Speaking on his enormously popular radio show on Monday, right-wing talker Rush Limbaugh used the ongoing scandal over extreme negligence and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs as an excuse to compare President Obama to some of the worst mass-murderers of the 20th century.
Citing a recent report on White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough's claim that the incident has Obama "madder than hell," Limbaugh claimed the White House was using a propaganda move that's been perfected by dictatorships and totalitarian regimes in order to deflect blame for intentional policy choices.
"This is classic, this is exactly how stuff like this gets spun," Limbaugh explained, "in dictatorships, and in totalitarian states since time immemorial. For example, 'If Lenin only knew all these people dying [sic] ... He wouldn't let this happen! If Stalin only knew! ... If Hitler only knew what was being done in his — oh, gee, if he only knew! If Castro, if he finds out, oh, no!"
"And then, when the problem becomes too big to ignore, we hear, 'Boy, is Stalin mad now! Boy, is Castro really — This is how it all works; these guys are in charge of everything," Limbaugh continued. "This VA business has been going on since 2008."
Then Limbaugh ranted for a while longer, saying that "the whole point is to absolve the leader — who is in charge of everything — of any blame."
You can listen to Limbaugh imply Obama is like Hitler because he didn't do anything about a problem that began under his Republican predecessor in 2008 below, via Media Matters