A day after ThinkProgress and others reported that Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. (R), Sheriff of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, told a “joke” at a Republican St. Patrick’s Day breakfast suggesting the nation would be better off if President Obama were assassinated, McDonald stood by his joke and compared his critics to Nazis.
Though McDonald’s office still has not responded to a request for comment from ThinkProgress, the Plymouth Patch reported Tuesday that Sheriff McDonald defended the “joke” as more than 150 years old and repeated it in its entirety. According to the story, McDonald attempted to spin himself as the victim of Nazi-like tactics: “The irony of it is, it’s perfectly OK for them [liberals] to make those jokes about President Bush or someone from the other side of the aisle. I can imagine what some of this place comes from not 2013 United States, it’s more like Nazi Germany in 1938.”
The report also notes:
“The joke I told was like The Christmas Carol story,” McDonald said Tuesday afternoon.”And I want to preface it by saying it’s something akin to a joke I’ve heard liberals tell.”
He said people have made death threats on his Facebook page and have called the joke treasonous. He called people who have complained about the joke and demanded that he resign “hypocrites.” …
McDonald defended the joke and called complaints about it were ironic. “The basic concept of it has been around since the Andrew Johnson administration,” he said. “The radical Republicans wanted him to take a much harder line on Reconstruction of the South, and the joke was that Johnson should have gone to the theater instead of Lincoln.”
Yesterday I plunged into the depths of the Twitter hashtag #TGDN to bring you the Best of Godwin: insane posts comparing President Obama to Hitler. If #TGDN was used to determine who should be allowed to own a gun, well, none of these people should be allowed to get near a supersoaker, much less anything that has bullets in it.
Going to #TGDN looking for Godwins is like descending into a huge sewer looking for the smelliest and biggest turd. It means there are a whole bunch of other turds floating around but they just don’t have enough chunks in them. The Godwins are coiled together with other looney shit, including Birther, Troofer, Debt, Spending, Abortion=worse than gun murder, MOAR GUNZ, Benghazi, Stalin, Lenin, Louis XIV, Washington/Jefferson fake quotes, Guns/Hammers fake statistics and other random bugfuckery.
First Godwin of 1/18/2013:
Nevertheless, providing historical context for the recent spate of ‘big lie’ accusations, the Associated Press told readers that ‘Nazi leader Adolf Hitler believed the ‘big lie’ had a greater chance of being believed.’ Well, not exactly. Hitler believed that the Jews believed the ‘big lie’ had a greater chance of being believed.
Nor can the reference be attributed the to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, whose only reference to a ‘big lie’ comes in a 1941 speech attacking Winston Churchill: ‘The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.’ This is only at slight variance with the Hitler citation, as Goebbels’ ministry routinely argued that the English government and media were manipulated by Jewish power.
As historian Randall Bytwerk, an expert in German propaganda, observes in his brilliant excavation of the ‘big lie’ myth, ‘only an incompetent propagandist warns his audience’ that he will embark on a massive campaign of manipulation and lying. Bytwerk, who tracks the proliferation of the bogus Goebbels quote on his blog, explains that while it is ‘widely believe[d] that the Nazis brazenly proclaimed their duplicity, they in fact proclaimed the opposite’ in their propaganda.
President of Palestinian Federation of South America Mauricio Abu-Gosh says Israel has “outdone its teachers.”
“The Nazis were children next to the actual Zionists as they are incarnated through the State of Israel,” Mauricio Abu-Gosh, a leader of the large and influential Palestinian community of Chile, was quoted as saying in Chilean media on Sunday.
Responding to an interview with the president of the Jewish community in Chile Shai Agosin that appeared in The Jerusalem Post on Friday, Abu-Gosh said the Jewish state was a product of Nazism and that it “has outdone its teachers in comparative terms.”
He added: “The Palestinians are suffering directly from a brutal genocide at the hands of the Israeli army.”
Abu-Gosh rejected Agosin’s comments that ties between Jews and Palestinians in Chile used to be good before taking a turn for the worse over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the two communities were “never close and I can’t imagine how they can be more distant at the moment.”
The Palestinian Federation of Chile is a group representing an estimated 400,000 Chileans of Palestinian descent, the largest such community in South America.
I hate Chilean Nazis.
yes, ladies and gentlemen, gun control was responsible for the holocaust
State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. released a lengthy thousand word statement today outlining his views on abortion. Mr. Diaz explained why he believes abortion amounts to the “killing of unborn babies” and why he thinks it’s time to “forget about being politically correct by being Pro-Choice.”
“Hitler was pro-choice. He chose to send the Jews to Auschwitz. That was not their choice that was Hitler’s choice,” Mr. Diaz said. “Murderers, assassins and criminals are pro-choice. They choose to put a gun to your head and take your life. That is not your choice. That is their choice.”
Mr. Diaz’s statement on abortion, which was part of his regular “What You Should Know” email newsletter series, was inspired by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature considering the Reproductive Health Act, which would change state law to treat abortion as a public health issue rather than a criminal one and would guarantee women the right to have access to contraception or abortion care. According to Mr. Diaz, if the Reproductive Health Act became law, it “will make abortion on demand a reality in the State of New York.”
Hank Williams Jr., the voice famous asking millions of football fans whether they’re ready for some football, has been pulled from tonight’s broadcast of “Monday Night Football” over a comment he made on Fox News this morning.
Williams, who sings the lead-in song to the game each week, criticized the president for his golf summit with House Speaker John Boehner this summer.
“It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu,” Williams told “Fox & Friends.”
USA Today, among others, picked up the quote, speculating on whether the comparison would get Williams booted from the broadcast.
This afternoon, ESPN released a statement to the affirmative:
“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
A taxpayer-funded exhibit equates Republican governors with Nazism, and coincidentally proves progressive delusions.
“Artist” Sean Michael Stimac has released his piece, “The Faces of Fascism,” for display at the Marquette (Michigan) Arts and Cultural Center. In it, Republican governors Walker, Kasich, Scott, and Snyder appear on a Nazi-style propaganda poster with the visage of the Third Reich’s eagle, and in its talons is not the swastika, but the Republican Party’s token elephant.
A Massachusetts proposal that would require lobbyists in the statehouse to wear ID badges was met Wednesday with a comparison to Holocaust-era tattoos.
“The idea of the badge by lobbyists to me, I kind of find that revolting,” Democratic Rep. John Binienda, chairman of the House Rules Committee, told the Massachusetts State House News Service. “Hitler during the concentration camps tattooed all of the Jewish people so he would know who was Jew and who wasn’t and that’s something that I just don’t go along with.”
The lobbyist identification proposal is part of a set of Republican-sponsored ethics reforms meant to foster transparency and pare back outside influences on the state legislature following the recent conviction of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi on charges that he oversaw a scheme to steer two state contracts worth $17.5 million to a software firm in exchange for payments.