It’s a day ending in Y so we have another example of a Republican legislator saying something unbelievably stupid and offensive. This time it’s Pennsylvania state Sen. Scott Wagner, who says that labor unions are just like — you guessed it — Adolf Hitler.
“The unions are about power and control,” state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) said. “And there are two things that I continue to remember about power and control. There was a gentleman by the name of Hitler, he was about power and control. There’s a gentleman by the name of Putin, who’s across the ocean, that’s about power and control.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Wagner later clarified that he wasn’t comparing unions to the strongmen, but merely “talking about the concept of power and control.” “I didn’t say the unions are out killing people,” he added.
But that explanation didn’t sit will with Pennsylvania State Education Association president Mike Crossey, who criticized the comments. “This kind of language is shocking, offensive and has no place in public discourse,” Crossey said. “It is so disappointing to see a powerful elected official making such an awful comparison. What a terrible example this sets for our children.”
I’d say this guy needs to take remedial history. One of the first things Hitler did when he became chancellor was outlaw labor unions and forbid strikes.