WaPo's Milbank: Dem. Rep. Green made "fascist salute" to Obama

WaPo's Milbank: Dem. Rep. Green made "fascist salute" to Obama

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During President Obama's health care speech Wednesday night, Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out "You lie!" -- an outburst Wilson later apologized for after blistering criticism (not to mention a flurry of online donations to his Democratic opponent.)

Of course, whenever reporters like Dana Milbank note such boorish behavior by a Republican, they must quickly include something some Democrat did so they seem "balanced," even if the Democrat's actions aren't even remotely comparable. Sure enough, here's Milbank:

And, in truth, there were provocations from the Democratic side. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), sitting on the Republican side, insisted on making a victory sign with his hand and waving it at Obama.

Yeah. That's the same. (And "insisted upon"? Really? Was there some effort to prevent Pascrell from doing so?)

Milbank, continuing directly:

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.), also on the GOP side of the aisle, felt the need to pound his fist in the air and make what looked, awkwardly, like a fascist salute.

Um ... What? "Fascist salute"? What does that even mean?

Milbank doesn't say. But it does dovetail nicely with the Right's overheated comparisons of Obama to Hitler and Mao.

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Health Care, Health Care Reform
The Washington Post
Dana Milbank
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