GOHMERT FEARS DEBT-DRIVEN HOLOCAUST…. It’s amazing what one can learn listening to a House Republican.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) attempted to deliver a dire warning about debt and deficits during a House floor address Friday. While doing so, however, he managed to spin a cautionary historical tale linking the current trend of spending to the Holocaust.

After claiming that ignoring what he depicted as the current budget crisis would cause Congress to “lose the country,” Gohmert delved into his analysis of post-World War I Germany.

“And ultimately, as the country’s economy collapsed, they became so desperate, they were willing to elect a little guy with a mustache who began to blame those of Jewish origin, leading to the worst holocaust in the history of mankind,” Gohmert said. “What opened the door for this barbarian to take over such a proud country and lead them into this unthinkable, horrible crime against humanity?”

The congressman continued: “Over six million Jewish people were killed, exterminated. Economic problems, spending too much, owing too much, trying to print money to make it up didn’t work, so they got desperate.”

Watching the video of the deeply strange congressman, I was also struck by Gohmert’s warning that the United States won’t exist in four years unless the deficit is brought down, and his citation of a history book.

“Now the Germans, after World War I, thought perhaps they could print the money fast enough so that they could pay the massive indebtedness they had after World War I, and that could get them on solid footing,” Gohmert said. “Some remember the cartoons from the history books. There are people alive today that remember themselves. Wheel barrows being, with cash being carried, to buy bread. That was a cartoon, I saw it in my history book.”

What’s more surprising, Gohmert claiming German debt led to the Holocaust or Gohmert claiming to have read a history book?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.