GOP Radio Host: Send Critics of Dear Leader Bush to Detention Camps

“I think we should round up all of these folks. Round up Joy Behar, round up Matt Damon, who last night on MSNBC attacked George Bush and Dick Cheney. Round up Olbermann, take the whole bunch of them and put them in a detention camp until this war is over because they’re a bunch of traitors.”
— GOP mouthpiece Mike Gallagher

The black soul of Republican authoritarianism was in full voice on Bill Hemmer’s show on Fox News this week. Rightwing radio talk show host Mike Gallagher made his case for rounding up liberals like Joy Behar, Matt Damon and Keith Olbermann and sending them to concentration camps:

Bill Hemmer: They talk about Godwins Law, internet junkies, as discussions grow longer someone makes a comparison to Hitler and that person loses the argument. The view, Joy Behar weighing in on the Times Person of the Year.

Video Clip of Joy Behar: “I don’t think anyone cares anymore about Time Magazines Person of the Year. You have to put like a Hitler type, like you put Donald Rumsfeld there or something.”

Onscreen is a picture of Hitler and Donald Rumsfeld side by side and the words ‘The View from the Left?’

Bill Hemmer: Rob, can you defend that?

Rob Thompson: Who can? Godwins Law stands true in all instances. Nobody believes he’s like Hitler, c’mon.

BH: I like Joy Behar. I think she’s smart. I think she’s funny but this is a bit unexcusable, Mike?

RT: Now, if she’d have said something like Rumsfeld alone or Rumsfeld is a lot like Bob MacNamera, we’ll put him on the cover of Time Magazine.

Mike Gallagher: You know it’s a little bit ridiculous that we continue to watch these TV stars and movie stars who smear our leaders. I just wonder, Rob, if you’ll think for a moment what our enemies think … of seeing TV personalities comparing the outgoing Defense Secretary to Adolph Hitler.

I mean, you know, conservatives never get a pass. Strom Thurmond is wished a Happy Birthday by Trent Lott and the sky falls in on Trent Lott.

Why are conservatives addicted to their victimhood? Everybody beats up on them. They’re completely blameless. Boo-hoo-hoo.

What Trent Lott said — and remember he was the Senate Majority Leader at the time — was that the country could have avoided all the unrest that arose around giving African American equal rights if only Thurmond and his Dixiecrat Party, which was essentially the political arm of the Ku Klux Klan, had won the presidency in 1948.

Comparing remarks by the Senate Majority Leader with those of a stand-up comic is typical rightwing bilge, just exactly what we should expect to hear on the Bush News Channel.

MG, con’t: But if Joy Behar goes on national TV and compares a good man like Rumsfeld to the evilest man in the world and there’s no repercussions for Joy Behar.

After Lott’s remarks, it was Bush and Rove (not Democrats) who engineered his ouster as the Senate leader. Tit for tat, then Mike, what should the equivalent punishment for Behar be?

MG, con’t: You know, I think we should round up all of these folks. Round up Joy Behar, round up Matt Damon, who last night on MSNBC attacked George Bush and Dick Cheney. Round up Olbermann, take the whole bunch of them and put them in a detention camp until this war is over because they’re a bunch of traitors.

RT: They’re not traitors, they’re Americans. You know what the great thing about America is? You get to say what you like and you don’t get thrown into detention camps…

MG:..No, you don’t…

RT: …And that’s what the rest of the world sees. They see free Americans say what they like without having any fear of going to jail. So, if I wanted to compare someone to Hitler or anybody else, Pol Pot, whatever it might be, I have no fear of going to jail because that is what an America is.

MG: There’s such a thing as treason, Rob.

RT: That’s not treason. That’s just political talk and satire and it’s a little funny at the least.

BH: Mike, what do you want? An apology from ABC, Barbara Walter, who runs the show? What do you want?

MG: Listen, I think we ought to have the same standard for Joy Behar that Rush Limbaugh was held to when he said Donovan McNabb was an over-rated quarterback. He was out. Michael Richards is under siege right now, as he should be for his racist rant, but he’s out. So why is Joy Behar not out? Why is Rosie O’Donnell not out? Why is Rosie O’Donnell not facing any consequences for going ‘ching-chang, ching-chang, ching-chang? And making fun of Danny DeVito and sluring Aisian Americans or comparing, she said radical Christianity is as dangerous as radical Islam. These people ought to be held accountable.

1. Here’s what Limbaugh said about quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is black:

Donovan McNabb is regressing, he’s going backwards. And my, I’m sorry to say this, I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well, for instance, black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there is a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn’t deserve…. The defense carried this team, I think, and he got credit for it.

If ESPN decided to fire him over that, Gallagher should take his case to the liberals that run the sports network.

2. Michael Richards’ career is over. If he’d had a job before his racist rant, he would have been fired.

3. Rosie apologized for making fun of Asian dialects.

4. Danny DeVito went on national television drunk as shit, and anyway, he can take care of himself.

5. Radical Christianity is as dangerous as radical Islam.


  • Howard Tattrie
    December 22, 2006 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Quote:”One of the guests pulled a Gestapo move on the conversation with his rounding up people to send to detention camps.”
    I think that should be “pulled an F. D. Roosevelt move”.
    After all, when the Gestapo put people in detention camps, it wasn’t just to hold them there and release them later, if you get my drift!

  • S.D.
    December 22, 2006 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    So he’s suggesting that the Gov’t Emulate the Nazi’s on account that Former Sec. Rumsfeld was compared to one?


  • P.H.
    December 22, 2006 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    LOL Howard – nice one – tell that to the folks in Cuba being held indefinitly and without charge.

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  • Brian
    December 23, 2006 - 7:07 am | Permalink

    I guess more than half the country should now be sent to concentration camps.

  • charlene Port
    December 29, 2006 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

    RAdical Christianity is the same as Radical Islam. Many radical christians in this country are trying to take over the government and force the rest of us to live the way they think we should live. They want to eliminate birth control for women yet have plentiful viagra for men. RAdical christianity hates womens rights as bad as radical islam. Bush is no messiah LOL The last pope counted him as part of the antichrist and I have no doubt of that one. Now its called lets force women to carry babies but once there here then we dont give a hoot.
    What americans should be worrying about is PEAK OIL and the Federal Reserve BAnk getting rich off both sides of this war along with Bush buddies.

  • njreader101
    September 22, 2007 - 2:09 am | Permalink

    Radical Christianity is as bad as radical Islam? name the last ‘Christian terrorist?’ Wrong. Timothy McVeigh was a Buddhist; he requested a Buddhist chaplain while on death row.
    There are radical (phoney) Christians, radical Jews, radical Muslims, and radical Atheists; what makes them dangerous is radicalism that becomes violent or abusive.
    Radical atheists want to force Christian children in public schools to study evolution, abortion, and homosexuality. without allowance or exemption. Yet they insist that their children be shielded from the Bible and any mention of religion, unless religion is being ridiculed.
    Maybe if they respected peoples’ religion, they would receive more respect themselves; respect is a two way street.
    Christians seek to be represented in government just as blacks, latinos, asians, and every other group does. And they offer free medical care and follow up to single mothers, while abortion providers charge for their services.
    Christians are not as dangerous as the Taliban; they are nonviolent and law abiding. To compare the two is inaccurate and is really only antiChristian bigotry in disguise. The Taliban were ruthless murderers; American conservative Christians are not.
    That is simply a fact.

  • Madison
    September 23, 2007 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Eric Rudolph and Paul Ross Evans are two individual Christian terrorists who have been in the news. The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nation as well as the thousands of Christian nationalist militia groups around the country are all classifiable as Christian terrorist organizations.

    Ignorance, hatred and bigotry have become the hallmarks of Christianity. Christians have a reflexive impulse to blame others, to feel persecuted, but nobody did this to Christianity. Christians did this to their own religion.

    Now only Christians can save Christianity from the dustbin of history. The question is, is it worth saving? That’s up to Christians to decide.

    Good luck.

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