Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who famously once thought that the island of Guam was going to “tip over,” made disturbing comments about Trump supporters on Tuesday while speaking at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he also repeatedly compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.
“Americans elected an authoritarian, an anti-immigrant, racist strongman to the nation’s highest office,” Johnson said. “Donald Trump and his ‘Make America Great Again’ followers who want to return American back to a time where white men and white privilege were unchallenged, and where minorities and women were in their place.”
“Donald Trump supporters are older, less educated, less prosperous, and they are dying early,” Johnson continued. “Their lifespans are decreasing, and many are dying from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease, or simply a broken heart caused by economic despair.”
“Charismatic and a good public speaker, deceptive, and cunning, Adolf Hitler rose to power to lead Germany in 1932 after Democratic elections,” Johnson said. “He rode a wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism to power. Replace anti-Semitism with ‘all Latinos crossing our borders are rapists, drug dealers, and murderers,’ does that sound familiar?”
“Much like how Hitler took over the Nazi party, Trump has taken over the Republican party,” Johnson continued. “Hitler was accepting of violence toward the achievement of political objectives. Trump encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies, and his messaging about Charlottesville, that there were bad people on both sides, sent a powerful message of approval to the far right racists in America.”
“Americans, particularly black Americans, can’t afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump,” Johnson added.
Johnson is known for making idiotic statements, the most famous of which happened in 2010 when Johnson thought that Gaum was going to “tip over and capsize” if too many people were on the island.
“This is a[n] island that at its widest level is what … twelve miles from shore to shore?” Johnson asked Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. “And at its smallest level … uh, smallest location … it’s seven miles between one shore and the other? Is that correct?”
“I don’t have the exact dimensions, but to your point, sir, I think Guam is a small island,” Willard responded.
“Very small island, about twenty-four miles, if I recall, long, twenty-four miles long, about seven miles wide at the least widest place on the island and about twelve miles wide on the widest part of the island, and I don’t know how many square miles that is,” Johnson said. “Do you happen to know?”
“I don’t have that figure with me, sir, I can certainly supply it to you if you like,” Willard answered.
“Yeah, my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson stated.