Nazi symbols show up at Wisconsin rally
February 18th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
11 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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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    RepubliCAN'T Plants!!!

    February 18, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    @ Jamie - How do you know that Obama's organization is directing this? Who have you talked to and what other evidence do you have? Just because people believe in the same or similar things doesn't mean that the communicate or organize together. I don't think that any reasonable organization would advocate call the governor an Nazi because he doesn't advocate hate and the death of certain people. He is just advocating for workers to be in fear of losing their jobs and getting little in the way of compensation.

    February 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Gregory Hodges

    Listening to Republican outrage is pathetically hilarious. They think nothing of portraying pictures of President Obama in the most obscene manner; and call it free speech. Working class families call the G.O.P. fascist dictator exactly what he is; and the G.O.P. whine about a few signs in a crowd of thousands. The U.S. is becoming a right-wing basket case these days.

    February 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    It does not matter about the SIGNS – LQQK @ the COLOR! of the people holding the SIGNS!

    February 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. peace

    those people with those sign is paid by rush and glen. this is there style.

    February 18, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Squealy

    I'm a liberal dem, but I can't condone the Hitler signs. I think it's horrid when republicans and tea baggers refer to President Obama that way, and I think we need to have integrity on this side of the field and not stoop to that kind of thing either.

    February 18, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Chipster

    The Bush Administration pushed unfunded mandates on the states for a reason. It was not accidental. They doubled the deficit, also not by accident. The GOP goal is to bankrupt the government so they can justify dismantling Social Security, Medicare, and privatize the VA. They bankrupted the states with unfunded mandates to create a situation that would justify destroying unions.

    Teachers, firefighters, police – how many of them voted for the Bible-thumping, flag waving GOP? Ask them for whom they voted?

    February 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Squealy

    Where do you get that "Obama's organization" is behind this? Sounds more like conservative lies from the likes of FOX again.

    February 18, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Inmyopinion

    I think any Democrat, Republican Senator, Congressman that abandons his duties as those in Wisconsin have done by fleeing their state allowing their communities, the runnings, safety of the state to be inconvenienced, harmed, endangered should lose their positions permanently and be replaced immediately by the runner up in the election. I don't understand why President Obama is not upset that these communities are being harmed, endangered, abandoned by government employees, especially schools. Everybody else is having to take pay cuts, less benefits, work less hours so why should these government employees be special, privileged to keep all their goodies when the country is in financial trouble????

    February 18, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Jeff from Va

    Wow, if this was the Tea Party, they would be "Blasted" all over the main stream media, I guess this is "Double Standard".

    February 18, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Fascism: Political ideology supporting a nationalistic authoritarian centralized government.

    Sorry guys, but the definition fits here, unlike your incorrect usage of the word "socialism" to describe a bill that tells people to buy private insurance and helps them afford it if they can't, basically gifting the private insurance industry with customers.

    This is nothing more than the GOP's continued attack on individual voters by attempting to give themselves permanent control through corporate money. They want to get rid of the unions because they're the only thing left that can amass the influence and money to combat corporate control of our allegedly democratic processes. Kiss the country goodbye if they succeed, beacuse you'll be working more hours for less pay and reduced benefits...if you even get benefits. We'll be right back where we started the 20th century...whic is precisely where the GOP and corporations want us.

    February 18, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Ha!how!cute

    They are really brave spew hate where it is 99 percent white people they might as well protested on mars 4 real wisconsin! The only black people there are bucks and packers players

    February 18, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Richard Adler

    Nazi signs are not appropriate, but Governor Walker is telling the Big Lie. The Capitol Times of Madison reported that Walker first created "more than half" of the budget shortfall with his legislative initiatives. Walker added $140 million in spending for special interest groups in January, and now he claims there is a $137 million deficit. On January 31 the State's Fiscal Bureau determined the state would end the year with a balance of $121 million. Walker wants state employees to pick up the tab for his tax cuts and special interest initiatives and at the same time take away employee bargaining rights. Walker has precipitated the state's budget problem and falsely blamed state employees and hides behind the Big Lie he has concocted.

    February 18, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As much as I hate to disagree with a lying right wingnut bagger, fact check has the average teacher salary in Wisconsin at just over $51,000. However, if our teachers were to be treated like the teachers outside of our country, they would be paid like doctors. Right wingnuts have no use for educators or the educated as they refer to them as elitists.

    February 18, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. walt

    It shows both ignorance on both side
    If u even think of a a link between hitler
    And tea party or unions workers two signs outa hundreds
    Dosnt mean the whole crowd is belives that. Come on
    People its a non talking point let's get to the real problems
    The jews.

    February 18, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Felice j

    Oh well, so many people not only in Wisconsin but across this nation voted AGAINST their own interest by voting for Republicans. Never in all of my 48 yrs has a Republican administration been for the people. it has always sought to enrich their coffers on the backs of the working and the poor. Many who are protesting voted for this guy and he said exactly what he planned to do yet you voted him in anyway. Republicans always spout "rule of law" but they never follow it. anyone who votes for republican agendas are really blindsided and unfortunately stupid because you always cut off your won nose to spite your face when you vote in repubs. They aren't and never will be for the people! We are still in America and we have freedom to assemble and protest the wrongs and injustices wrought upon us whether on the state or federal level. Here in Virginia, I say I am with my fellow brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, Ohio and across this nation. enough is enough! The republican hate machine will not just roll over "we the people"

    February 18, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. kevin

    ah liberals...keepin it classy

    so those are the people teaching are kids hugh?

    February 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Marcus

    One – The swastic is a milenar symbol of hope and change, there's even about a dozen synagogues (all hundred of years old) that were build with it in one of its walls or the likes. Not to mention buddhist temples in China...
    So stop linking something good to the worst stuff ever disguised as an ideology.

    Second – He is not a nazi, not even close. He's a fascist and wants to use the dire economic situation in his state to strip workers of their rights. Fact.
    So stop disqualifying the 'Nazism'.

    February 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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