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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Just Compared Himself To Hitler

Duterte made the connection between his campaign to kill suspected criminals and the Holocaust during a speech in Davao.

By Briana Altergott | September 30, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte just compared himself to Adolf Hitler.

"Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there is 3 million, there's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte said.

Duterte made the connection between his campaign to kill suspected criminals and the Holocaust during a speech in Davao on Friday morning.

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Ever since he took office in June, Duterte has overseen a bloody campaign against anyone and everyone he believes is involved in the drug trade, including addicts.

More than 3,000 people have reportedly died in police operations and vigilante killings since he became president.

Duterte has said in the past that his many threats against drug dealers and users are meant to scare them from participating in the trade.

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But Jewish groups say his comments Friday went way too far.

The president of the World Jewish Congress told the BBC, "What President Duterte said is not only profoundly inhumane, but it demonstrates an appalling disrespect for human life."

According to historians, at least 6 million Jewish people and 11 million people overall were killed in the Holocaust.

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