Given that his grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy, was one of the most notorious appeasers of the last century, you'd think Robert F. Kennedy Jr. might refrain from maligning anyone else as a Nazi sympathizer.
Turns out it wasn't just Grampa Joe with a soft spot for Der Fuhrer -- so did his second eldest son and future president John F. Kennedy during trips to Germany as a young man, according to a new book, "John F. Kennedy -- Among the Germans: Travel Diaries and Letters, 1937-1945." (Audio after the jump)
Excerpts from the book were published last month in the Daily Mail newspaper in Great Britain under the headline, "How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President's praise for the Nazis as he traveled through Germany before Second World War."
Among the observations from Kennedy during his visit to German in 1937 while a student at Harvard --
Fascism? The right thing for Germany.
What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?
The Nordic races certainly seem to be superior to the Romans.
Here's what Kennedy wrote about Hitler after visiting his Bavarian retreat at Berchtesgarden and a tea house built for him on a mountain --
Who has visited these two places can easily imagine how Hitler will emerge from the hatred currently surrounding him to emerge in a few years as one of the most important personalities that ever lived.
Even after the war that claimed the life of his older brother Joe, Kennedy was praising Hitler while passing through the ruins of Berlin in 1945 following the German surrender --
His boundless ambition for his country made him a threat to peace in the world, but there was something mysterious about him. He was the stuff of legends.
RFK Jr., appearing on Ed Schultz's radio show Tuesday with guest host Mike Papantonio, his law partner and co-host of the weekend radio show "Ring of Fire," rejected parallels between the Benghazi, IRS, and leak probe controversies engulfing President Obama and the Watergate scandal of four decades ago. Among the skullduggery of the Nixon White House cited by Kennedy was an alleged plot involving G. Gordon Liddy to kill columnist and longtime Nixon nemesis Jack Anderson. While describing this to Papantonio (audio), Kennedy gratuitously smeared Liddy as "an admirer of Adolf Hitler." Much like your elders, Mr. Kennedy? And just out of curiosity, did that conspiracy against Anderson involve drowning him in a car?
Kennedy's remarks came just before today's 45th anniversary of the death of his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was gunned down by an Arab radical after winning the Democratic primary in California during the 1968 campaign. Had RFK survived and gotten elected, two things one can safely assume about a second Kennedy presidency -- Watergate never happens, and South Vietnam falls to the communists in 1970 instead of 1975.