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Extremist Rhetoric

 

The right wing has a history of resorting to extreme rhetoric to criticize their opponents-smearing progressives as Nazis and socialists, accusing them of being anti-American and anti-God, and attacking them with violent and racially-charged language.


CORE MESSAGE

NAZI RHETORIC

SOCIALIST OR FASCIST RHETORIC

ANTI-GOD RHETORIC

VIOLENT RHETORIC

RACIALLY-CHARGED RHETORIC

 



CORE MESSAGE

  • These attacks are baseless smears used to divide us against each other.
  • Freedom of speech is a pillar of our Constitution. We should all honor that freedom by holding ourselves accountable to a better standard.


NAZI RHETORIC

Right-wing media figures with millions of listeners and viewers have repeatedly compared President Obama, Democrats and progressives to Adolf Hitler, Nazis, and brownshirts.

  • Progressive groups such as unions are "brownshirts" and "henchmen."
  • Obama and the Democrats present as great a threat to America as "Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."
  • There are countless "similarities between the Democratic Party of today and the Nazi Party in Germany."
  • "Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate."
  • "Obama wants to gas the Jews...like the Nazis gassed the Jews."
  • People in progressive movement are "the brownshirts of today...the same rabble that brought Hitler to power."
  • President Obama's advisors have "the kind of thinking that led to...the extermination program that eventually led to the Holocaust."
  • Obama and the Democrats threaten America as much as "Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."


SOCIALIST OR FASCIST RHETORIC

Right-wing media figures and elected officials accuse their opponents of socialism and fascism in a partisan effort to smear them.


ANTI-GOD RHETORIC

Right-wing media figures and elected officials frequently attacks progressives on the ground of faith and accuse them of being "enemies of God," despite the fact that more than 90% of Americans -- including most Democrats and Republicans -- believe in God. Conservatives claim:


VIOLENT RHETORIC

In the past few years there has been an outpouring of violent rhetoric and imagery from right-wing media figures and even elected officials. 


RACIALLY-CHARGED RHETORIC

Right-wing media figures and elected officials employ inflammatory racial rhetoric to smear their political opponents and divide America.



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