Racist Metonymy as Political Rhetoric?

An interesting story in today’s Columbus Times:  The new head of Ohio’s State Board of Education, denying that she intended any comparison when she used a Hitler quote when in her her Facebook post opposing Obama’s modest gun control proposals

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she was not comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler when she posted a photograph of the Nazi leader on her Facebook page with a message critical of the administration’s new gun-control efforts.

Terhar, a Cincinnati Republican elected last week by the 19-member school board to a second term as its president, recently posted the picture with this commentary: “Never forget what this tyrant said: ‘To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.’ — Adolf Hitler.”

But she does say we “need to step back and think about it and look at history” to see that tyrants have disarmed their citizens.

Is metonymy comparison?  Anyway, as one commentator notes, the quote is a fraud, but it does point to the kind of television commentary that the Chairperson is probably attending to:  See this Mother Jones piece.  Violence is a critical issue, but not, I think the most important one for the School Board to attend to.  Then again, perhaps it’s better if they don’t attend to the important issues.

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