Unseating Mitch McConnell in this year’s midterms will be like freeing Europe from Hitler’s Nazi control, according to Kentucky’s Democratic speaker of the House.
“It reminded me of the feeling our troops must have had when they liberated the European nations after World War II,” state representative Greg Stumbo said at an event for McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Kentucky’s secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Can you imagine what it felt like that you were liberating a country?”
“Well, you’re about to liberate your state from the worst reign of misabuse that we’ve seen in the last 30 years,” he added.
Polls have shown McConnell and Grimes in a close race, although most give McConnell the lead.
UPDATE: 3:21 p.m. When asked about Stumbo’s comments during an interview with Lexington Herald-Leader, Grimes refused to disavow his comparison of McConnell to Nazis.
“People try to put words in my mouth all the time, so I don’t want to attempt nor would I ever try to speak for Speaker Stumbo,” she told the newspaper. “And what he meant, I’ll let you ask him directly what he meant by his comments.”
McConnell’s campaign has already spoke out against Stumbo’s comments, and the Republican Party of Kentucky have called on Stumbo and Grimes to apologize. Kentucky’s lone Democratic U.S. representative John Yarmuth also took issue with Stumbo’s remarks, and said he personally “probably wouldn’t have said that.”