One of the first rules of political debates is do not reference Hitler. You would think. No matter what point you are making it never lands as intended. Joe Biden seemed to forget that rule on Thursday night as he referenced the former Nazi leader as being a friend to the U.S. at one point.
As Donald Trump was speaking about North Korea, he said he had a civil relationship with North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. “We’re not in a war, we have a good relationship,” the president remarked. Trump went on to say, “Having a good relationship with leaders of other countries is a good thing.”
Biden then responded with, “We had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded the rest of Europe.”
Critics quickly jumped at the remark as the Nazi leader’s name began trending on social media. Conservative radio host Mark Levin tweeted, “Did Joe Biden just say we have a good relationship with Hitler at one point? No we did not, Joe.”
Syndicated talk radio and podcast host Dana Loesch tweeted, “Biden goes full Godwin’s Law, grabs for Hitler. Geebus, he called a lid for the week and prepped all this time for THIS performance?”
If you are not familiar with Godwin’s law, according to dictionary.com, it is the proposition that “the longer an internet argument goes on, the higher the probability becomes that something or someone will be compared to Adolf Hitler.”
It’s definitely fair to say that Biden may have been making an attempt at sarcasm, but that just leads us back to one of the first rules of political debates, and once again, the Hitler reference did not land as it was intended.