Last night, the disgraced ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took to FOX News in order to defend the president from his critics – and crossed a serious line in his eagerness to besmirch the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Unable to spin any reasonable arguments to discredit the FBI’s raids on the offices and homes of his lawyer Michael Cohen, Gingrich pulled out the hyperbole bat and began to beat the proverbial horse with it, comparing the seizure of documents relating to the hush money payments from a real estate mogul to his mistress to the authoritarian raids conducted by dictators:
It ain’t the rule of law when they kick in your door at 3am in the morning and you face armed men and you have had no reason to be told you’re going to have that kind of treatment. That’s Stalin. That’s the Gestapo in Germany. That shouldn’t be the American FBI.
It is astonishing that we’ve reached a serious Goodwin’s law violation this early in the discourse on the FBI raids, and Gingrich’s comments highlight just how deep in the abyss of extremism and absurdity the right-wing victimization narrative has had to delve in order to maintain any kind of coherency.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to Twitter to quickly smack down Gingrich’s appalling comments.
The Gestapo rounded up and helped murder millions of Jews. The FBI did not. Do not ever ever try to equate the two. https://t.co/kjard5lJq8
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 12, 2018
While there are certain parallels that could reasonably be made – the FBI’s long history of targeting and spying on black and Muslim activists, for one – the comparison of the secret police of a genocidal regime to an American law enforcement agency’s investigating the misdeeds of a gaggle of self-entitled rich idiots is just disgusting, and the fact that the FOX News hosts simply accepted it at face value is more proof that everyone in the right-wing media sphere has lost their minds.
Watch Gingrich’s absurd comments here:
“That’s Stalin, that’s the gestapo in Germany” pic.twitter.com/dRhFyQxFzt
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 12, 2018