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.


“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.


  1. 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.

    1. As was Henry Ford (an anti-semite who received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle), J.D. Rockefeller (who directly funded Nazi eugenics experiments before the war), Prescott Bush (H.W.’s father and W’s grandfather), Charles Lindbergh, and Randolph Hearst – for example.
      In 1940 Graeme K. Howard, Vice President of General Motors, published America and a New World Order, in which he advised that America give full cooperation to the Nazi regime. In his book he blames FDR for causing the war.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. @ Screwtape, read this: Plans for a ‘New World Order’ have been around since at least the 1930’s – supported by wealthy American people and businesses. After WWII, the CIA (under Nazi sympathizer Prescott Bush) recruited thousandsof Nazi war criminals and scientists into the U.S. for the government via ‘Operation Paperclip’.

      1. The Progressive Movement goes back a bit further, like the 1880s. It had unfortunate comminglings with the Socialists, Fabianists, and ultimately the fascists, Nazis, and eugenecists.

        Joe Kennedy Sr. was also a Nazi/fascist sympathizer, as were Woodrow Wilson and FDR.

        Have you read any of Dinesh D’Souza’s books? Worth the while. Also try to Peter Schweizer. His books follow the money behind and acquired by so many pols.

  4. 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.

    1. Screwie loves her double dong tiki torches.

      1. That has absolutely zero relevance to the topic is that the best you can manage?

        1. Apparently. Wide’s best efforts are coming up with new names, but he keeps using the same tired, homoerotic, porn terminology. Or maybe he’s a she or wannabe.

    2. I have not, but will certainly put them on my immediate reading list. Thank you!

      1. Enjoy. I’d also recommend Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism”, but it’s a dense read. D’Souza is the most accessible and historically relevant.

    3. I wonder who the tiki torch guys voted for? I wonder who David Duke voted for? I wonder who KKK members voted for? I’ll bet they ain’t voting democrat double dong. It’s nice to see you have something in common with racists and scumbags.

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

  6. 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!

    1. I don’t know about that we have depleted the ozone layer and entirely destroyed it in several areas with verified data showing uv rays entering the atomosphere entirely unfiltered. Also proven green house gases trap heat. Funny thing about that is cows produce way more than all automobiles combined because we let our population growth go rampant.

    2. You may find the documentary “Is Genesis History” interesting.

    3. Governor Moonbeam and Alexandria Obviously-Clueless are both history and science deniers.

      Governor Moonbeam was 2 when WW II started and 7 when it ended so he would have been a bit young to have lived it but it would have been a major part of history when he was in school as it was recent to his time in school. Alexandria Obviously-Clueless is way to young to have lived it and she probably never had any history classes in school.

  7. 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.

    1. …and ironically uttered by people who themselves employ fascist techniques.

  8. Earth, 4.45 Billion Yrs. old. Dinosaurs roamed Earth 175 Million Yrs.! Today, dumdums think like Gov. Moonbeam?!

  9. Excuse me while i bang my head against this wall over here…

    Why… why would you use the Nazi comparison. That is a special comparison for things actually on par with Nazis. It’s not for Republicans. Not for President Trump. And especially not climate.

    Please do not run for President. This shows you can’t communicate and use extremes as a crutch to prove your point and get a reaction. We don’t need more of that in the white house.

    1. Do you know why I bang my head against the wall? Because I feels so good when I stop.

      1. Er…. ok Craig, thank you for that input. Perhaps a room with a padded wall would help with that?

          1. two advantages.
            1. it’s portable
            2. in winter, a bulky hat can hide a lot.

            If he’s carrying a hockey stick or bicycling he has the perfect excuse.

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