'Embarrassing' Tennessee Republican brutally mocked for citing Hitler as a model for overcoming homelessness

'Embarrassing' Tennessee Republican brutally mocked for citing Hitler as a model for overcoming homelessness
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During a recent speech in the Tennessee Statehouse, Republican State Sen. Frank S. Niceley argued that one can overcome homelessness and go on to lead a “productive life.” And the example he used was Adolf Hitler.

The 75-year-old Niceley, known for being active in the Tea Party movement, told his colleagues, “I wanted to give you a little history on homelessness. In 1910, Hitler decided to live on the streets for a while. So, for two years, Hitler lived on the streets and practiced his oratory and his body language.… and then went on to lead a life that’s got him in the history books. So, a lot of these people, it’s not a dead end. They can come out of these homeless camps and have a productive life. Or, in Hitler’s case, a very unproductive life.”

In response to Niceley’s comments, Tennessee State Sen. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat, tweeted:

This isn’t the first time Niceley has embarrassed Tennessee. In 2009, when he was still serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Niceley was an outspoken supporter of the racist “birther” movement and joined a frivolous lawsuit demanding that then-President Barack Obama prove he was a U.S. citizen.

Twitter user @DalCowboys5151, mocking Niceley, referenced the late Chris Farley's famous Matt Foley character on "Saturday Night Live":

Here are some more responses to Niceley’s comments on Hitler and homelessness:

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