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Editorials skewer GOP lawmaker for outrageous Hitler-Lincoln comparison

Rep. Larry Pittman

Rep. Larry Pittman

The controversy over North Carolina state representative Larry Pittman continues to swirl. As you will recall, the Cabarrus County Republican compared Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler on his Facebook page this week in a bizarre rant about the Civil War. Pittman, of course, also introduced a bill this week to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage in contravention of the U.S. Constitution.

Yesterday, a Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com called on Pittman to apologize and condemned the lawmaker and his shameful views. This morning, an editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer simply lampooned this strange and, obviously, troubled man:

“State Rep. Larry Pittman’s latest comments have some Republicans running for the hills, viewers of his Facebook page challenging him, and doubtless his teachers wishing he’d paid more attention in history class.

We take Rep. Larry’s comments with a silo of salt and ask, “Larry — when are Moe and Curly showing up?”…

One wonders if Pittman will next fix his political sights on Mother Teresa for being a bleeding heart who helped the poor or George Washington for being a revolutionary.”

Let’s hope the pressure and condemnations continue to mount. It’s worth noting that Pittman remains the co-chairman of a House Committee and actually wields some influence in the body. Given this week’s incident, it’s clearly time for House Speaker Tim Moore to alter that situation.

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