California Gov Jerry Brown Claims Climate Change Is ‘Devastating in a Similar Way’ to Nazi Germany

Outgoing Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) turned some heads with his latest hot take on climate change.

In 2018, California faced several major wildfires that destroyed homes and claimed more than 80 lives. While some, like President Donald Trump, believe these fires could have been prevented through forest management practices, Brown believes the fires were particularly damaging due to the changing climate.

During an interview with Meet the Press, Brown made a jaw-dropping statement comparing the battle against climate change to fighting the Nazis during World War II.

Watch:

“I would point to the fact that it took [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt many, many years to get America willing to go into WWII and fight the Nazis. We have an enemy, though different, perhaps very much devastating in a similar way. We’ve got to fight climate change and the president’s got to lead on that.”

As expected, many found these comments to be both offensive and historically inaccurate.

For example, Roosevelt didn’t go around lobbying for Americans to enter WWII to fight the Nazis. The Japanese forced a move when they bombed Hawaii during the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Many took to Twitter to question Brown’s insensitive comments.

Although his comments may be shocking, Brown is not the first person to try (and fail) to make the comparison. As IJR previously reported, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also made the comparison.

Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s comments:

“We had a direct, existential threat with another nation, this time it was Nazi Germany and the Axis who explicitly named the United States as an enemy. And what we did is that we chose to mobilize our entire economy and industrialize our entire economy. We put hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people to work defending our shores and defending this country. We have to do the same thing if we’re going to get us to 100 percent renewable energy.”

While Ocasio-Cortez may just be starting her political journey, Brown’s is coming to an end.

He served the people of California as governor from 1975 to 1983. He then ran again and took back the governors mansion in 2011. Brown declined to run for reelection in 2018, allowing his Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) to run and win the seat.

Although Brown may be done in California, his name has been floated to be a Democratic candidate in 2020, but he hasn’t made any announcements.

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Tess
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Brown the Clown…..meet Chuck the Schmuck

Mark Schlesinger
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FDS! i mean FDR, took years to enter the war because his cabinet and advisors were heavily salted with Nazi sympathizers (such as Joe Kennedy) and extreme pacifists. The Holocaust would not have occurred otherwise.

Screwtape
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from the Foilhat Gazette: Governor Brown Closes All CA Highways and Installs Solar Panels On Top. In a statement he says, “this will cut CO2 emissions.” He now plans to ban all flights in or out in his efforts to combat fascism.

Screwtape
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Let’s see anti-Semitism via BDS.
Suppression of religion (except Islam).
Big government controlling industries through regulations, if not outright force. Using the government to enforce their will, q.v. the IRS.
Attacking the press. q.v. Obozo’s FBI attacks on the WaPo, Sharyl Atkisson, James Rosen, etc.

…and pushing socialist programs. Never forget that Mussolini and Hitler were Socialists first.

Screwtape
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What is this obsession the Left and Dims have with Nazis? They themselves are much closer to national socialists in their practices and beliefs. Maybe they think if they tell a big enough lie often enough people will believe it.

ron
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if the demwites keep screaming nazism some people might start believing them.

Charles
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Brown and Cortez – talking heads. They know nothing about the Nazis or climate change. There is nothing Man can do to change the climate, it’s a function of the planet. These dolts should look at geologic history. It’s happened before and it will happen again. There are plenty of models that show times when there were no polar caps and the Sahara and Western US were inland seas. Just look up whale bones in the Sahara. If people on the coasts don’t want to be under water, MOVE!

Craig
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They keep making these insipid comparisons with Nazism. You name the Republican position, it is either racist or fascist. Spoken by people who don’t know the first thing about either.

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