Former Gov. Christie Whitman stands by tweet she deleted comparing Trump to Hitler

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Former Gov. Christie Whitman says she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

The Republican tweeted Hitler "has nothing on" Trump.

Whitman's tweet was in response to reports that a violent parody video depicting a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the media was played during a conference at his Miami golf resort.

Whitman tells WNBC-TV in New York the comparison was "inflammatory", but she hoped the shock value would make people realize the severity of the situation.

Whitman says she is "really frightened for the country."

After the White House released a statement condemning the video, Whitman posted another tweet saying the video was "the stuff of dictators."

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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