Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said a Nazi Germany-like regime is not impossible in the United States if people are prevented from being allowed to express their opinions.
Speaking at a New Hampshire campaign event on Tuesday, Carson disputed the belief that “a situation like what took place in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s could never happen in America,” CNN reported.
“If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech,” Carson told the crowd.
He said, “If people don’t speak up for what they believe, then other people will change things without them having a voice. Hitler changed things there and nobody protested. Nobody provided any opposition to him,” according to CNN.
Following the speech, Carson was asked by reporters if his comments were directed at President Barack Obama.
“No. I am saying in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen. I think that example is pretty clear,” he responded.
This is not the first time Carson has compared the US to Nazi Germany. In a 2014 interview with Breitbart News, he said the government and its institutions are “very much like Nazi Germany.
“[There] you had the government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe,” he explained.
In August, Carson accused Obama of using “coded” anti-Semitic “themes” in his attempts to convince Congress to back the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this article.