At a private charity event on Tuesday, in comments preserved on audio,
Hillary Clinton talked about actions by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in
the Crimea. "Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in
the ’30s," she said.
The next day, Clinton gave the inflammatory story more oxygen when speaking
at UCLA. She "largely stood by the remarks," the Washington Postreported.
Clinton "said she was merely noting parallels between Putin’s claim that
he was protecting Russian-speaking minorities in Crimea and Hitler’s moves into
Poland, Czechoslovakia and other parts of Europe to protect German minorities."
Clinton denied that she was comparing Putin with Hitler even while she persisted
in comparing Putin with Hitler. "I just want people to have a little historic
perspective," she said. "I’m not making a comparison certainly, but
I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used
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