Arizona State Rep. Brenda Barton (R) compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a Facebook post Monday criticizing the rangers in the shuttered National Park Service for keeping the parks closed. She called on rogue “Constitutional Sheriffs” to arrest park service rangers for doing their jobs.
Barton initially posted, urging citizens to encourage their local sheriffs to consider “revoking the arrest powers (that they granted in the first place) to federal agents operating within their county.” Barton voted last year for an unconstitutional bill which would require federal law enforcement officers to provide advance notice to Arizona sheriffs before taking action in their counties.
But in a second posting, Barton minced no words, calling Obama “De Fuhrer [sic]” and urging local sheriffs to arrest park rangers who enforce rules keeping people out of National Parks that are closed due to the federal government shutdown:
This is not the first time Barton has insulted the President. In August, after a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown offered a demonstration of what it would look like for Barack Obama to be run down by a bull, she posted that she would like to see every rodeo clown in the nation “wear Obama masks in solidarity with the guy who lost his job because Barry’s hide is so thin!”
A second-term legislator from Payson, Arizona, Barton boasts on her official page that she is a member of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, Heartland Institute, and of the Arizona Citizens Defense League.
Barton told the Arizona Capitol Times on Monday that she stood by her Adolf Hitler analogy. “He’s dictating beyond his authority,” she explained, “It’s not just the death camps. [Hitler] started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people.”