GOP Rep. Mike Garcia compares Biden administration to Nazi Germany

Rep. Mike Garcia, a Republican facing one of the most competitive home races in the country, compared the Biden administration to the Nazi regime during an interview on a conservative podcast last week.

Referring to the recent FBI search for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s Florida residence, Garcia accused the Biden administration and what he called the “Deep State” of “allowing federal agencies to take up arms.” do” for political purposes.

“This is literally the tyranny of a majority right now, acting more like a Third Reich than the United States. And that’s very dangerous,” Garcia told Sara Carter, a right-wing media personality, on her eponymous podcast.

References to Nazi Germany have become a popular rhetorical phrase for Trump’s most loyal supporters. But unlike those who have safely settled in a deep red district, Garcia is locked in a hotly contested re-election campaign for his district in northern Los Angeles County that will depend on his ability to win independents and Democrats, not just the GOP -Base.

A spokesman for Garcia’s campaign could not be immediately reached for comment.

Following last year’s re-election process, Democrats have a 12-point registration advantage in the 27th congressional district, which includes the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita. The new lines drawn made Garcia one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican incumbents and a top target for Democrats, who view the seat as a rare opportunity to catch up.

Garcia is up against Christy Smith, a Democrat and former state congresswoman who lost to Garcia in a 2020 special election and was just 333 votes short in a rematch in November this year. Political forecasters think the race will be a toss-up.

Faced with a more democratic electorate, Garcia has attempted a political balancing act. He voted against confirming the results of the 2020 election and against impeaching Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. But he has emphasized work that has more bipartisan appeal, including supporting military families and efforts to combat illegal marijuana cultivation in Antelope Valley.

In a speech earlier this month at the Reagan Library, he called for a redefinition of “America First” as more globally engaged in order to break with Trump’s isolationist drive. And he called for more bipartisan cooperation, denouncing politicians and activists on both sides of the political spectrum of the “withdrawal.”[ing] to their caveman tendencies.”

Garcia made similar points in his podcast interview with Carter, lamenting an “us versus them” mentality.

“It’s easy to share,” Garcia said. “There are a million ways we can split up — small groups, big groups. The hard work is in the union.”

Carter then raised Fears federal bureaucracies targeting political enemies, cites “FBI raids” in reference to August 8th search of Trump’s home. Garcia said her questions are valid.

“They are not doing this to try to get a reckoning or to bring justice and hold anyone accountable. They do it for political reasons,” Garcia said. “That’s why you see the charges brought, the raids done and in some cases no charges are even brought. But then never justified, ever followed through and then never really prosecuted.”

Justice Department investigation into Trump continues; a warrant unsealed at Atty’s request. General Merrick Garland revealed that the former President is under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act, which prohibits the unauthorized holding of material related to the national defense and obstruction of justice laws. During the search, agents removed 11 sets of classified documents – including some documents marked as top secret not to be taken outside government facilities.

Garcia’s comparison to the Third Reich echoes comments from Trump’s hardline supporters. Florida Senator Rick Scott and Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert compared the FBI to the Gestapo, Adolf Hitler’s secret police. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, meanwhile, equated law enforcement with Hitler’s paramilitary organization and called for “the dismantling and elimination of the Democrats [sic] Brown Shirts known as the FBI.”

Other GOP politicians denounced the Justice Department’s actions as those of a banana republic or other oppressive regime.

Such rhetoric was denounced by other Republicans such as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who said Scott’s Gestapo analogy was “very concerning to me. It’s outrageous rhetoric.” He described the fierce criticism of federal law enforcement as “dangerous,” pointing to an incident in which a man attempted to enter an FBI office in Mar-a-Lago days after the Mar-a-Lago was searched to invade Cincinnati before dying in a confrontation with police.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-08-22/mike-garcia-fbi-search-trump-third-reich GOP Rep. Mike Garcia compares Biden administration to Nazi Germany

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