Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, has apologized for sending out a tweet Monday that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler because he failed to join world leaders for a unity rally in Paris on Sunday.
"It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate," Weber said in a statement. "Today, we are facing the evil of Islamic extremists who are attempting to instill fear and murdering the lives of innocent people from Paris to Nigeria to Jerusalem and all over the world. The President's actions or lack thereof is my point of contention. Islamic extremists have shown they are not going away, and instead are hungry for more blood.
On Monday, Weber wrote, "Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons."
Earlier Monday White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday, "I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there [in Paris]."
Weber's post was met with strong reactions online, including a few that pointed out he'd spelled "Adolf" incorrectly, and many that called him names.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Josh Schwerin called Weber's comparison "beyond vile and insulting," and called on GOP leaders to "step forward and condemn Congressman Weber and his toxic brand of politics."
Hitler went to Paris for a brief visit in 1940, after France surrendered to Nazi Germany during World War II.