This election cycle is just incredibly bizarre already, but it just got weirder. Jim Bakker, who was brought down in a sex scandal and then subsequently convicted of fraud for taking senior citizens' money for his own gain, just claimed Bernie Sanders was America's Hitler.
Yes, that's right. He called a Jewish man the next Hitler. Let that sink in.
“One of the most popular politicians right now is a socialist,” Bakker said. “And who is his biggest following? The young people of America, from the colleges. Maybe you understand a little bit what it felt like to live when Hitler was reigning and the church had to sit by and keep watching it and watching until millions, tens of millions — they had to build factories to kill people. All it takes is a couple bombs and all of America will be dead within a year, less than a year, just months.”
“I can’t tolerate this much longer,” he added. “I can’t tolerate it.”
Clearly Bakker didn't actually pay attention to historical fact back then either, or he would recall that the churches -- Catholic and Protestant -- actually appeased and in some cases collaborated with Hitler, not the other way around. Had the churches actually stood up to the man, it's entirely possible he might not have retained the power that he did, which makes Bakker's claim all the more odious.