*The mayor of Philadelphia wasn’t trying to respect the ears of his religious audience on Tuesday when asked about Donald Trump’s recent remarks on Muslims.
“He’s an asshole,” Mayor Michael Nutter said at a press conference in front of more than 30 faith leaders, including imams and priests. “I apologize reverends [and] people in the religious community.”
Nutter was referencing remarks made by Trump on Monday, when the Republican presidential frontrunner said that as president, he would ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Democrats and Republicans alike condemned Trump’s remarks, along with the White House.
“How can I take seriously any foreign policy idea from someone like him?” Nutter asked. “It’s impossible. He has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Nutter also compared Trump to Hitler.
“This is the same tactic and strategy [as Hitler],” he said. “Find an enemy, convince people they’re the enemy, blame every problem on them and then try to get rid of them. Donald Trump is literally trying to radicalize our fellow Americans against our American Muslim and international Muslim brothers and sisters.”
“There’s no way I’m going to sit in a room with that idiot,” he added.
Of course, Trump tried to clap back:
.@Mayor_Nutter of Philadelphia, who is doing a terrible job, should be ashamed for using such a disgusting word in referring to me.Low life!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015