Rep. Cantor Blames Dems For Extreme Signs At GOP Protests

November 05, 2009 4:05 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Like previous right-wing protests, today's rally on Capitol Hill featured no shortage of disturbing and offensive images.  Think Progress captured a photo of one sign explicitly comparing health care reform to the Holocaust. It read "National Socialist Health Care: Dachau, Germany - 1945." Luke Russert also observed signs reading "Get the Red Out of the White House," "Waterboard Congress," "Ken-Ya Trust Obama?" and "Un-American McCarthyite" (with a picture of Nancy Pelosi):

Unlike other protests, this one was not only attended but also organized by Republican members of Congress.  These people came to DC -- signs and all -- at the request of the GOP. 

But shortly after addressing the crowd, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) actually blamed Democrats for the hateful images on display.  In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Cantor suggested that the signs were the mere result of "frustration" over the democratically elected majority's "extreme policies." Mitchell pushed him to say whether he's "comfortable with those attacks against the President of the United States," but Cantor quickly changed the subject:

CANTOR: Listen, I don't think we should engage in personal attacks.  But I think, and what I take the message from the gathering of tens of thousands of people on the steps of the Capitol today, and the elections on Tuesday, is the fact that, you know what, we need some balance here in Washington.

According to the Capitol Police, the crowd was around 4,000 people -- far smaller than Cantor's "tens of thousands" estimation.  

Watch the interview:

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