Biden says America “had a good relationship with Hitler”

by Peter Heck · Oct 23rd, 2020 8:39 am

Last Updated Oct 25th, 2020 at 9:58 am

During the final presidential debate Thursday night, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed that the United States "had a good relationship with Hitler before he in fact invaded Europe."

Biden appeared to be attempting to make a larger point about President Trump's working relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, though in context it left many observers scratching their heads.

Though public sentiment in pre-WWII America was strongly opposed to any entanglement in European affairs, particularly following the bloodbath of World War I, there was an overriding antipathy for Hitler and his Nazi party within the United States.

In September 1939, as Hitler began his assault across Europe, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the American people, "This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well." It was a thinly veiled acknowledgement of widespread national disdain for Germany and its leader.

Given these, and several other fairly well-established historical facts demonstrating America's consistent hostility towards Hitler's regime, it is not immediately clear, barring a clumsy attempt at humor, what "good relationship" the former vice president was referring to.


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