The Alabama Democratic Party compared U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) to Adolf Hitler in a tweet on Tuesday after the senator criticized the current state of the country's military.
The tweet was in response to another tweet from a progressive veterans group, VoteVets, citing comments Tuberville made in a recent interview about the armed forces.
"We've got the weakest military that we've had in probably a year in my lifetime," Tuberville said. "Now, we've got a lot of good military people, but infiltrating our military is all this wokeness, and it's coming from the top, coming from Joe Biden, coming from Secretary of Defense Austin."
The tweet from VoteVets criticized Tuberville for his ongoing military promotion holds over a Department of Defense (DOD) abortion policy and accused him of desiring a weak military.
The Alabama Democratic Party quoted the tweet and added, "Tuberville is speaking in code here. Time to call it what it is. 'Wokeness' refers to a military that has black, brown, red, yellow, and female leaders. He prefers his military to look like Nazi Germany's Third Reich. Say what you mean."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a nonprofit that purports to research and combat antisemitism, has been critical of using Holocaust and Nazi comparisons in political discussions in the past.
Though it often takes progressive stances on policies — such as abortion and legislation preventing minors from receiving artificial hormones and sex-change surgeries — the ADL nevertheless condemned comparisons of Donald Trump to Hitler by progressives in 2016.
1819 News requested a comment from the ADL about the Alabama Democratic Party's post but did not receive a response.
However, the ADL did issue a statement on X condemning the post.
"Say what you will about another person’s politics, but drawing Hitler and Nazi comparisons – thereby trivializing the Holocaust – is not the answer," the ADL said.
Say what you will about another person’s politics, but drawing Hitler and Nazi comparisons – thereby trivializing the Holocaust – is not the answer. https://t.co/bZ8pLH6qOa— ADL Southeast (@ADLSoutheast) November 28, 2023
The Alabama Democratic Party's tweet comes just a month after the organization blamed Tuberville for a Marine Corps general’s heart attack and told him to resign.
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