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article imageCongresswoman Halvorson supporters carry Nazi signs

By Michael Krebs     Sep 18, 2010 in Politics
In a video distributed across the internet, supporters of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson sport signs depicting Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck as Adolph Hitler.
Tea Party rallies have been considered by some observers as environments that tolerate extremism, claims that have spawned the monitoring group - Teapartytracker.org.
However, extremist depictions also exist on the other end of the political spectrum - as demonstrated in a protest video distributed widely across the internet.
In the video, a group of supporters of Illinois Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson are chanting and carrying signs that have affixed Adolph Hitler moustaches on photographs of former Republican Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk host Glenn Beck.
"Do you think Glenn Beck is a Nazi," the cameraman asks.
"Of course he's a Nazi," says one of the Halvorson supporters.
Congressman Halvorson has been issuing television ads attacking her Republican opponent Adam Kinzinger on the issue of Kinzinger's support of free trade and what that support could potentially mean for Illinois jobs. Halvorson's position on the matter was echoed in the protesters featured in the video.
Signs also appeared to have shown Kinzinger as a Nazi. Kinzinger is a U.S. Air Force veteran and flew missions over Iraq, and he is demanding an apology.
Chicago Now reports that one of the protesters has been identified as a member of President Obama's Organizing for America, further implicating the Democratic establishment in the extremist display.
Halvroson and Kinzinger are scheduled to debate in October.
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