It seems Nazis are the new black. It took two days for U.S. President Donald Trump to belatedly denounce American neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. In Japan, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, voicing admiration for German Nazis (“paleo-Nazis”?), suggested that Adolf Hitler, “who killed millions of people, was no good, even if his motives were right.”

After being criticized for his remarks, Aso later clarified that he regarded Hitler “in extremely negative terms” and believed his “motives were also wrong”; he merely wanted to “stress the importance of politicians achieving results.” This is not the first time Aso has praised Nazis. Four years ago, celebrating Nazi efficiency in passing revisions to the Weimar Constitution, he recommended the adoption of similar stealthy methods to pass his party’s revision of Japan’s.

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