Anti-Defamation League rebukes Nikki Fried’s comparison of Ron DeSantis to Hitler

Nikki Fried
The ADL said Fried's comments were 'inappropriate and offensive.'

The Anti-Defamation League of Florida issued a strong statement Sunday rebuking Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for comparing Gov. Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler.

Fried made the comments during a radio interview last week. The ADL responded to the remarks in a quote tweet Sunday.

“While public officials may have disagreements over policies, comparisons to the Holocaust and Nazism are inappropriate, offensive, and trivialize this unique tragedy in human history,” read the statement, written atop an article covering the controversy.

Fried’s comments, made on Florida NPR stations Friday, have become global news since.

“Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he’s trying to govern over the people. And that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history too. I saw the rise of Hitler. I learned those stories,” Fried said.

When asked if she was comparing DeSantis to Hitler, Fried stood her ground.

“In a lot of ways, yes,” Fried told interviewer Melissa Ross. “I have studied Hitler and how he got to power. Wanting his own militia. Having his own army.”

“Do I think that we’re going to get to the extent of Hitler’s power? Of course not. But the rise of his power and what he did to scapegoat certain parts, especially the Jewish community in Germany, and how he utilized going after the media, going after and scapegoating people and blaming people and putting fear and taking over the military, that’s what this Governor is doing,” Fried added.

The ADL comments continue a stream of condemnation, particularly from those in the Governor’s inner circle.

“Just this weekend, Florida Democrats compared Gov. DeSantis to Hitler. This comparison is repulsive, offensive, and minimizes Hitler’s evil crimes against humanity,” First Lady Casey DeSantis wrote in an email to supporters Monday.

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez on Sunday called the comparison “despicable” and said “if it wasn’t so sad, it would be laughable.”

“I don’t know what reference she’s referring to as it relates to Hitler, but it is a despicable reference, and it is sad,” Nuñez said. “Nikki, shame on you.”

A similar condemnation of Fried’s comments also come from the leadership of the Zionist Organization of America.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Alex

    January 18, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I love the ADL, but sometimes they can’t see the forest for the trees.

  • Nick Ireland

    January 18, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Stare Senator Lauren Book is the Democrat version of DeSatan so can we make a similar comparison to her?

  • Tom

    January 18, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Alex, you are a crumb.
    My compliments to ADL for speaking truth and not tolerating this Nikki Fraud hate speech.
    Fried is Jewish but it’s still offensive.
    How do you like that ocean Joe. You tried to defend. LMAO.
    Fraud is mentally ill. Needs serious mental attention.
    America’s Governor the best!
    Gov Ron wins big!

    • Ocean Joe

      January 18, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      KP Tom, I defend YOUR first amendment right to speak, as well as Nikki Fried’s. Go for it!
      Suggestion: based on the manic nature of many of your posts maybe you might focus on your own mental health…but I do enjoy your comments, ALL of them, so keep them coming.

      • Tom

        January 18, 2022 at 9:38 pm

        Manic my ass Joe.
        You called him Mussolini after that piece of garbage Fraud called him Hitler. You said it was justified cause she was Jewish. F her. She’s garbage, she had no issue platform. She’s engaged in dirty tricks, she’s pulled crap on the non issue of tests, sge started the crap on him being away holidays, she’s a stalker period.
        Don’t give me your B S. You and the rest of the Manchurians can’t defend one Democrat. Nikki Fraud is a disgrace, period. She is political annihilation for Dems. Great for Gov and Repubs. My compliments to ADL for speaking truth.

      • Tom

        January 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

        You don’t get to yell fire in a theatre.
        So save it in saying ill founded Hitler comparisons. Yours was over the top as well with Mussolini.

        Fraud is a stalker, mentally ill. Period!

  • Ron Ogden

    January 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Somebody needs to speak to the Wicked Witch of Killearn about her apparently increasing tendency to imbibe her own product. It’s not a good look to go campaigning while you are walking on your ears.

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  • i rather be on vacation

    January 19, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    extreme prejudiced by a leftist about a free man bad democrats bad and sad

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