N.C. Rep. Larry Pittman, a Concord Republican, said in a Facebook post Wednesday that President Abraham Lincoln was a “tyrant” similar to German chancellor Adolf Hitler. Responding to critics of the bill he introduced on Tuesday banning same-sex marriage, Pittman wrote: “And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if (sic) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”
Several people immediately replied to Pittman’s comment. One person inquired about his suggestion that the Civil War was unnecessary. Pittman has yet to respond. On Wednesday, House Speaker Tim Moore said the bill would die and not get a hearing.