Republican presidential Ben Carson claimed on Sept. 30 in Exeter, New Hampshire, that no one in Germany protested Hitler when he rose to power, and suggested the same thing could happen in the U.S.
During a press conference after his campaign speech, in which he mentioned how America could turn into Germany during the 1930's and 1940's, Carson was asked about his statements by reporters, notes CNN, and said:
I mean, I mean, if people don't speak up for what they believe, then other people will change things without them having a voice ... Well, Hitler changed things there and nobody protested. Nobody provided any opposition to him and that's what facilitated his rise.
In reality, many people and groups did speak up and oppose Hitler, and some lost their lives, according to ListVerse.com.
The BBC notes that many factors contributed to Hitler's rise in Germany including the government's decision to cut government spending during the depression in 1930 (a popular GOP plank during the Great Recession and currently) by decree. As many people turned to communism, wealthy businessmen helped finance Hitler to pull that support away. Nationalists and racists also supported Hitler who often blamed minorities for Germany's woes.
At the press conference, a reporter asked Carson if he was comparing President Obama to Hitler, and Carson replied:
No. I am saying that in a situation where people do not express themselves, bad things can happen. That's the main problem that I have with political correctness, it keeps people from expressing themselves. It's the expression, the conversation, that leads to solutions. The keeping everybody silent while you change the fabric of society is not what America was supposed to be about.
Carson gave no actual examples of having his free speech repressed by the government or anyone specifically. He has used America-Nazi comparisons before (videos below).