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Tory candidate who compared anti-Brexit protesters to Nazi supporters, claims it was a ‘joke’

Tory candidate who compared anti-Brexit protesters to Nazi supporters, claims it was a ‘joke’
A Conservative seeking election as a councillor in May has claimed a Facebook post, where he compared those who signed the ‘Revoke Article 50’ petition to supporters of Hitler's Nazis, was a “joke” that had been misunderstood.

Carl Husted, who is standing in the Wollaton West ward of Nottingham city council in the upcoming local elections on May 2, insists he made the remarks “to show that other people reference the Nazis at inappropriate times.”

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In the now-deleted April 3 post, Husted claimed that the petition to cancel Brexit, which has over 6 million signatories, had the same “number of people who voted for Hitler’s Nazi party in 1930 Germany.”

His remarks prompted outrage from a number people on social media. One Twitter user argued that this is “no joke,” labelling the comments as “incitement to violence,” and called on the Tories to kick Husted out of the party. Another grumbled “no wonder politics is becoming a laughing stock in the UK.”

Others didn’t see what the big deal was about.

Husted has defended his comments, insisting it was a “Godwin’s law joke,” the Nottingham Post reports. Godwin’s law is an internet phenomenon which states that as more people discuss a subject online, the chances of someone mentioning Nazis increases.

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