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Smear: ACORN Thugs Are Obama's Civilian Force

September 17, 2009 9:50 am ET

President Obama's civilian force will be made up of ACORN thugs.

Smear: ACORN are "thugs," Obama's "civilian force."

President Obama's civilian force will be made up of ACORN thugs.

Glenn Beck:

"I played the clip for you of Barack Obama saying that he was going to build a well-funded civilian defense force [...] as I started to interview people who used to work at ACORN it started to dawn on me that ACORN is the beginning of it. It is an acorn, it is a seed. It is a seed that is going to grow into a mighty oak. [...] When I said they were building a civilian force nobody wanted to believe it, I still don't want to believe it. [...]  When I said SEIU and ACORN, these were the brown shirts, people said 'that's crazy,' and I hope to god it is, but you tell me what they are if they're not thugs enforcing the will of the masters in Washington." [The Glenn Beck Show, 8/07/09]

Sources:

Glenn Beck
WorldNetDaily

The Truth:

Obama was not referring to the SEIU and ACORN when he suggested a "civilian national security force"

Obama was suggesting expanding the foreign service, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps. As Media Matters for America has repeatedly noted, Obama's comments about the necessity of a "civilian national security force" came from a July 2, 2008, speech on service and referred to expanding the foreign service, AmeriCorps, and the Peace Corps.



 


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