Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Republican Party of Duval County, FL recently promoted an event that featured several controversial comparisons of President Barack Obama with German Dictator Adolf Hitler.
Held at the Jacksonville Landing on July 2, and organized by the First Coast Tea Party, the Duval County Republican Party promoted the event through e-mails that stated “Paid by Republican Party of Duval County.”
The event was attended by Florida State Representatives Lake Ray, Charles McBurney and Mike Weinstein and Florida State Senator Stephen Wise, drew about 1,000 people. Local party officials were on stage, along with numerous members of the Jacksonville business community.
While partisan rhetoric is expected at any rally, controversy has arisen over numerous signs that were prominently displayed at the gathering, including two that featured President Obama in Nazi SS drag. The Nazi SS organization is responsible for enacting the Holocaust and the group responsible for most of 6+ million deaths committed by the Third Reich.
The Duval County Republican Party featured pictures from the event, with the Obama/Hitler comparisons on their Facebook page too. To their credit, Facebook has since removed the page.