Frederick County Democrats and Republicans have spent much of the last week sparring over a Facebook post local Democrats made likening Republicans to Nazis.

The post shared an image of a blue wave with the following text: “75 years ago Patriotic Americans went to France to throw out the Nazis. Next year all you have to do is go to the polls.”

The post stirred an uproar among local Republicans, who deemed the post insensitive and an example of how dangerous rhetoric can hurt local politics.

Several Republican members of the Frederick County delegation issued statements expressing disappointment with the post. And James Dvorak, chair of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee, expressed similar feelings in an interview last week.

“I think it’s a disgusting partisan thing to say,” Dvorak said. “I don’t think there’s any indication that any elected Republicans, especially in Frederick County, have anything to do with Nazis.

“I think it’s offensive to Jewish Americans who are the descendants of people who died in the Holocaust.”

Del. Barrie Ciliberti (R-Frederick and Carroll) also said he was disgusted by the post, adding that it was an “idiotic” thing to say.

“A lot of this is from the hard-core left — they’re venomous, the hard-core left,” Ciliberti said. “They still can’t get over the fact they lost [the presidential election] in 2016.”

Some have used the post as an opportunity to call for more unity between Democrats and Republicans, especially at the state level. That included Del. Jesse Pippy (R-District 4), who posted on Facebook on Jan. 5 about his grandfather Charles Pippy, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Pippy is chair of the Frederick County delegation this session.

“I truly believe that Frederick County residents expect their local leaders to focus on solving problems and not name calling. I intend to lead by example,” Pippy wrote.

Del. Ken Kerr (D-Frederick), who will also serve his second year as a state legislator alongside Pippy, said last week he disagreed with the post and added it distracts from the job itself.

“My first year [in the General Assembly], I worked hard to establish working relationships with the other party,” Kerr said.

Some, however, have doubled down on the post — including the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee, which commented on Facebook that they stood by it.

“We’re not sure why anyone took offense; the Frederick County Republican Central Committee is manufacturing fake outrage for some reason,” the group wrote. “They’re not talking about ideas of policies, just reacting to what we say or do. Are they running scared now that we outnumber them in the county, or do they actually object to fighting tyranny?”

Democratic registration in Frederick County surpassed that of Republicans late last week.

Deborah Carter, chair of the Democratic Central Committee, could not be reached for comment by phone Tuesday.

Sen. Ron Young (D-Frederick) said last week he wouldn’t have personally posted the message, but he said that Republicans are also to blame for some of the current political climate.

“Calling the whole Republican Party Nazis is a little much, but frankly, I think the Republican Party has become a cult,” Young said, noting they should be critical of how U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is handling President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.

As of midday Tuesday, the original post remained on the Frederick County Democrats’ Facebook page, and it has remained a talking point among local political figures on the site.

Follow Steve Bohnel on Twitter: @Steve_Bohnel.

Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(40) comments

rbtdt5

We have school teachers calling their students and students parents Nazi's because they don't think the same? 60% of our taxes go to these teachers.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Oh well, no sensitivity found here today. Let’s hope for tomorrow.

matts853

Call me a patriot, but I’d prefer my president read Lincoln’s speeches for inspiration, not Hitler’s. Just sayin...

matts853

From Vanity Fair interview with the Trumps, 1990. Apparently Trump does have a soft spot for AH....

“Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.”

“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.

Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”

“I don’t remember,” I said.

“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)

Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”

SURE he didn’t read them.

matts853

https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2015/07/donald-ivana-trump-divorce-prenup-marie-brenner

Comment deleted.
matts853

That’s what my wife tells me. Dave. Probably good advice. Thanks.

Obadiah Plainsmen

The Frederick DNC and most Democrats compare Republicans with fascism.Republicans compare Democrats with Socialism. Fascism is pretty straight on what it is. According to Marx, “socialism is the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism”. History tells us that under fascism ( Hitler) around 11 million (non combat related) people perished. World wide and under many Communist regimes about 100 +million ( non combat related ) people perished. Obviously both sides need some sensitivity training.

Boover88

All i can say is wow but not surprised thank god im a Republican

KellyAlzan

Sorry to hear

public-redux

At least no one has yet characterized Nazis as socialists ("it's in their name!!11!!").

gdunn

Typical "tolerant" Dems.

FrederickFan

It's sad. What ever happened to being kind, respecting differences of opinion, and civil discourse?

shiftless88

Along came Newt and Atwater

Obadiah Plainsmen

Don’t forget the greatest, James Carville. That guy could sell ice to Eskimos.

public-redux

Because of climate change?

yogib

Yes it would have been better to say something else but what? The Republicans have not stood up for our country against Trump so one has to assume silence means approval. As far as stirring up the opposition, We hear from them every day as they show support for our bully, Trump -loving Sheriff.

KellyAlzan

Really, who the flock cares. Who. Cares.

threecents

“I think it’s offensive to Jewish Americans who are the descendants of people who died in the Holocaust.” Nope, it is not offensive to this one.

klewisyoung

Not offensive to this one either.

DickD

Put lipstick on a pig, it still is a pig. Donald Trump is acting like Hitler and his cult loves it.

Like Germany in the late 1930s.

des21

Trump is "acting like Hitler?" Please Dick- you have GOT to be smarter than that!

KR999

'fraid he isn't, des, 'fraid he isn't.

KellyAlzan

I agree, dick

Jleftwich

The Dems gain some ground in Frederick County (via voter registration) and then proceed to shoot themselves in the foot with this nonsense. Way to galvanize the opposition! [rolleyes]

DickD

And the Democrats needed to galvanize the Trump cult. [lol]

gabrielshorn2013

You are correct dick. Mistake on the Dems part.

dcmetro

A lot of this is from the hard-core right — they’re venomous, the hard-core right. They still can’t get over the fact they lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes in 2016.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Who needs popular vote when we have the Constitution.

riccicc

Misuse of the term Nazi like this from the democrats belittles what they really were. It's also offensive and insensitive to the Jewish people, as well, for what they went through during the Nazi period to the point that it's anti-Semitic for the democrats to say such things in such a misuse fashion.

threecents

If our economy was like Germany's at the time....

riccicc

Poverty is starting to take a bigger hold in the U.S. Some of it by design. As Henry Kissinger said, control the food and the medicine and you control the people. Food and pharmaceutical price increases shooting up would do that nicely and already has to some extent. Not to mention the soaring cost of housing.

klewisyoung

My grandfather's relatives were harassed, robbed, beaten and then murdered and dumped into a ditch by the Nazis in Dokshytsy in May 1942. I am not offended by this post. I am grateful that some people are recognizing that Trump is duplicating the same verbiage and actions that occurred in Europe during the 1930s. Nevertheless, as I read this post, I don't see a comparison of Nazis to Republicans. The message I took away was, "Look at the sacrifices that your parents and grandparents made. All you have to do is go to the polls and vote."

matts853

Trump tweet from 2017:

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?

94.9K

7:48 AM - Jan 11, 2017

matts853

What a really stupid thing to do. Sometimes in American politics there are instances where historic comparisons to Nazi’s seem to be appropriate - Trump rallies to me conjure up images of Hitler mesmerizing German people with his self aggrandizing, jingoistic propaganda - but the comparison ends there for me because as much of louse the guy is, he isn’t a mass murderer. So a blanket, one size fits all analogy is inappropriate and counter productive.

riccicc

matts853, All politicians mesmerize their groups in one way or another, including democrats from time to time. "All politicians." Because that's exactly what Hitler started out as, a politician. He even said it himself when he said he didn't start a revolution to gain Germany, he beat his opponents at the polls. Unfortunately, after that he didn't just remain a politician. There were plans to change voting laws so that he could remain in power indefinitely. Something the democrats seem to want to be doing now in congress.

awteam2000

Ric, Trump said his supporters could 'demand' he not leave office after two terms.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/16/trump-says-supporters-could-demand-he-not-leave-after-two-terms/1471915001/

DickD

Isn't when you are saying exactly what Trump has already said.

riccicc

Well, that's what democratic supporters said when they elected FDR for a 4th term in a row. That is exactly what prompt the term limitation. Unfortunately, FDR died shortly after his 4th term election when Truman took over from his VP position.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed matt. [thumbup]

gdunn

lol comical.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Engage ideas. This forum is for the exchange of ideas, insights and experiences, not personal attacks. Ad hominem criticisms are not allowed. Focus on ideas instead.
TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
No trolls. Off-topic comments and comments that bait others are not allowed.
No spamming. This is not the place to sell miracle cures.
Say it once. No repeat or repetitive posts, please.
Help us. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.