Democrats blast Limbaugh for using Nazi imagery
Democrats, ADL slam talk show host for saying Obama's healthcare logo "out of Hitler's playbook."
By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, THE JERUSALEM POST, WASHINGTON
August 9, 2009 00:12
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Democrats intensified their war with Republican icon Rush Limbaugh this week by lambasting the controversial talk show host for comments using Nazi imagery to attack the Democratic Party on health care.
The Anti-Defamation League also joined in the criticism Friday.
"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," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said.
"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."
He pointed to recent protests against US President Barack Obama's health care initiative in which demonstrators appeared with swastikas. He also cited Limbaugh's recent statement that, "They accuse us of being Nazis, and Obama's got a healthcare logo that's right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook."
The Democratic Party seized on his comments and others that compared Democratic policies to those of the Nazi party to drum up support from their constituents, continuing their use of Rush Limbaugh as a popular rallying cry.
The National Jewish Democratic Council appealed to their backers to sign a petition to the parent company of Limbaugh's radio show to express displeasure at the top of the organization's Web site home page.
Limbaugh, a political lightning rod, has been a tool of the new Democratic administration in making the case that the Republican party has shifted too far to the Right and is out of touch with average Americans, but Limbaugh's show remains a broadcasting juggernaut and his place in the party firm.
Limbaugh could not be reached for comment.