U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) appeared to compare “America First” voters and lawmakers to the Nazi Party in an X post on Monday.
Bacon replied to a twitter thread initially started by conservative commentator Gunther Eagleman, who listed a number of hoaxes or censored viewpoints that have become hot-button issues over the last decade. “George Floyd OD’d, the Biden crime family is real, the COVID vaccine never worked, January 6 was not an insurrection,” were among the list of statements compiled by Eagleman. He also tagged Bacon’s congressional account and wrote “@RepDonBacon is a Democrat.”
An X user under the handle @siIentmajority then replied to Eagleman saying, “Nailed it!!! America First! Period!”
“Right out of the 1930s!” Bacon then wrote in response to the Silent Majority account. “Didn’t work out Bruh.”
Right out of the 1930s! Didn’t work out Bruh.
— Rep. Don Bacon 🇺🇸 (@RepDonBacon) October 23, 2023
“America First” is a philosophy that has been adopted by a number of conservative voters and elected officials who are typically supporters of former President Donald Trump. While Bacon did not explicitly link the movement to the Nazi Party, his reference to the 1930’s seemingly linked America First sentiments with the Nazis.
His post was promptly lampooned on social media, with many X users questioning the congressman’s use of the word “bruh.”
“Putting America first is ‘right out of the 1930’s’ and ‘didn’t work out’? You are comparing Republican voters who love our country to Nazis. You are done forever Bruh,” wrote one user in reply to Bacon’s post.
“Yes you’re reading this correctly A ‘Republican’ Congressman is comparing the America First movement to Nazi Germany,” said DC Draino.
Yes you’re reading this correctly
A “Republican” Congressman is comparing the America First movement to Nazi Germany@RepDonBacon voted 3x against Jim Jordan b/c deep down he hates GOP voters
Don’t worry Don – the feelings are mutual
Enjoy that Sequoia/CCP $ while it lasts pic.twitter.com/ecSTuY9tm0
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) October 23, 2023
Bacon represents a swing district that went for President Biden and has drawn the ire of the conservative base due to a number of votes. He was one of 35 Republicans who voted to establish a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol protests and one of 19 Republicans who voted for Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill. Most recently, he was among the 19 Republicans who voted against House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) for House Speaker on all three floor votes.