Campaign 2010

Aug 10, 2009

Day 4: Eric Cantor Continues Silence on Limbaugh’s Anti-Semitic Rant Despite Plenty of Criticism for

Day 4: Eric Cantor Continues Silence on Limbaugh's Anti-Semitic Rant Despite Plenty of Criticism for President Obama While Overseas


For four days now, Congressman Eric Cantor - the second ranking Republican in the House - has refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh's outrageous comments comparing Democrats to Nazis. Numerous Jewish organizations have since come out and condemned Limbaugh's reprehensible remarks. While traveling overseas, Cantor has yet to criticize Rush Limbaugh's hateful comparison of Democrats to Nazis, but he has had no shortage of criticism of President Obama.  Senator John McCain has said it is ‘totally inappropriate' for a Member of Congress to criticize the President while overseas.


"While Congressman Eric Cantor has refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh's hateful comparison of Democrats to Nazis for four straight days, that hasn't stopped him from criticizing the President while standing on foreign soil," said Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Congressman Eric Cantor needs to finally show some courage and immediately stand up to Rush Limbaugh and condemn his outrageous comments."



On Rush Limbaugh


Eric Cantor on August 1, 2009:


"My sense is that we need the ... Rush Limbaughs..." Cantor says. "We need all of them." [Haaretz, 08/01/09]


Rush Limbaugh on August 6, 2009:  


"... the Democrat Party and where it's taken this country, the radical left leadership of this party bears much more resemblance to Nazi policies than anything we on the right believe in at all..." [The Rush Limbaugh Show, 08/06/09]

Anti-Defamation League on Rush Limbaugh

"Regardless of the political differences and the substantive differences in the debate over health care, the use of Nazi symbolism is outrageous, offensive and inappropriate," Anti-Defamation League chief Abe Foxman told ABC News. "Americans should be able to disagree on the issues without coloring it with Nazi imagery and comparisons to Hitler. This is not where the debate should be at all." [Haaretz, 08/08/09]

The American Jewish Congress on Limbaugh

            "The Limbaugh comments comparing Obama (and Pelosi) to Hitler and the Nazis are grossly offensive and intolerable. They reflect a nasty and hyperbolic tendency on our political culture, one which makes reasoned discourse impossible, confuses disagreement with evil, and which makes it impossible to distinguish evil from ordinary politics. ... It behooves all participants in the political process to unequivocally disavow the comparison and to make it plain that peddlers of such noxious comparison have no place in our politics, no matter how large their audiences.  And all Americans should make plain their disgust at the comparisons by talk show hosts by a prompt use of the off button." [ABC, 08/7/09]

The Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized those who have injected Adolf Hitler into the discussion of President Obama's health care plan.

"It is preposterous to try and make a connection between the President's health care logo and the Nazi Party symbol, the /Reichsadler/" said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. [JTA, 08/7/09]


Eric Cantor's continuing reaction to Limbaugh's hateful statements:




On President Obama


Eric Cantor on August 6, 2009:


"We are concerned about what the White House has been signaling as of late in their desire to push through in terms of a Middle East peace plan." [The Hill, 08/6/09] 


Eric Cantor said Washington should be focused on the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran instead of pressuring Israel over Jewish settlements. [Voice of America, 08/09/09]


On Members of Congress Criticizing The President While on Foreign Soil


 Senator John McCain in 2002:

"These are members of Congress. If these members of Congress want to go to the floor of the House and criticize the president of the United States until the cows come home, fine with me, but don't go overseas... That is not appropriate behavior and I don't think it will be very well received by the majority of the American people. It's totally inappropriate." [CNN, 10/2/02]