People With Obama-as-Hitler Signs Spotted Outside Southeastern Michigan Post Offices
Meet the supporters of the LaRouche PAC who are campaigning for Democrat Bill Roberts, who is running for a U.S. House seat representing Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
Some of their signs call for voters to "Dump Obama" and others picture Obama with a Hitler moustache.
They drew anger and curiosity from a large Jewish community in West Bloomfield and others all over the 11th Congressional District. It's all part of the job for those volunteering outside of the West Bloomfield Post Office this past week.
"Even the people that so-called disagree with us, they don't know what they're disagreeing with," said volunteer Alan Egre in an interview with Nancy Kelsey of Northville Patch. "In a lot of cases when they talk with us and actually discuss what we're representing out here, a lot of them actually do agree with – principally – what we're doing."
The people behind the signs are supporters of the LaRouche PAC and several candidates around the country running for office. One of those candidates includes Democrat Bill Roberts, who is running against Syed Taj of Canton for a spot on the November general election ballot.
According to the group's website, the LaRouche PAC draws a comparison between Obama and Hitler because of what they perceive as Obama's fascism.
"As we speak, Obama is staging his Hitler coup in the form of the fascist Supercongress. Glass-Steagall has now become the only weapon of strategic defense that our nation has to head off this coup. Bankrupt the enemy, remove Obama from office," a passage on the site reads.
The group is named for Lyndon LaRouche. Its main focus is three-fold, explained volunteer Bob Baker. They advocate for a reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, which would keep commercial and investment banks separate; a national bank which would eliminate the need for the federal reserve; and the creation of the North American Water and Power Alliance is also important to the group, which would build a waterway from Alaska through the Plains states to Mexico.
The volunteers agreed that a big hindrance to these changes is President Barack Obama.
"Why do people say they like Obama? Cause they don't like Romney," Egre said. "We say we're not for Romney or Obama. We want a new candidate."
Volunteers have been seen in various locations in the 11th Congressional District, including Plymouth and Northville.
West Bloomfield reacts
West Bloomfield Patch users expressed disgust at the group's comparison of Obama to Hitler, especially in context of a video captured by a local Jewish official.
"I find this so unbelilevably (sic) offensive. And perhaps they do this to get a reaction, but I did tell them how disgusting this was...horrible," said Teri Weingarden, the Township Treasurer, in response to a Youtube link posted by Rabbi Jason Miller of Farmington Hills, which depicts a confrontation between Egre and himself.
"We're trying to tell them that every Jewish person that drives by here considers this hate speech," said a man on the video accompanying Miller, later identified as Michael Smolash, the Cantor of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.
Facebook users seemed to agree with the sentiment: "Political satire can be humorous, but I find no humor on this. On the insensitivity scale, this one is off the charts," wrote Jennifer Ormund."