Byrd did not compare GOP to Nazis, spokesman says
WASHINGTON (AP)-Sen. Robert Byrd's description of Adolf Hitler's rise to power was meant as a warning to heed the past and not as a comparison to Republicans, a spokesman for the West Virginia Democrat says.
"Witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends," Byrd said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
Bebeto Matthews, AP
Nonetheless, two Jewish groups and a pair of GOP politicians chastised the senator on Wednesday, including one who recalled Byrd's Ku Klux Klan membership as a young man. Byrd's comments, which he made Tuesday in the Senate, came during his speech criticizing a Republican plan to block Democrats from filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees.