The Democratic candidate running for Governor of Ohio is apologizing after reports indicate he labeled Republicans “Nazi collaborators” for refusing to stand up to the state’s current governor, equating them to the Vichy French government which collaborated with Germany during World War II.
“Somebody said to me last month that they’re ‘Vichy Republicans,’ which I didn’t fully understand,” said Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate running for Governor of Ohio. “I guess that’s ‘Vichy France’ during World War II, the ones who went over and collaborated with the Nazis.”
Cordray, the state’s former Attorney General who also served as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, made the comment during an event at the Allen County Democratic Party Women’s Club on March 8 in Lima, Ohio, according to a video obtained and first reported on by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
During World War II, the Nazis installed a puppet government in the unoccupied “Free Zone” in southern France under Marshal Philippe Pétain. The government served as an authoritarian client state of Nazi Germany from the time of France’s surrender in 1940 until the Allies liberated most of France in 1944.
After facing pushback for the comment, Cordray’s campaign spokesman, Mike Gwin, claimed he now regrets the Nazi comparison.
“Rich believes Ohioans deserve elected representatives who will stand up for what’s right, even if that means speaking out against people of their own party,” Gwin said. “He regrets repeating someone else’s inappropriate comparison in making that point.”
Cordray and his running mate, former Representative Betty Sutton, will face Ohio’s current Attorney General Mike DeWine and his running mate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, in the general election.
The race to replace term-limited Republican governor John Kasich is expected to be one of the most highly contested elections in the 2018 midterms.
Cordray and DeWine previously faced each other in a race for Attorney General in 2010. DeWine narrowly won that race.
Comparing Republicans to Nazis and Nazi collaborators is nothing new for the far-left.
Famed documentarian Ken Burns implored “Vichy Republicans” to stand up to President Trump, whom he equated to Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
“As a student of history, I recognize this type. He emerges everywhere and in all eras,” Burns said. “We see nurtured in his campaign an incipient proto-Fascism, a nativist anti-immigrant Know Nothing- ism, a disrespect for the judiciary, jingoistic saber rattling, a total lack of historical awareness, a political paranoia that, predictably, points fingers, always making the other wrong.”
“I implore those Vichy Republicans who have endorsed him to please, please reconsider.”
Far-left MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsche attacked Trump voters for their support of the president and his immigration policies, labeling them “Nazis.”
“We can no longer say Trump’s the bad guy. If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy,” Deutsch said on “Morning Joe.” “If you vote for Trump, you are ripping children from parents’ arms.”
“If you vote for Trump then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis, going ‘you here, you here.'”