After thousands of people, including dignitaries from more than 40 countries, marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday, President Barack Obama came under criticism for not participating in the event.
The anti-terror rally, held in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, was attended by, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The highest-ranking U.S. representative at the rally was U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.
On Monday, the White House apologized for not sending a higher profile dignitary to the Paris event, though declined to provide further details about why the decision not to send a high-level member of the administration was made.
The apology was apparently not enough for the Texas representative who represents Galveston County.
At about 8:20 p.m., U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) posted the following on his official Twitter account.
Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) January 13, 2015
Lest you're confused, Weber (or whoever is manning his Twitter account) is referring to Adolf Hitler's invasion of France that ended with the surrender of Paris on June 14, 1940. More than 85,000 French soldiers were killed in the German invasion — which Weber assures us was done for "all the wrong reasons."
The tweet was still up, and going viral, about an hour after it was originally posted.
Weber, who was elected in 2012, has previously referred to Obama as a "socialist dictator." He is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Relations.
UPDATE, 11:51 A.M.
The Daily News spoke to Weber this morning and he stood by his tweet.
"I wanted to start a discussion," Weber said. "I guess I at least accomplished that."
Weber said that he was not calling Obama "Hitler", but trying to make a statement about fighting evil.
"My intent was to point out that there is evil in the world," Weber said. "Hitler was evil. With what we saw in (Paris) shows that the evil we are fighting is radical Islamic terrorism and (the Obama administration) won’t even acknowledge we are at war with radical Islamic terrorists.”
Weber said that his chief of staff did tell him he should have sent several Tweets to better explain his position.
As far as spelling Hitler's first name wrong in the tweet, Weber said told the Dallas Morning News that it was because he wrote it right before heading to bed.
UPDATE, 1:30 P.M.
Weber has published a statement about the tweet on his official website.
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