MSNBC’s Schultz Compares Tea Party Movement to Nazi 'Brown Shirts' to Demonize Beck Rally

August 25th, 2010 6:52 PM

Wasn't comparing your political opponents to Nazis once a no-no? I mean, just remember how upset the liberal concern police would get if some wayward individual at a Tea Party event in some random place in the United States had a homemade sign protesting President Barack Obama and invoked Nazi Germany symbolism?

Well, you would think - or at least expect a national TV host (even with considerably lower ratings than his competition) would certainly avoid using Nazis symbolism to attack those with which they disagree, right? No, apparently it's just a double standard. On MSNBC's Aug. 25 "The Ed Show," a seemingly angry host Ed Schultz said he was "fired up" about the Aug. 28 Glenn Beck event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"This is the story that has me fired up tonight - Glenn Beck is distorting Martin Luther King's dream and his Tea Party followers are on edge," Schultz sais. "You know, I just sense that we are going down a very dangerous road right now when a political organization like the Tea Party has members trying to intimidate elected public officials."

According to Schultz, since a blog had posted home addresses of some prominent Democrats - two of which won't even be in Washington, D.C. because of the August recess, it was an indictment of the entire Tea Party movement as a violent operation.

"A Tea Party blog in Maine listed the DC home addresses of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, White House former communications director Anita Hill -- Anita Dunn, and also her husband White House counsel Bob Bauer. Can somebody tell me why? What is the usefulness of this? Do they actually want people to show up outside their door maybe help them get the morning paper?"

And thus since this blog based Maine posted this information, the entire Tea Party movement was the modern equivalent of the Brown Shirts, an organization that aided the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930s.

"Folks, this is what the Brown Shirts did in the 1930s in Germany," Schultz said. "They used to target businesses, target people, target families, list names, attack their businesses. This isn't about protesting. This sets the table for intimidation and harassment."

And this wizard of smart took a step further to say former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck were liable since they weren't policing the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of their supporters.

"Hate mongering leaders of the Tea Party are endorsing this behavior with their silence, their silence is deafening on this issue," Schultz said. "Now Sarah Palin, if I remember the news, went nuts when a reporter moved in next door to her and she was complaining about her privacy being invaded. Yet, she remains silent when members of her Tea Party publish the home addresses of the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader. For Glenn Beck, you it's just not good enough to have a successful radio and TV show. He has to whip up the crazies to the point where they are encouraging each other to intimidate and instill fear. This could set the table for stalking because no one can tell us where all of this ends."