Right Wing Claims About Obama/Hitler Signs Debunked

Debunking right wing claims can be a full time job considering how frequently they arise. The latest to excite the conservative blogospohere is a claim that those bringing anti-Obama Nazi signs to health care town halls were really Democratic plants. Fortunately some journalists do spend the time researching these claims. David Weigel found that it was really a Lyndon LaRouche supporter, not a mainstream Democrat, who carried the sign in question:

A conservative Michigan blogger is accusing Democrats and “union thugs” of “planting” a man holding a sign comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler at a town hall meeting held by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). The evidence: One FreeRepublic.com member claimed to see the man (who was African-American) passing out Dingell literature.

The truth is a little murkier than that. The man was a supporter of fringe Democratic activist Lyndon LaRouche, whose LaRouchePAC has been running with the “Obama=Hitler” theme for a few months now. That “I’ve Changed” poster seen at the rally can be downloaded as a PDF from LaRouche’s Website.

Conservative blogger Stephen Gutowksi pointed out the LaRouche connection in a video linked by BlogProf, the Michigan conservative who questioned the Dingell event.

What’s this mean? It’s really not good for conservative opponents of Democratic health care reform plans when their fellow activists are pictured with signs comparing the president to Hitler or accused of painting swastikas on congressional offices. The solution: Blame these incidents on “plants” or call them hoaxes. If they want to know how hard this will be, though, they should ask the anti-Iraq War protesters who watched coverage of their events focus on the craziest, fringiest people there. The LaRouche cultists are not “plants.” They want, sadly, to be allies.

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  1. 1
    Mr. Jeffersonian says:

    I remember watching a video on youtube showing a Tea Party rally in Texas with a man holding a sign reading “Save the White Race” An African American Conservative confronted the man asking him what race had to do with why they were there.  After being unable to make a clear point and well deserved condemnation from the surrounding crowd, the man with the sign walked away, but instead of being alarmed as to why their rally would attract such an individual, the black conservative just brushed it off claiming that the man was obviously planted there by the Democrats in order to discredit the cause.  I swear it was even more disturbing thanthe man with the sign himself.

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    Nigel says:

    Well, I don’t know which video you watched but I do not remember him calling the LaRouche guys Democrat plants.  I remember him debunking Nancy Pelosi’s claim that conservatives were carrying swastikas to the town hall meetings. 

    Where do you people get your news?  Oh, yeah, the MSM.

  3. 3
    Ron Chusid says:

    Nigel,

    Maybe you should start paying attention to the real news for a change rather than dismissing it. Multiple pictures have been posted showing the conservatives carrying swastikas. Pelosi was right.

  4. 4
    Mr. Jeffersonian says:

    Nigel is completely missing the point. These people are so hellbent on opposing the President at all costs that they refuse to even acknowledge just how perverted their “liberty campaign” has become by extremists.

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