Nazi symbols show up at Wisconsin rally
February 18th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Nazi symbols show up at Wisconsin rally

Washington (CNN) - The protests outside the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin this week aren't without some eyebrow-raising elements.

CNN producers have spotted at least three Nazi signs in the 25,000 person-deep crowd. Some signs depict Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dressed as Hitler while others show a swastika and call Walker a "fascist dictator."

The protests themselves are in response Walker's proposal to end collective bargaining for state and county employees.


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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists

    It is what it is. These so called republicans are FASCISTS. I don't know why people are just becoming aware to the fact. The people who call our President a socialist only do so because they are bigotted people and they can't look themselves in the mirror and realize that their values are FASCISM. Henceforth my name.

    February 18, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    If you're trying to persuade someone to listen to your concerns, probably best not to call them a Nazi.

    February 18, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Josh P

    You call him a dictator, but you voted him in office.

    February 18, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Are you kidding me? Have you seen some of the symbolism by your new fave, the Tea Party, CNN?

    February 18, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. akinnie

    so . . . 25,000 people and three such signs? How does that compare to the hundreds and hundreds of such signs (including pre-printed t-shirts, graphics etc) in various (usually much smaller) tea party organized "protests"? Seems like a false equivalency is being implied here. Perhaps we should all dispense with the nazi/fascist/socialist/yaddayadda nonsense.

    February 18, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Mike

    These people are probably getting what they deserve. They probably voted for the governor because they were outraged over the Obama, the Democrats, and "government healthcare." People all over the country chose in November. Now, live with it.

    February 18, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. gt

    wow ...yea thank a teacher for that sign.... sad...sad.. sad...

    February 18, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Mike

    These people are probably getting what they deserve. They probably voted for the governor because they were outraged over Obama, the Democrats, and "government healthcare." People all over the country chose in November. Now, live with it.

    February 18, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Person

    Come on, guys, you're not helping yourself with signs like this! :(

    February 18, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Frank

    the unions are the nazi's
    the dems gave them too much..and now it is diffiucult to take it back

    February 18, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Robert Wilson

    The swastika &natzi emblems/signs are a bit much, but what is transpiring across America's businesses is worker/employee infringements upon worker's rights. American businesses are tryinf to fashion their work forces as a watered down version of China's labor/slave labor. China likely has the most productivity productive country in the world. China treats their workers like crap as their businesses florish with huge profits!

    February 18, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Actually I have to say that when I heard that the governor had sent the police to pick up the lawmakers to forcibly bring them in that was my first thought . . . . hitler would have been proud!!!!
    Now we know who the real nazis are? Keep voting for the rethugs!!!!!! :)

    February 18, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. thomas

    Scott Walker = Tom DeLay

    February 18, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Funny how CNN all but ignored the swastika's and Hitler/Obama posters the TeaPers carried about during the Town Hall meetings and TeaPer protests of two years ago. Guess being on the Koch Brothers payroll has it's perks, right CNN? Only cover what it is THEY want covered, in the manner THEY want it stated. Less conflict in following THEIR orders . . .

    February 18, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Complex Justice

    This headline is incredibly misleading and might lead one to believe that protesters support Nazism when instead that notion is completely ridiculous. This is an example of irresponsible journalism in my opinion

    February 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Nini

    Where is Nancy Pelosi to cry and say that she has witnessed this kind of Rhetoric in the past?Hypocrisy.
    There are always people that are more dramatic than others and you hope that there are enough wise and mature people around that could be above it all when it matters.
    What is concerning to me is the fact that we have a President that gets involved in this and takes sides. And actually helps organizing the protest. This is dangerous for the country.
    He needs to be the President of pro and anti Union Americans.

    February 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. cathy

    unfortunately the word Union and thugs sometimes are intertwined.....Unions were wonderful at their conception however they have grown into greedy monsters. When senior citizens cannot afford their medication because of higher taxes to support teacher's union's demands it's time for them to be taken apart. No one likes to loose pay or benefits but it's time that the Unions have to give back a little and absorb some of the realities the rest of us are enduring.

    February 18, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. JD

    There is no need for this. Progressives do not need to resort to Tea Party tactics. Let them have the irrational, extremist rhetoric.

    February 18, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Socialist idiot = Democrats

    The democrats showing their true colors. This is something we all already knew though. Democrats spewing their hatred of anyone with a difference of opinion.

    February 18, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Voting Republican makes it clear now that you're voting to destroy your life.

    February 18, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. phyllis sanders

    This is what you get when you vote for a republican, when are the people of this country going to wake up, and realize, republicans are in this for themselves, too line their pockets, they don't want any one else having any thing, just them.

    So the next time it comes around to vote, you had better do your homework, before you vote, do not vote blind. Know who you are voting for.......... peace out.

    February 18, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Stupid morons. I guess they're taking their cue from the T-P'ers when they rally. At least these guys can spell, unlike the T-P'ers "Fashist Diktators Ridikewlus"

    February 18, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Socialist idiot = Democrats

    I say it's time for the Union thugs and tea partiers to meet on the streets and settle this once and for all.

    February 18, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    Good the republican governor is getting back what he deserves. It was okay when they did this too the president, no one made a fuss over it. But when it happens to a republican its a whole different story.

    February 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Inmyopinion

    Seems to me that if government employees abandon their duties that impact a community there should be a law that authorizes those employees to be replaced immediately as to not have the community be inconvenienced or endangered. Nothing new that people use Nazi, Hitler to set fear, to manipulate others, to discredit a politician. Seriously, it's time to come up with a better gimmick. Bottom line, these government employees are spoiled, they don't care to leave children without schooling, bring government offices to a stop and they don't care that Wisconsin doesn't have the money to keep paying for all their goodies and will have to end borrowing money to keep them living in the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.

    February 18, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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