By AATTP contributing author, Sky Palma
Fresh off his “Friends of Hamas” debacle, Ben Shapiro, editor at Breitbart.com, went on Sean Hannity’s radio show and said that there was no doubt that Hitler was a liberal.
During the Thursday radio interview, Shapiro made the claim that the American “left-wing press” supported Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Italian fascist Benito Mussolini and the Soviet Union early on, and only backed away when the atrocities of the dictators became known.
“Of course Hitler was a left-winger.” Shapiro said. “The name of his party was National Socialism, he redistributed wealth, he shut down businesses. This argument that Hitler was a right-winger is absurd. It’s absolutely ridiculous and historically ignorant.”
He went on to say that the insinuation that Hitler was more right than left is a “slander” put forward by Democrats and the liberal media “in order to try and shut down all debate on the fact that socialism and the rise of the left in countries in a major way usually leads to dictatorial natures for more of than, for example, a limited government.”
Glenn Beck tried to promote this narrative in a 2010 documentary on Fox News where he also argued that Hitler was more identifiable with liberal ideology.
But Ryan Witt of The Examiner says this claim is absurd.
“Looking at all of Hitler’s policies, not just the select few Beck picks, Hitler was clearly more right-wing conservative that left-wing liberal,” he wrote.
“Beck only distorts the historical record by arguing Hitler was somehow more progressive or liberal than conservative,” he concluded. “If anything an analysis of all of Hitler policies resemble more of an extreme far-right ideology than anything else.”
Listen to Ben Shapiro’s comments about Hitler supposedly being a liberal in this audio clip, courtesy of Media Matters.
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