Congressman James Clyburn was on Sirius/XM’s POTUS Channel yesterday and used the opportunity to attack the right wing bloggers:
“You have people’s words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media, and before you know it, people believe that stuff,” Clyburn said.
The consequences of such misrepresentation, Clyburn warned, could be severe.
“The people of Germany believed Hitler’s foolishness that led to the Holocaust. They believed that stuff,” Clyburn said. “People will tend to believe what they hear through the media.
Clyburn singled out “extreme right-wing” bloggers in particular for criticism. He accused such bloggers of forcing Shirley Sherrod to resign from the Department of Agriculture after misrepresenting statements she made to make her appear racially biased. He also said they had libeled the progressive group ACORN, leading to the group’s disbandment.
Clyburn is talking about people like me. I wrote about the Sherrod Case and covered the fact that by 2011 Acorn had been charged or convicted of voter registration fraud in 16 different states. (Here is a partial list).
As for the Sherrod Case, Andrew Breitbart does not need me to defend him: He did it well enough himself.
Attacks on the right-wing blogosphere are common practice, but one part of Rep. Clyburn’s comments is way over the line. That is the part where he accuses right-wingers of using Hitler-like tactics.
EXCUSE ME? Hitler? REALLY?? How dare he cheapen the memory of the Holocaust with inappropriate references. I am sick and tired of Democrats and their fake Shoah references (Shoah is the word Jews use for the Holocaust it’s Hebrew for Disaster).
Rep. Clyburn, allow me address the charges you made against my colleagues and me by asking you some questions:
Rep. Clyburn, I have many relatives with this on their arm. How many do you have?
Rep. Clyburn, I never met some of my family because Hitler killed them and buried them in mass graves or cremated their bodies. When you compared me to Hitler, were you saying that I do that to people? Can you pick out any of your relatives in this photo?
Rep. Clyburn, after the Nazi’s gassed their victims, they collected their hair, clothes, glasses, gold teeth, and even artificial limbs to be used by the Third Reich. With the comparison you made on Sirius/XM, were you saying I do that after I post a story? Were one of your relatives’ artificial limbs recycled after they were stripped naked and gassed?
If “extreme right-wing” bloggers didn’t force innocent people to put tattoos on their arms and crowd them into death camps where they would suffer torture till they were gassed, shot, or died some other horrible death, your comparison to Hitler, is not only false and inappropriate. It cheapens the memory of those who suffered during the Holocaust and those who try to honor their memories.
Rep. Clyburn your people have also suffered. They endured the unendurable, the unforgivable horrors of slavery. I would never cheapen the memory of their suffering (or even the later suffering of those who fought for civil rights in this country) by haphazardly calling people racist. I would never frivolously call people racists or slave owners. So why do you cheapen the memory of what Hitler did to my people?
If you want to call me names, go ahead. It’s still a free country. But leave the Shoah out of it!
Rep. Clyburn, you owe the victims of Hitler and their survivors an apology!