Biden says America “had a good relationship with Hitler.” We did not have a “good relationship” with that depraved monster.
Biden says America “had a good relationship with Hitler”
By Peter Heck, Disrn, Oct 23rd, 2020:
During the final presidential debate Thursday night, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed that the United States “had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe.
Biden just said we had a good relationship with Hitler.
This guy is straight-up senile. pic.twitter.com/yxnmDBScA9
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 23, 2020
Biden appeared to be attempting to make a larger point about President Trump’s working relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, though in context it left many observers scratching their heads.
Biden employs Godwin's Law. It's like Trump caught the golden snitch. Debate over.
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) October 23, 2020
Very fine people on both sides. https://t.co/QZiEMQ2ntH
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 23, 2020
We had a good relationship with Hitler?
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) October 23, 2020
Though public sentiment in pre-WWII America was strongly opposed to any entanglement in European affairs, particularly following the bloodbath of World War I, there was an overriding antipathy for Hitler and his Nazi party within the United States.
In September 1939, as Hitler began his assault across Europe, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the American people, “This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well.” It was a thinly veiled acknowledgement of widespread national disdain for Germany and its leader.
Given these, and several other fairly well-established historical facts demonstrating America’s consistent hostility towards Hitler’s regime, it is not immediately clear, barring a clumsy attempt at humor, what “good relationship” the former vice president was referring to.