March 5th, 2014
08:30 PM ET

Hillary Clinton under fire for Putin, Hitler comparison

Hillary Clinton is under fire after comparing Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

Late Wednesday, she tried to clarify, but didn't entirely back down:

"What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians are that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had to protect the Russian minorities. And that is reminiscent of claims that were made in the 1930's, when Germany, under the nazis, kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe. So, I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before."

Republican Senator John McCain was quick to agree with Clinton's comparison, tweeting:

She's right on this comparison, and he referenced a headline reading: "Hillary Clinton compares Putin actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany"

Clinton compares Putin's Ukraine moves to Hitler, later recalibrates

OutFront: CNN Political Commentator Michael Smerconish, he's also host of CNN's "Smerconish" and David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post.

Filed under: News • Politics • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
soundoff (One Response)
  1. Brad Mead

    Hillary has become the left wings Sara Palin. Her comments are ludicrous, ficticious and just plain ignorant. I usually vote left but I ain't votin for this dumb person who has a history of telling lies. President? God help us. The DNC better find somebody quick cause Hillarys mouth will sink her, and us.

    March 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply

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