Remember when Hank Williams Jr. was fired from his Monday Night Football gig when he compared then President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler? This led Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood to sing “You can’t compare the president to Hitler!” in their opening to the 2011 Country Music Awards.

Apparently, Brad and Carrie were wrong.

As you have no doubt heard by now, earlier this past week, CNN’s pompous news anchor Don Lemon compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. To be fair to Lemon, he acknowledged this to be an “extreme example,” but this did not prevent him from making the extreme comparison anyway, suggesting that media should not give a platform to Trump — “a bad person doing bad things” — the way they supposedly gave it to Hitler.

Fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo rightly pointed out to Lemon that to make such a comparison is absurd: “You are now taking a guy who says things you don’t like and comparing him to a genocidal maniac.”

Larry Alex Taunton is an author, cultural commentator, and freelance columnist contributing to USA TODAYFox NewsFirst ThingsThe AtlanticCNN, and The American Spectator.  In addition to being a frequent radio and television guest, he is also the author of The Grace  Effect and The Gospel Coalition Arts and Culture Book of the Year, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens. You can subscribe to his blog at