As Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott appeared as a guest on Thursday's Erin Burnett Outfront to discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, host Burnett actually asked him of those who attack Donald Trump by comparing him to Adolf Hitler: "Do they have a point?"
At 7:45 p.m. ET, the CNN host brought up the subject of Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from immigrating into the country. Burnett:
So Donald Trump also made some comments to CNN last night, as you know. He has said that he would ban non-American Muslims temporarily from entering this country until he revamps the entry system. He was asked about the religion of Islam last night here on CNN, and here's what he said.
Then played a brief clip of Trump from CNN Wedesday night. Trump: "I think Islam hates us. There's something there, there's tremendous hatred."
Recalling the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, Governor Scott responded:
Well, we're sitting in Miami. I was at a funeral two years ago for the journalist, Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by radical Islamists. There are people who clearly hate America. Now, there's people that love America. It's no surprise that radical Islam does not like our country. But when I think about this, I think of what's happened to people like Steven Sotloff.
The CNN host then followed up by seriously asking her Hitler question:
He had to be asked several times until finally Anderson Cooper asked him, "Do you mean radical Islam?" Then he said yes. He didn't take that at the beginning. And part of that, it's comments like those that are causing some to compare him to Hitler, people who do not like him.
The current president of Mexico, two former presidents of Mexico have compared him to Hitler. Vicente Fox, former president, specifically said, quote, "He reminds me of Hitler." It's direct. It's not an allusion. It's a direct thing. "He reminds me of Hitler." Do they have a point?