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Democrats Ask Latham Condemation

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Monday called on Iowa Republican Congressman, Tom Latham, to comdem recent Rush Limbaugh radio show comments, in which Limbaugh reportedly compared Democrats to Hitler's Nazi party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issed the following press release.

Rush Limbaugh's outrageous comments comparing Democrats to members of Hitler's Nazi Party and his use of the Nazi swastika on his website has received wide criticism. Representative Tom Latham ought to do the right thing and speak out against Rush Limbaugh's hateful and destructive comments.

"Rush Limbaugh's comparison of Democrats to Hitler's Nazi Party and use of the Nazi swastika is as disgusting as it is shocking," said Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "At a time when Iowa's families need real and serious solutions to making health care more affordable, Rush Limbaugh is using symbols that are synonymous with hate and intolerance.   Representative Latham should show some courage and immediately condemn Rush Limbaugh's hateful rhetoric."

   

Background

 

  •   Rush Limbaugh compares Democrats to Hitler's Nazi party and compares President Obama's health care logo to a Nazi swastika.  [Los Angeles Times, 8/6/09] 
  • "... the Democrat Party and where it's taken this country, the radical left leadership of this party bears much more resemblance to Nazi policies than anything we on the right believe in at all..." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/6/09]

  

Anti-Defamation League on Rush Limbaugh

"Regardless of the political differences and the substantive differences in the debate over health care, the use of Nazi symbolism is outrageous, offensive and inappropriate," Anti-Defamation League chief Abe Foxman told ABC News.  "Americans should be able to disagree on the issues without coloring it with Nazi imagery and comparisons to Hitler. This is not where the debate should be at all." [ABC, 8/7/09]

The American Jewish Congress on Limbaugh

            "The Limbaugh comments comparing Obama (and Pelosi)to Hitler and the Nazis are grossly offensive and intolerable. They reflect a nasty and hyperbolic tendency on our political culture, one which makes reasoned discourse impossible, confuses disagreement with evil, and which makes it impossible to distinguish evil from ordinary politics. ... It behooves all participants in the political process to unequivocally disavow the comparison and to make it plain that peddlers of such noxious comparison have no place in our politics, no matter how large their audiences.  And all Americans should make plain their disgust at the comparisons by talk show hosts by a prompt use of the off button." [ABC, 8/7/09]

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Limbaugh


"It is preposterous to try and make a connection between the President's health care logo and the Nazi Party symbol, the Reichsadler" said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. [JTA, 8/7/09]

Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks on Limbaugh


"I hadn't seen the Rush Limbaugh thing. That is insane. What he's saying is insane." [NBC's Meet the Press, 8/9/09]

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