Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) “took to the Senate floor Thursday to defend labor unions, saying that dictators like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin opposed them,” The Hill reports.
"As a nation, I look back in history and some of the worst governments we’ve ever had, you know one of the the first thing they did? They went after the trade unions," he said. "Hitler didn’t want unions, Stalin didn’t want unions. [Former Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak didn’t want independent unions."
After Brown “invoked Hitler and Stalin, he immediately said that he was not comparing Wisconsin to the Nazi and Soviet regimes.”
"I’m not comparing what’s happening to the workers in Wisconsin to Hitler and Stalin," he explained, "but I am saying that history is teaching us that unions are a very positive force in society that creates a middle class and protects our freedom."
Meanwhile, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Tuesday “weighed in strongly on behalf of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who’s been locked in a protracted battle with public employees over legislation that would strip their unions of most collective bargaining rights.”
"It’s a bigger issue than people think, and it’s something that I’m going to work a lot on, because I really don’t think that collective bargaining has any place in representative government," DeMint said on WVOC radio.
DeMint said public employee unions enjoy an "insidious relationship" with Democrats, because the state workers are working to support lawmakers who favor maintaining benefits for those workers.