In the past few weeks, influential conservative talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, as well as some activists at town halls, have ratcheted up their radical rhetoric, repeatedly comparing President Obama and Democrats to Nazis. Though Limbaugh’s comments have been denounced by prominent Jewish groups, Republican leaders have been hesitant to criticize the rhetoric. Yesterday, however, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a member of the House Republican leadership, came close to criticizing Limbaugh, though she never mentioned him by name. Instead, McMorris Rodgers denounced the comparisons of Democrats to Nazis at town halls:
“I think the purpose of the town halls is for people to be able to express their views in an orderly and respectful manner, and that needs to take place on both sides,” said McMorris Rodgers, the fifth-ranking Republican in the House.
“I certainly don’t condone violence, I don’t condone calling President Obama Hitler and painting swastikas on signs at town halls,” continued McMorris Rodgers, vice chairwoman of the GOP conference.