Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no evidence whatsoever to back up her claim that protesters have been carrying “swastikas and symbols like that” to townhall meetings on health care as evidence of their political affiliation or sympathies, it appears she’s projecting her image of what she thinks these protesters her onto reality. She just assumes that those protesting Democratic policies would carry such symbols.
Does she really paint her adversaries with such a broad brush, believing them akin to Nazis while at the same time the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose job it is to keep Democrats in the majority and thus Mrs. Pelosi as Speaker has been whining that Rush is calling them Nazis! Talk about pots calling kettles black.
Basically, we’ve got a leading Democrat who ascribes fascist sympathies to her political opponents. She is one prejudiced lady.
And once again, why can’t a Democrat accept that there is legitimate — and passionate — opposition to her policies? Why must must she dismiss those who speak out as “astroturf”? Can anyone point to any evidence of her recent Republican predecessors, Dennis Hastert or Newt Gingrich, so portraying their political opponents while in office?
(Via Gateway Pundit who has more, including actual footage of protesters pasting the swastika on their placards.)
UPDATE/FROM THE COMMENTS: One of my critics contends that yes, indeed there were swastikas at some of the rallies. And he’s right. Only problem for his argument is that the protesters had signs showing that Nazi-appropriated symbol with a slash through it–to indicate opposition (or the actual word “No,” also to indicate opposition.
Given that the Speaker was comparing the protesters, as James Taranto’s observation below indicates, to Nazis, I have tweaked the post slightly to show my intent with the expression, “no evidence whatsoever.”
Let’s review her words again: “I think they’re AstroTurf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.” Who carries swastikas? Nazis. Pelosi did not complain that the protesters were comparing ObamaCare to Nazism; she insinuated that they are Nazis.
The most charitable thing that can be said about the speaker’s comment is that it was no better than the speech she was criticizing. She likened her political opponents to Nazis, just as a handful of them had done to their opponents.