* Ken Langone:
It turns out Ken Langone is not actually that sorry for comparing the fight against income inequality to the tactics employed by Nazis in the 1930s.
The billionaire founder of Home Depot had apologized shortly after making the comparison in March. But in an interview published Monday, Langone instead tried his best to defend those remarks.
“I pointed to the election in Germany in 1933 that brought Hitler to power," Langone told Capital New York. "He came to power through a totally democratic process. So I simply said that just because we’re a democracy that doesn’t mean we can't do bad things!" ...
* AFDI, a group run by Pam Geller and Robert Spencer:
A controversial anti-Islamic ad campaign will appear on the side of buses in Washington D.C. featuring the face of Adolf Hitler.
The advert will be on 20 metro buses and depict a meeting between the leader of Nazi Germany and anti-Jewish Islamic leader Haj Amin al -Husseini during World War II....
* Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Reuters also has a story here: "Top Aide Says Obama 'Madder Than Hell' About Veterans Allegations," and it's a story quoting what you just heard -- the chief of staff, Denis McDonough -- on Slay the Nation yesterday. (paraphrased) "We're gonna get to the bottom of this! We're gonna get to the bottom of this and we're gonna fix it, and we're gonna ensure that it doesn't happen again!"
Now, this is classic. This is exactly how stuff like this gets spun ("spinned," for those of you in Rio Linda) in dictatorships and in totalitarian states since time immemorial. For example, "Gosh, if Lenin only knew all these people are dying in Ukraine! God, if Lenin only knew, he'd be so mad that he wouldn't let this happen! If Stalin only knew!"
He was the genocidal dictator.
"If Stalin only knew! If Hitler only knew what was being done on his watch? Oh, my! Oh, gee! What if he only knew? If Castro finds out, oh, no! Who's gonna have to tell Castro that this is not working? Oh, no!" And then when the problem becomes too big to ignore, we hear, "Boy, is Stalin mad now! Boy, is Castro really mad now!" (Transcript from RushLimbaugh.com)
This is defining totalitarianism down. Do right-wingers believe that everything they hate is the moral equivalent of Hitler, or is almost like Hitler, or has the potential to be like Hitler? Geller probably does; the rest, in all likelihood, not.
They don't care. It gets the rubes riled up, and it gets up our noses. And the gatekeepers in the mainstream press would rather wring their hands over a few canceled commencement speeches than over routine group slander directed leftward.