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Former governor stands by tweet comparing Trump to Hitler

October 16, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 file photo, former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman speaks during an interview at her office in her home in Tewksbury, N.J. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Whitman said she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Whitman’s tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 file photo, former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman speaks during an interview at her office in her home in Tewksbury, N.J. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Whitman said she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Whitman’s tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman says she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

The Republican tweeted Hitler “has nothing on” Trump.

Whitman’s tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort.

Whitman tells WNBC-TV in New York the comparison was “inflammatory” but she hoped the shock value would make people realize the severity of the situation.

Whitman, who also served as administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, says she is “really frightened for the country.”

After the White House condemned the video, Whitman tweeted again saying the video was “the stuff of dictators.”