On Monday’s broadcast of CBS’s “The Late Show” with David Letterman, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) offered his analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin aggressive policy toward the Ukraine and the Crimea. In his remarks, McCain took an analogy former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had used earlier comparing the Russian leader to Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler.
LETTERMAN: Will [Putin] hide behind this notion of a referendum in Crimea?
MCCAIN: Yes. That’s an old trick. Hitler used to use that – march into some place, have a referendum. The referendum they’re going to have, and I think it’s this Sunday, won’t be quite like the North Korean election. But I can assure you what the outcome is going to be. I promise you what it’s going to be –
LETTERMAN: Because it’s a heavy concentration of Russian citizens?
MCCAIN: No, because they’ll rig the election. A lot of the Ukraine – even though they’re pro-Russian, they don’t want to be part of Russia. They look to Europe to see what life is like there and they look at Russia and they see what it’s like there.
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