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GOP congressman compares Obama to Hitler after Paris rally absence

GOP congressman compares Obama to Hitler after Paris rally absence
A Republican US congressman decided a Hitler comparison was apt to criticize President Barack Obama’s absence at Saturday’s 'anti-terror’ march in Paris.

“Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for the right reasons,” tweeted GOP US Rep. Randy Weber, congressman for Texas’ 14th congressional district.

Adolf Hitler toured Paris in June 1940 after the successful German invasion and subsequent occupation of France.

The Obama administration has been lambasted in recent days over the decision not to send the president or any of his top officials to Saturday’s ‘Unity March’ in Paris, which included more than 40 world leaders who showed solidarity with the 17 victims of multiple attacks last week.

A general view shows Hundreds of thousands of people gathering on the Place de la Republique to attend the solidarity march (Rassemblement Republicain) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. (Reuters)

Jane Hartley, the US ambassador to France, was the highest-ranking US official to attend the rally. The event occurred four days after an assault on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo left 12 dead in Paris.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest bowed to criticism of the administration's decision.

“I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” Earnest said, though he did not detail what Obama was doing during the rally.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the fundraising body for congressional Democrats, has urged Republican House Speaker John Boehner to denounce Weber’s comment and his “toxic brand of politics,” according to the USA Today.

DCCC head Steve Israel called the tweet "vile," according to AP, saying Weber was "desecrating the victims of the Holocaust to make a political point."

The National Jewish Democratic Council has called for an apology from Weber.

Weber apologized Tuesday afternoon "to all those offended by my tweet," according to the Texas Tribune's Abby Livingston.

"The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate," he added.

Weber has taken to Twitter in the past to sensationally slam Obama for being “Kommandant-in-chef” and a “socialist dictator,” among other provocations.