Federal judge raised the question of Nazi Germany or Adolf Hitler on Friday after he noticed similarities in U.S. mentality. Capitol The awe-inspiring sight of a rioter captivates them “demagogue.”

Senior U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton pointed out the chilling parallels as he handed down his three-year sentence in District of Columbia to Dustin Thompson of Ohio. Thompson had previously blamed Donald Trump and was involved in the Jan. 6, 2020 attack on the United States. Capitol in the former president’s waning days in office.

Walton stated that he was shocked by the admission of Thompson, a college educated man. “rabbit hole” Trump has spread conspiracy theories, lies and deceitful statements that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against his character.

“We saw it happen in Nazi Germany. A very educated, intelligent population was able to be swayed to engage in the atrocities that took place in Germany based upon a demagogue,” Walton stated that according to Business Insider. “It seems to me you bought into that same type of mentality,” He concluded.

Walton called it “utterly scary that we still have millions of people … still buying a lie that’s not based on anything other than someone who’s unhappy because they didn’t get what they want.” He probably meant Trump, who was furious at his loss of popular vote and the Electoral College.

Thompson was convicted earlier in the year. obstruction of a government proceedingHe was also found guilty of entering a restricted building and disorderly and disruptive behavior. Trump supporters invaded the building and stole government property including a coat-tree and a bottle from a Senate Office. He was also found guilty. Capitol.

Thompson testified that he believed Thompson was following “presidential orders” He stormed the Capitol A mob was intent on disrupting Congress’s meeting to certify the electoral votes of Joe Biden.

On Friday, he told Walton that he was “deeply ashamed” And apologized to America Capitol Police “everyone in the United States.”

He admitted his “participation in the insurrection threatened the government.”

In April after Thompson was found guilty by a jury, Walton issued a warning. “our democracy is in trouble because, unfortunately, we have charlatans like our former president, who doesn’t, in my view, really care about democracy but only about power,” Business Insider reported. “As a result of that, it’s tearing this country apart.”