President-elect Joe Biden has frequently derided President Donald Trump for his supposedly incendiary rhetoric, portraying himself as a politician capable of bringing a divided nation together.
The former vice president’s own words, however, have proven divisive in recent days — including his recent comparison of certain Republicans to infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
The “big lie”
His remarks came in the wake of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill earlier this week, prompting U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to demand an apology.
During a press conference on Friday, a reporter asked Biden if Cruz and Hawley should be forced to resign over their role in objecting to the results of the Electoral College vote tally during a joint session of Congress held to ratify his win over Trump.
The session was interrupted after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building, causing a security lockdown on the premises.
In reply, Biden asserted that the Republicans should be defeated in their next re-election bids, proceeding to launch into an anecdote about Goebbels and the “big lie” about the casualties associated with a World War II firebombing in Dresden, Germany.
Hawley reacted harshly, issuing a statement demanding not only a retraction but a complete disavowal by Biden and the Democratic Party.
“Let it sink in”
“President-elect Biden has just compared me and another Republican Senator to Nazis,” the Missouri Republican stated. “You read that correctly. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. Because I raised questions in the format prescribed by the laws of the United States about the way elections were conducted in the state of Pennsylvania, just as Democrats did about other states in 2001, 2005, and 2017, he is calling me a Nazi.”
He went on to denounce the “undignified, immature, and intemperate behavior” he said was on display in Biden’s comments.
“It is utterly shameful,” he said. “He should act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments. And every Democrat member of Congress should be asked to disavow these disgusting comments.”
Cruz also weighed in with a tweet asserting that such “vicious partisan rhetoric only tears our country apart.”
Of course, Breitbart noted that Biden previously invoked the Goebbels name, including a September interview during which he compared Trump to the Nazi propagandist for his ostensible pattern of dishonesty.