North Carolina Lawmaker Compares Lincoln to Hitler


A North Carolina lawmaker has come under fire for comparing Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler in a debate over marriage on Wednesday. Republican General Assembly member Larry Pittman of Cabarrus County was engaged in a Facebook debate over legislation seeking to ban toeivah marriage in his state when his argument took a turn for the unexpected, local media reported.

After arguing that North Carolina should ignore federal courts and uphold traditional marriage, Pittman wrote, “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?” But he didn’t stop there. “Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional,” he wrote, referencing the 16th president’s actions to prevent the Southern states from seceding prior to the Civil War. Pittman has yet to clarify his comments, but North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin was quick to condemn the remarks. “Rep. Pittman and his ultra-conservative allies in the General Assembly have no sense of decency, no sense of shame, and no sense of historical fact,” Goodwin said in a statement, urging Pittman’s fellow Republicans to “immediately condemn these outrageous and offensive statements.” Read more at THE NEWS & OBSERVER.



  1. There’s plenty of truth to his calling out President Lincoln. History books are written by those who won the war, which ignores and alters a lot of facts to make the victors appear righteous and correct.

    Lincoln clearly said that if slavery would save the Union, then he would fight for slavery. His goal was to preserve the Union. He did not care about slavery. Conversely, some Confederate states were abolitionists, who were opposed to slavery. The Civil War was about the rights of individual states and the expansion of the federal government. Slavery was just the technical detail or law that brought it to the forefront.

  2. Lincoln was a complicated historical personality, who arguably had big government dictatorial tendencies. I would compare him to Mussolini perhaps. With all his possible faults, Lincoln was not a maniacal psychopathic fool like Hitler.


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