Jim Jordan Likens the Left to Both Nazis and Slavery in Bonkers Rant—and Everyone Had the Same Response
In far-right circles of Congress and media, there's a growing characterization that Democrats and anyone perceived as loyal to them are not only un-American, but enemies to America as well.
Right-wing representatives like Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina have told constituents there is a "spiritual battle" against Democrats, who he claims want to make the country "genderless, sexless, and Godless." His colleagues, Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, have accused Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota—one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress—a terrorist sympathizer.
But this rhetoric isn't just present among members of Congress. They've targeted lower positions and private citizens as well. Far-right Senate candidate J.D. Vance of Ohio described professors as "the enemy." Northampton County executive candidate Steve Lynch called for "20 strong men" to help him force the removal of school board members.
What's more, the rhetoric is working. A YouGov poll conducted earlier this year found that more than half of Republicans saw the other party not as political opponents, but as enemies—more than 30 points higher than Democrats who were asked the same question.
Far-right Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio once again promoted this extremist rhetoric, comparing the fight against Democrats to the fight against slavery and Nazis.
Jim Jordan says liberals must be defeated like the 'evils' of Nazy German and slavery. pic.twitter.com/14zvzSaxTd
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) December 6, 2021
“Every third generation in this country has had to do something big. You think about the Founders and what they did when they declared why we’re going to be an independent country, what they had to overcome, the greatest military in the world. They did it. Three generations later, Lincoln and the Americans then held the country together, got rid of the evil of slavery. Three generations later, America defeated imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, the evils that those two countries represented and the greatest generation won that war.”
He then concluded:
"Now, here we are three generations later and the assault is from the radical left. We have to step forward and do our part like previous generations of Americans have done."
Interestingly enough, Jordan made these comments to Sebastian Gorka, a host on the far-right disinformation outlet Newsmax. Gorka himself has been credibly accused of ties to Hungarian neo-Nazi groups.
Given that Jordan voted against the certification of electoral votes in swing states Trump lost and frequently promoted delusions of widespread election fraud, people accused the Congressman of projecting when talking about enemies to America.
When you REFUSE to see yourself as the problem... https://t.co/QTZEXHCJxF
— 👑✊🏾#BlackAF✊🏾👑 (@Black_1) December 7, 2021
The racist pot calling the kettle black. https://t.co/ougTbHyGKV
— William Wallace (@LeeWallace99) December 7, 2021
The playbook of these authoritarian autocrats is to accuse you of doing EXACTLY what they do! https://t.co/m7iayanRKf
— DJM (@DJMKent) December 7, 2021
Hey Gym: It's *your party* that's in cahoots with traitors flying the Confederate flag and neo-Nazis strutting around with swastikas. Please spare us your aggressive ignorance. https://t.co/YHxKQTO3Ak
— Joe Conason (@JoeConason) December 7, 2021
Pure projection presented as red meat to his fawning sycophants who happen to be drooling at the prospect of being able to brutalize anyone they don't agree with. https://t.co/zZvyGNfZwP
— Dan «#Antifa — Destroy Fascism» (@RelUnrelated) December 6, 2021
It's no mistake that the three comparisons Jordan made to fighting the "assault" from the radical left are some of America's most famous wars.
Some believe the extreme rhetoric will only lead to more right-wing violence.
I’d like to know how referencing the fight against the British army in the war of independence, then WWII and the defeat of the armies of Germany and Japan AND THEN the “radical left” and the need to d”do our part” isn’t a call to armed violence and not an @FBI concern? https://t.co/8Alc4LXw0g
— Olly Rawding (@ollyrawding) December 7, 2021
Open calls for mass murder and a clear effort to destroy any coherence as his party embraces third reich terminology and ideology. As openly fascist as it gets. The window to defeat this peacefully is rapidly closing. https://t.co/4Re29VzAXp
— I am untethered and my rage knows no bounds (@smarkhenry23) December 6, 2021
This guy is most likely going to chair the judiciary committee. This over the top rhetoric is disgusting. https://t.co/6lWXFNM7AI
— Nick Cummings (@nickcummings3) December 6, 2021
But the GOP shows no signs of backtracking.