In a speech on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden (D) said that GOP Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.), who challenged some of the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election, were "part of the big lie," a propaganda technique that was employed by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels -- repeat the lie often enough and people will believe it.
The "big lie" in this case is that at least some of the votes in the election should be questioned and the legitimacy of Biden's election is therefore questionable.
After his Jan. 8 remarks in Wilmington, Del., a reporter asked Biden, "Do you think some of them should resign? Should Senator Cruz or Senator Hawley resign?"
Biden replied, "I think they should be just flat beaten the next time they run. I think the American public has a real good clear look at who they are. They're part of the big lie, the big lie."
"I was being reminded by a friend of mine, and maybe you were with me, I can't recall, when we were told that [Josef] Goebbels and the great lie, you keep repeating the lie, repeating the lie," said Biden.
"Well, there was a print that when Dresden [Germany] was bombed, firebombed, there were 250 people that were killed, or was it 2,500 people were killed?" he said. "And Goebbels said no, 25,000 -- 250,000 were killed, and our papers printed that, our papers printed it. It's the big lie. People will know this one thing for one man, one woman, to repeat the lie over and over and over again."
The City of Dresden was firebombed by British and U.S. air forces in Feb. 13-15, 1945. It is estimated that between 22,700 and 25,000 people were killed, many of them regular German citizens. After the bombings, the Nazi government issued statements that over 200,000 people had been killed, which was false. Most historians today agree that about 25,000 people were killed.
Biden supports abortion on demand, an industry that has killed more than 64 million American children since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
Biden then implied that Trump also employed the "big lie" in his criticism of the liberal media.
"By the way, Trump said that before he ran, if you say it enough, I'm going to convince you," said Biden. "I'll say it enough, the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad, the press is bad. If he's the only one saying it, that's one thing, but the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is."
"And so, it's not about whether or not they get impeached," said the president-elect. "It is about whether or not they help -- can continue to hold power because of the disgust the American people have for their actions. There are decent people out there who actually believe these lies because they've heard it again and again."
Biden continued, "I was with a friend of mine who's a medical doctor, telling me that his neighbor said to him, he lives in another state, his neighbor's a good person, said, 'but you know, doc, this is true, there's a lot of chicanery that went on in this election.' He said, 'tell me what.' 'Well, I just know there was, they say it is, they say it is.'"
"This is a human condition, you say it and say it and say it," added Biden. "The degree to which it becomes corrosive is in direct proportion of the number of people who say it."
The "big lie" technique was employed by the liberal media and Democrats who claimed "Trump-Russia collusion" for two-plus years and who repeatedly denied that the FBI spied on members of the Trump campaign.
In a statement released on Friday, Sen. Hawley said, "President-elect Biden has just compared me and another Republican Senator to Nazis. You read that correctly. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in. Because I raised questions in the format prescribed by the laws of the United States about the way elections were conducted in the state of Pennsylvania, just as Democrats did about other states in 2001, 2005, and 2017, he is calling me a Nazi."
"This is undignified, immature, and intemperate behavior from the President-elect," said Sen. Hawley. "It is utterly shameful. He should act like a dignified adult and retract these sick comments. And every Democrat member of congress should be asked to disavow these disgusting comments.""