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Jun 13 14 10:52 AM

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Virginia's House Republican primary victor Dave Brat has been caught up in a storm over an innocuous essay he wrote three years ago warning that Adolf Hitler's rise "could happen all over again."

Wall Street Journal writer Reid Epstein has been attacked by Breitbart reporter John Nolte for his "attempts to manufacture from thin air a political controversy" involving Brat, who caused a shocking upset this week by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary.

In 2011, Brat had written a 13-page essay in an issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, which included comments about Hitler's Nazi Germany.

In a column titled "David Brat's Writings: Hitler's Rise Could Happen Again," Epstein said: "It is the reference to Hitler's Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat's first full day as a tea party star."

But Breitbart's Nolte noted that Brat's comments were actually anti-Hitler

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