"Former" Hitler Admirer G. Gordon Liddy Smears Cindy Sheehan As Anti-Semitic
Reported by Ellen - August 18, 2005
Judging from the intensity of the attacks against her, the right must be very worried about Cindy Sheehan. Last night, G. Gordon Liddy tried to convince Alan Colmes that Sheehan and her supporters are anti-Semitic. Given some of Liddy's own background, he looks an awful lot like a pot calling the kettle black.
Colmes opened the discussion about Sheehan by complaining about the right-wing trying to make hay out of her association with MoveOn.org and Michael Moore. Colmes asked, "So what if other people want to join in? Many Americans feel the way Cindy Sheehan does."
Liddy agreed but added that "Unfortunately, they are Americans who are very anti-Israel and in some ways, anti-Semitic. She uses the term how the neocons are doing this thing. That's code word for the Jews in the Pentagon."
Liddy must have known that's a major distortion. According to KnightRidder Washington Bureau, "A Newsweek poll this month found that only 34 percent of U.S. adults approve of Bush's policy on Iraq, while 61 percent disapproved. A survey last month by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that only 27 percent of respondents believed Bush has a clear plan for success in Iraq."
Is Liddy willing to accuse 61% of Americans of being anti-Semitic? I doubt it.
Colmes was clearly astounded by Liddy's charge. Liddy, continuing, said, "If she gets Israel out of Palestine, then we can get out of Iraq. Check out her statements."
Colmes sounded disgusted. "Cindy Sheehan is anti-Semitic?"
What's also outrageous is that someone like Liddy would have the nerve to accuse someone else of being anti-Semitic. In a November, 2004 interview, Liddy reportedly called Hitler his first political hero and claimed Hitler "made me feel a strength inside I had never known before... Hitler's sheer animal confidence and power of will [entranced me]. He sent an electric current through my body."
Liddy claims that he completely outgrew his affection for Hitler but, as mediamatters.org notes, "In his autobiography, Liddy admits that, after reading the writings of the notorious anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh, Liddy decided to pick his wife on eugenic grounds. He held out for 'a tall, fair, powerfully built Teuton.' Isn't that behavior at the very least in the shadow of Hitler? 'Of course not. Genetics is accepted by everyone.'"