COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford posted a lengthy congressional farewell message on Facebook Wednesday, with a warning regarding politics in the era of President Donald Trump.
“I want to be clear and explicit that I am not likening Trump to Hitler, but the forces at play could lead to a future Hitler-like character if we don’t watch out,” Sanford said. “It must be remembered that another thing that Benjamin Franklin said was that he who trades his freedom for security, deserves neither. Indeed, how true.”
Sanford’s message only briefly mentioned President Trump, and he mostly focused on thanking his former wife Jenny and his sons, noting the “wear and tear” that political life had on their marriage.
He also mentioned colleagues who have been close to him throughout his political career.
He also thanked the people of SC for trusting him.
“I don’t know how to best express my deep appreciation to the people of the 1st District, and to the people of the State of South Carolina, for the trust they placed in me and the grace they offered me and the family,” he said. “It’s well-known that on some days I exceeded their expectations on duties performed. It is equally well-known that on other days I fell short...I can say with certainty that I have been blessed to serve a most grace-filled lot.”
Sanford explained that he had planned on giving his farewell address on the House floor, but didn’t due to the partial government shutdown underway in Washington last week.
You can read the full address on his Facebook page here.