calling human beings an 'infestation' is something that we might have expected to hear in Nazi Germany."
Trump has previously referred to the influx of undocumented immigrants at the southern border as an "infestation." The Nazis regularly invoked the imagery of insects and vermin to denigrate Jews and other enemies. CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.
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The former congressman defended his rhetoric in Sioux City, telling reporters, "silence is complicity in what this administration is doing. So, let's call it out, but let's also define a better future for this country."