Political analyst Nina Khrushcheva, great granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, chided Hillary Clinton Wednesday for comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler, saying, she “should know better to use a Hitler comparison” and that her comments only hurt the precarious situation in Ukraine.
After hearing from another guest analyst on the escalating situation in Ukraine, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave the floor to Khrushcheva for her thoughts on crisis:
Well my thoughts are, first of all, that Hillary Clinton should know better to use a Hitler comparison because it really doesn't help history, doesn't help Russia, and certainly doesn't help to understand Ukraine today. We may find some similarities, but the minute you use Nazis, the words Nazis or Hitler, the conversation goes in an entirely different direction. There are other historical comparisons she could have made that wouldn't have been that drastic. So that's my first thought.
After creating a stir Tuesday by comparing Putin's actions to Hitler's leading up to WWII, Clinton attempted to walk back her comments Wednesday by asking for "people to have a little historic perspective."
What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into eastern Ukraine because they had to protect the Russian minorities ... is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland, in Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe.