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Rep. Brenda Barton (R - Dist. 5) Rep. Brenda Barton (R - Dist. 5)
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An Arizona representative is standing by her comments comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, drawing the ire of critics who are calling the remarks an embarrassment to the state.

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson tells the Arizona Capitol Times that Obama and Hitler are similar in their leadership styles. She says the president is "dictating beyond his authority."

Barton compared the president to Hitler this week on her Facebook page while slamming his administration over the federal government shutdown.

"Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of De Fuhrer... where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?"

DJ Quinlan, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, called the comments "outrageous and offensive." Quinlan also says it is troubling that Barton's Republican colleagues haven't spoken up.

Arizona Regional Director Bill Straus and Regional Board Chair Miriam Weisman of The Anti-Defamation League issued the following statement:

"No matter how strong one's objections to anything or anyone, invoking the Holocaust Holocaust analogies generate headlines and get attention, they do little in the service of truth, history or memory.  The Holocaust was a singular historical event that's impact should never be trivialized by irrational comparisons.  Rep. Barton's comments are profoundly  insensitive to both those who lived through the Holocaust and the memories of those who did not."

Barton stands by her words and told the Times that Obama and Hitler are similar in many ways, including national health care and gun control.

Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press modified.

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