Campaign 2010

Mar 31, 2010

New Republican Front Group Has History of Hateful Rhetoric

The leadership of the League of American Voters, a new Republican front group fighting against health insurance reform, has a long history of hateful rhetoric including claiming that President Obama, “will help create a danger as great as that posed by the Nazis to the Jewish people.” The leadership of the organization, which has already been forced to modify its false advertizing, has compared President Obama to Hitler on numerous occasions including the outrageous claim that Obama poses the same threat to Jews that Hitler did.

 

“Over the past year, Republicans have employed a lot of extreme language but the hateful rhetoric of the leadership of the League of American Voters is unacceptable,” said Ryan Rudominer, National Press Secretary of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Claiming that President Obama’s policies are equivalent to the mass murder of Jews is despicable and it is time for Republicans in Congress to disavow this hate group that is working on their behalf.”

 

Background

 

  • The League of American Voters, a new Republican front group fighting against health insurance reform, has been forced to modify its false advertizing. [Media Matters for America, 3/3/10; Syracuse Post-Standard, 3/3/10]

 

  • Morton Pomerantz, one of the four staff members of the League of American Voters, wrote a Newsmax column arguing that Obama posed as great a threat to the Jewish people as Hitler did. He wrote, “It is no coincidence that we are witnessing this level of hatred toward Jews as President Barack Obama positions America against the Jewish state… And if his views are not vigorously opposed they will help create a danger as great as that posed by the Nazis to the Jewish people.” [Newsmax, 6/10/09; League of American Voters Staff]

 

  • Phil Brennan, one of the four staff members for the League of American Voters, wrote a Newsmax column arguing that the election of then-Senator Barack Obama would be a repetition of the German people backing Hitler in the 1930s. Brennan wrote, “Like the German people of 1932, many Americans seem to be willing to put our future in the hands of a messianic leader with abundant oratorical gifts, a questionable and largely unknown past and a unshakable conviction born of a socialistic background that America can spend its way out of a debacle initially caused by trying to spend our way into prosperity.” [Newsmax, 10/10/08; League of American Voters Staff]

 

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