NC House member likens Lincoln, Supreme Court to Hitler

Posted April 12

Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus

— A North Carolina lawmaker was catching heat on social media Wednesday for comments on his Facebook page comparing President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Supreme Court to Adolf Hitler.

Someone posting as Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, was responding on his "Larry Pittman for NC House" page to critics who derided him for filing House Bill 870, under which the state would refuse to recognize the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and would ban recognition of those marriages in the state.

Pittman said his bill "would be upholding the law of this State in spite of the opinion of a federal court that had no business interfering" in the state's 2012 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

"Memo: the Civil War is over. The Fed won. Get over it," Dave Flomberg commented on the page.

Pittman then responded, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if [sic] tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional."

"Holy crap you're delusional!" Mike Landona commented.

"What?! I think you'll find that your view of President Lincoln is out of step with Americans in every corner of our great country, save for fringe extremists who still can't get over the abolition of owning human beings," Ryan Feinberg added.

Pittman did not respond to a later post asking him to clarify his remark. He also did not immediately respond to calls and emails from WRAL News.

House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that House Bill 780 would not advance due to "constitutional concerns."

Larry Pittman Facebook post

Larry Pittman Facebook post


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  • William Sherman Apr 14, 7:55 p.m.
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    Oh please people--stop wearing your h. ypocrisy like a snow white guiltless robe. Making reference to Hitler is a reatively common tactic of the liberal/leftist/democratic snowflakes/corn silk/cow chips when referencing Trump, Bush, and at one time or another most of the 16 Republican candidates for President. Please spare us the outraged indignation when the shoe is on the other foot. Grow up people.

  • Thomas Williams Apr 13, 1:28 p.m.
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    You sound like a person that is selectively sight challenged.

  • Mike Watson Apr 13, 10:04 a.m.
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    And yet people vote for him, sad.

  • Jim Dunn Apr 13, 8:14 a.m.
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    Both parties have more than their share of yahoos. Democrats Maxine Waters and Hank Johnson (Guam might flip over) definitely come to mind.

  • Tom Baker Apr 12, 9:02 p.m.
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    Who elects those ignorants into the legislature? Rep. Pittman is an embarrassment to any elected body.

  • Tyler Puckett Apr 12, 8:53 p.m.
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    Bless his heart!

  • Michael Lloyd Apr 12, 7:40 p.m.
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    Why the hubub? Sounds like a typical NC Republican legislator to me....

  • Robin Koury Jr Apr 12, 7:24 p.m.
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    I am just going to say his last name Pittman for He does Deserve to be called anything with respect.He Insulted Mr Lincoln who is NOT here to defend himself,Bashed the US Supreme Court and really insulted all American People..He should be thrown Out of NC Government..

  • Peter Mescher Apr 12, 6:25 p.m.
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    I'll let Abe himself explain why the Civil War was necessary, since Pittman appears to be baffled by it:
    "If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? ... Yet, if God wills that [the war] continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.""

    Your move, Pittman. (And will the NC GOP take any measures to disavow him?)

  • Jim Frei Apr 12, 5:42 p.m.
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    Rep. Pittman is a little man of limited intelligence trying to make a name for himself. I keep wondering where the Republicans find these yahoos.