Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, seeking the GOP Senate nod to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), cited Nazi Germany in an email to supporters Monday about Independence Day.
“On July 4, 1941, as Hitler’s Reich spread its influence across Europe, President Roosevelt used a radio address to proclaim the Fourth of July holiday as an example to the world in its fight for freedom,” he wrote.
Hasner quoted Roosevelt: “The fundamentals of 1776 are being struck down abroad, and definitely, they are threatened here.”
“Today, the biggest threat to our liberty is not a foreign government, but our own,” Hasner wrote.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee flagged for reporters a St. Petersburg Times post headlined: “Has Adam Hasner gone off the deep end?”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.