Memories of Left-wing propaganda comparing George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler were burned out of the Conventional Wisdom last summer with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fallacious statement that health care protesters were wearing swastika armbands to townhall meetings. The extreme overuse of the term then looked like everyone finally realized what some of use have known all along – labeling someone a “nazi” is not only cliché, it’s a cheap and easy thing to do.
Now that Arizona has enacted the strictest anti-immigration laws in America, it looks like it’s springtime for Democrats who want to call Republicans “nazi” again. So, let’s take a look back at some of the other more memorable times Liberals brought up this colorful analogy.
Clinton Years and The Gingrich Revolution
After witnessing the disastrous beginnings of Bill Clinton’s first administration, Americans voted en masse for Republican candidates in 1994’s Congress and Senate races. This, of course, did not sit well with Democrats, who histrionically whined about “nazis” as they licked their wounds from the electoral beating they had just gotten. Here are a few highlights:
- On “CBS This Morning,” Democrat Sam Gibbons of Florida compared Republicans to Nazi’s when he said:
- During the battle of the budget in April of 1995, Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos tried to compare Republicans with the Nazi’s when he said:
- In a Sunday sermon on Jan. 30, 1995, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel quotes Jesse Jackson comparing Conservatives to Fascists:
- In August 1995, after the passage of Republican legislation, sore loser Democrat George Miller of California compared Republicans to Fascists when he said:
- Black Democratic New York Assemblyman “Denny” Farrell equated Republican lawmaker John Ravitz with Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Farrell said that calling Assemblyman John Ravitz a liberal Republican in the mold of New York Governor George Pataki,
- Although this quote is not specifically about The Gingrich Revolution, it is interesting to quote that Hollywood lefty Alec Baldwin has not had a love for the GOP for a long time. From in an interview in US Magazine in 1997:
“You’re a bunch of dictators, that’s all you are. I had to fight you guys fifty years ago!”
“Republicans were Goose Stepping in their pursuit of legislation.”
Lantos also tried to compare independent counsel Donald Smaltz, who was investigating Clinton scandals, to a nazi. While testifying before Lantos and a Congressional Committee, Lantos said to Smaltz:
“You remind me of the late and unlamented Curt Waldheim, who also had a lapse in memory. He conveniently forgot several years when he was a Nazi.”
When he was encouraged to apologize to Donald Smaltz for this remark, Lantos again tried to compare the Republican Party to the Nazi party, as well as the KKK, when he said:
“If you overlook your involvement in the KKK, the Nazi Party, or the Republican Party, you are lying, you are deceitful.”
(Announced on The Steve Malzberg Show when he played tapes of these remarks, 12/13/97)
“In South Africa we’d call it apartheid. In Germany we’d call it Fascism. Here we call it Conservatism. These people are attacking the poor!”
“It’s a glorious day if you’re a Fascist.”
“is like saying Goebbels was a liberal because he wasn’t as big a Nazi as Hitler.”
This quote from Farrell, printed in The New York Observer, is typical of the hate from the liberal left, comparing everyone they disagree with Nazis. ( “Pressured Dem Pol Backs Off Nazi Slur,” New York Post, by Dan Janson)
“Republicans are evil rotten people and they’re out to get our President!”
The George W. Bush Years
While Liberal use of the Nazi Card was strong during the Clinton Years, it was nothing compared to what happened after the Democrats lost the US Presidential campaign in 2000, which was Democrat Al Gore lose to Republican George W. Bush. Here are some highlights:
- When George W. Bush supporters finally got fed up and demonstrated vocally in Florida against the Democrat-Party-controlled electoral board attempting to conduct a recount in secret during the presidential election battle of 2000, New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler did the inevitable by comparing Republicans to Fascist! He said:
- In Albany on May 16, 2000, Democratic Party delegates spit at the honor guard made up of Albany State Troopers attending Hillary Clinton’s official acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the Senate held in Albany, calling them “Giuliani’s storm troopers.” (Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity radio shows, Thursday, May 18, 2000)
- In his New York Post column of Wednesday, August 20, 2003, page 29, entitled “In the Land of Bush Haters,” Rich Lowry writes:
- In an attempt to derail Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign to replace California governor Gray Davis in the October 7, 2003 recall election, liberals tried to portray Arnold as a Nazi because his father was a member of the Nazi Party. Of course, liberals never claimed that Al Gore was a Southern separatist bigot because his father voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act!
- In December 2003, the cover of the British edition of left wing Bush-hating New YorkTimes columnist Paul Krugman’s book, The Great Unraveling, was published with a photo of Vice President Dick Cheney defaced with an oil mustache in the style worn by Adolph Hitler. The words “Got Oil?” are dripped across Cheney’s forehead, in an obvious attempt to parody the famous “Got Milk?” advertisements.
- During the 2004 presidential campaign, the left-wing website moveon.org, financed by Marxist billionaire George Soros, posted a picture of George Bush wearing a Hitler mustache. This was far from an isolated incident on that website, which is one of the biggest over-users of the “Republicans are Nazis” mantra.
- In another one of his anti-George Bush tirades in June 2004, Al Gore accused Republicans of working with “rapid response digital Brownshirts.” the usual comparison of Republicans to Nazis. Of course, Al Gore conveniently forgot that his 2000 presidential campaign manager, Donna Brazile, set up a location known as “the slaughter house” where young computer whiz kids just sat at their computers all day, digging up dirt on Republicans in an effort to smear them during the election cycle. (Sean Hannity talk show, Thursday, June 25, 2004)
- When liberals had no facts to refute Vietnam Swift Boat veteran John O’Neill’s claim in his book “Unfit For Command” that Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry lied about his “heroic” service in Vietnam, the Left resorted to their usual tactic of discrediting the messenger when Left-wing website Salon.com referred to O’Neill’s book and the Swift Boat vets’ campaign adds as the “Hitler diaries of the 2004 election campaign.” (Announced on The Rush Limbaugh Show, Friday, August 20, 2004)
- During the 2004 presidential campaign, Bush-hating-left-winger Linda Ronstadt said the Bush administration is a “new bunch of Hitlers.” (USA Today, 11/16/2004)
- On Monday, July 8, 2002, Jesse Jackson struck again when he condemned George W. Bush’s political tactics during the 2000 presidential campaign as “Nazi-like” — a reference to false charges that Republican officials in Florida denied Blacks the right to vote. (Newsmax wires, Wednesday, November 10, 2004)
- In April 2005, a special judicial panel ruled that veteran appellate court judge Guido Calabresi violated ethics rules by likening President Bush to Mussolini and Hitler. Calabresi charged the U.S. Supreme Court handed Bush the disputed 2000 election over Al Gore, and complained about the president’s actions after taking office. “When somebody has come in that way, they sometimes have tried not to exercise much power. In this case, like Mussolini, Bush has exercised extraordinary power,” Calabresi said.
- On May 5, 2005, lefty Clinton-lover Barbara Streisand accused President Bush on her idiotic website propaganda rag sheet of “controlling” the nation by ginning up fears of another terrorist attack, saying the president’s tactics remind her of Nazi Luftwaffe Commander Hermann Goering. In a statement headlined “A Country Controlled by Fear,” Streisand complained:
- Left-wing radical Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq, and who demonstrated outside of President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch while he was taking a working vacation in August 2005, compared Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to “Hitler and Stalin.” (New York Post editorial titled “Cindy Sheehan’s Agenda,” Tuesday, August 16, 2005, page 28)
- And finally, how could we leave out failed talk show host and so-called “comedianne” Joy(less) Behar, who on Monday, December 18, 2006, said on her hate-filled show The View that Donald Rumsfeld was “just like Hitler”:
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accused Republicans of using Nazi and Fascist tactics during the 2004 presidential campaign. (Interview with Sean Hannity on WABC Radio, Wednesday, August 4, 2004)
- On January 2005, the notoriously unstable Ted Turner was at it again, comparing the Fox News Channel to Hitler. Addressing the National Association for Television Programming Executives in Las Vegas, Turner acknowledged that Fox News had overtaken CNN to become the top-rated cable news network, but noted that Hitler got the most votes when he was elected to run Germany. Turner showed his ignorance of history of course because Hitler never won a majority of votes. He won a plurality and was appointed Chancellor of Germany by Von Hindenberg.
- Shrivled-up calypso singer and Communist agitator Harry “Bongos” Belafonte went on whiny rant against Homeland Security on January 21, 2006, when he said the department employed “gestapo-like tactics.” In a speech to the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference, Bongos said:
- One of the biggest abusers of the “Republicans are Nazis” comparison is NAACP director Julian Bond. In February 2006, Bond, said that the
- Earlier, at the NAACP’s 94th annual convention in Miami in July 2003, Bond accused conservative Republicans of being a more sophisticated version of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis. He told the group:
- While we’re on the subject of Senator Byrd, in March 2005 he gave a speech on the Senate floor where he compared Republican efforts to end a Democrat filibuster of President Bush’s court nominees to Adolph Hitler’s manipulations of the law.This provoked a response from Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (and no GOP partisan):
“There’s a wiff of Fascism in the air.”
This from liberals who invented violent demonstrations!
“President Bush is routinely portrayed as a Nazi on left-wing Web sites, which post pictures of Bush with a Hitler mustache and sell T-shirts with Bush’s name spelled with a Swastika.”
Proving Lowry’s point, on the left-wing Web site Counterpunch.com, Dave Lindorff, a contributor to The Nation magazine and Salon.com, wrote in an article titled “Bush and Hitler: The Strategy of Fear”:
“It’s going a bit far to compare the Bush of 2003 to the Hitler of 1933. Bush simply is not the orator that Hitler was. But comparisons of the Bush administration’s fear-mongering tactics to those practiced so successfully and with such terrible results by Hitler and Goebbels [….] are not at all out of line. Hitler would be proud that an American president is emulating him in so many ways.”
Krugman’s book cover also carries an image of President Bush with Frankenstein-like stitches across his mouth and the word “Enron” dripped in oil across his forehead. Putting aside the lies which the book is obviously filled with, the shear hatred expressed on just the cover of this book is a classic example of all the political left has remaining. Hatred and lies! (Newsmax, December 2003)
Then, after President Bush’s reelection victory in 2004, the lefty singer was at it again when she called the Bush administration “a bunch of new Hitlers.” (Announced on Sean Hannity WABC radio show, Thursday, November 18, 2004)
It should also be noted that Ronstadt is good friends with fellow fatty Michael Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11 portrayed Bush as the second coming of Adolf Hitler and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as his Reichstag. Ronstadt also dedicated the song Desperado to him during a Las Vegas concert at The Aladdin Theater for Performing Arts on July 17, 2004, which didn’t win her any new fans.
Earlier, Calabresi said neither Hitler nor Mussolini were elected by the populace. ( “Ethics panel raps ‘Bush=Hitler’ Judge,” New York Post, Tuesday, April 12, 2005, page 26, by Carl Campanile)
“Bush’s actions remind me of Herman Goering’s quote during the Nuremberg Trials, where he stated: ‘Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism. [….]'”
Of course not only is this a lie, but once again liberals hypocrites accuse others of exactly what they are guilty of. Fear-mongering has become a mainstay of the Democratic party from scaring senior citizens about Social Security and Medicare to predicting riots in the streets if a Democrat isn’t elected.
A Fox News spokesperson responded: “Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network and now his mind – we wish him well.”
“We’ve come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended [….] “You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.”
Two weeks prior to making this statement, Bongos traveled to Venezuela, where he called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world.”
We’ll give him a pass on this one since we’re focusing on nazis here.
Then, in August 2005, when during an interview with Cybercast News Service reporter Marc Morano, Bongos went three-for-three when he said the following:
“[If] a black is a tyrant, he is first and foremost a tyrant, then he incidentally is black. Bush is a tyrant and if he gathers around him black tyrants, they all have to be treated as they are being treated.
“When asked specifically who was a ‘black tyrant’ in the Bush administration, Belafonte responded to this reporter, ‘You.’ When this reporter noted that he was a Caucasian and attempted to ask another question, Belafonte abruptly ended the interview by saying, ‘That’s it.’”
“Republican flag and the Nazi flag fly side by side.”
“The average KKK member may be stupid, but the well-financed forces of the radical right are not.”
The head of the allegedly nonpartisan civil rights group continued the attack, claiming that Republicans appeal
“to the dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality and practice racial division. Their idea of reparations is to give war criminal Jefferson Davis a pardon. Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate Swastika flying side by side.”
Of course, racial fraud and hypocrite Julian Bond failed to note that the only genuine ex-Klansman in Congress happens to be Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The NAACP quietly accepted an apology from Byrd for using the “N-word” twice during a nationally-televised interview in 2001. That incident was never mentioned again. (NewsMax Wires, Monday, July 14, 2003)
“It is hideous, outrageous and offensive for Sen. Byrd to suggest that the Republican Party’s tactics could in any way resemble those of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party.”
(“Shut ‘em Down Harry,” The New York Post, Thursday, April 28, 2005, page 35, by Maggie Gallagher)