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UK Police Commissioner Resigns Over Hitler Tweet

A deputy police and crime commissioner in Hertfordshire, England resigned Tuesday after retweeting a quote by Adolf Hitler.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/14/2013, 9:31 PM

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A deputy police and crime commissioner in Hertfordshire, England resigned Tuesday after retweeting a quote by Adolf Hitler.

In a message sent earlier this month that seemed to be comparing political opponents to Nazis, Rachel Frosh tweeted, “Dear Socialists, embrace your inner Nazism,” and linked to a picture of the Nazi dictator, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

The deputy police commissioner resigned Wednesday despite saying she did not remember sending the message.

Frosh also added a disclaimer to her Twitter account: "Tweets are in a personal capacity and retweets are by no means an endorsement."

She did say, however, that she agreed with the overall sentiment.

"My considered view is that the origins of Nazism do lie in traditional socialism and when the BNP [British National Party] do well it is with disaffected Labour voters," she said.

Nonetheless, Frosh added that, "I have also made it clear that I did not agree with the tweet and do not consider Labour and/or socialists associated in any way with them and I would not want people to think that."

"They [Nazis] are so far removed from mainstream political thought that they should be thought of as completely apart and not an extreme version of any mainstream party. The terms far-left or far-right are misleading,” she said, according to the BBC. 

Frosh continued to state that she resigned in order to allow police commissioner David Lloyd to maintain “constructive working relations with local politicians of all parties.”

“It would never be my intention to give that impression about Labour – who I have shared places with not only at Holocaust remembrances but also other human rights and anti-racist gatherings,” she said.

“I am sad to have to accept Rachel’s resignation,” Llody said.

“She has taken the honorable course of action by making this decision and I will miss her valuable contribution to my work to further improve policing and crime reductions for the public of Hertfordshire.”