Sen. Lindsey Graham ripped into Donald Trump on Thursday, saying Trump should not mention Nazi Germany and U.S. intelligence forces in the same tweet.
“I do not think it is helpful for the commander in chief to question the competency [and] loyalty of those who are risking their lives to defend the nation,” he said Thursday, according to NBC News.
“And the last thing I would say about anybody working in the American intelligence community is to compare them to Nazi Germany,” added Graham, who competed against Trump in the GOP’s 2016 presidential primary.
“So Mr. President, with all due respect, I want to help, but that was just really unfair. I can only imagine what we would have said if a Democrat had said that.”
Trump on Wednesday invoked Nazi Germany on Twitter while criticizing media reports concerning unverified allegations linking him with Russia.
“Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public,” he tweeted. “One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump then doubled down on the comparison during his first press conference as president-elect later that afternoon.
“I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake [to get out],” he said at Trump Tower in New York City.
“That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”