The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement regarding the comments by Rush Limbaugh I blogged about earlier today:
New York, NY, August 7, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called attempts by some opponents of health care reform to bring Nazi imagery into the debate, “outrageous, deeply offensive and inappropriate” and condemned remarks by talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who compared President Obama’s health care logo to a swastika, and policies championed by the Democratic Party to those of the Nazis.
“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,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. “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.”
In recent days, street protests against President Obama’s health care plan have gotten ugly, with some protestors appearing in photographs wearing swastika and SS symbols.
That prompted Rush Limbaugh to remark on his radio program that, “They accuse us of being Nazis, and Obama’s got a healthcare logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook.” He went on to compare certain Democratic Party policies to those of the Nazis.
“Comparisons to the Nazis are deeply offensive and only serve to diminish and trivialize the extent of the Nazi regime’s crimes against humanity and the murder of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust,” said Mr. Foxman. “I don’t see any comparison here. It’s off-center, off-issue and completely inappropriate.”
Other Jewish groups have also weighed in on the comments:
I just got off the phone with Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He made clear that he has some “serious objections” to some of Obama’s policies — “especially in the foreign policy context” (read: Israel) — but was nonetheless scathing in his condemnation of Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s comments are “shameful,” “beyond the pale,” and “unworthy of Americans.” He said that to compare Obama’s health care package to Nazi programs, or to compare Obama to Hitler, is to “demean ourselves”; that efforts to compare Obama’s health care logo to Nazi logos are “preposterous” and “offensive”; and that Limbaugh’s monologue in particular was “really disgraceful.”
Yea, but disgraceful has been a Limbaugh trademark for going on three decades now.