[Ed. – Remember the context of the time. Bernie said this because he was a card-carrying socialist, and the line of the Soviet Socialists – North Vietnam’s patrons and opponents of the South and the U.S. – was that righteous Soviet (international) Socialism had prevailed over the evil National Socialist, Hitler. There were plenty of mere useful idiots in 1972 as well, but Sanders came by his idiocy through study and fealty to Soviet Marxist doctrine. The whole “compare everything you don’t like to Hitler” theme derives, for the radical Left, from Soviet-era propaganda.]
As antiwar sentiment spread across the country in the early 1970s, a young Bernie Sanders accused the United States of committing atrocities on par with those of Nazi Germany, saying U.S. military action in Vietnam was “almost as bad as what Hitler did.”
Speaking to a class of ninth graders during his 1972 gubernatorial run in Vermont, Sanders accused the United States of committing atrocities the students would not believe and defended the communist North Vietnamese fighters, according to reporting in the Rutland Herald, a Vermont newspaper. Sanders compared U.S. actions in Vietnam to those of Adolf Hitler, who murdered some six million Jews.
The American military undertook actions that were “almost as bad as what Hitler did,” the paper quoted Sanders as saying to the class of around 30 students at Rutland Junior High School.