Video: Dingell says town-hall protests remind him of the Klan

posted at 11:36 am on August 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer have called the constituents speaking out against ObamaCare at town halls “un-American,” and that didn’t slow them down. Will calling them “racists” do it? MS-NBC’s Ed Schultz tosses a softball to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), last seen being flummoxed by his own constituents last week. At the time, Dingell dismissed his critics as “infiltrators.” Today, they’re the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan (via The Weekly Standard):

What message has the House Democratic leadership sent this week to voters in their district? If you show up to town halls to criticize us, you’re un-American Klan members. Somewhere in here, there’s a killer GOP television spot just itching to run in the summer of 2010.

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Bottom line said earlier:
“The good news is that 2010 will be the ultimate litmus test for the future of our nation…. either the American people throw out all the bums calling us un-American, nazis, and Klan members…. or America really is in a steep decline. We will know one way or the other in about 15 months.”

This hits the nail on the head! Either we as a country elect new leaders and get these fools like Dingle out of office or we deserve to lose our country. It is that important for people to understand what is at stake here.

Term limits is our only way out of this political mess in the long run.

JonR on August 11, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I propose the “Nazi Un-American Teabagging Klan party”.

OxyCon on August 11, 2009 at 1:56 PM
You were only off by a little bit!

Know your KNUTS! Join the Klan Nazi Un-American Teabagging Swastika party to guarantee your place in history!

KNUTS! to Congress!

ExpressoBold on August 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

You got it my friend!
The KNUTS party. Bunch of teabagging KNUTS. lmao
You could have alot of fun with that one. It’s basically an acronym of all the Democrat slurs they so easily hurl around.

OxyCon on August 11, 2009 at 3:40 PM

How do you pronounce “Dingell”? … Like “Dingellberry”?

Parley on August 11, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Dingell should know since the KKK was started as the terrorist wing of the Democrat party. I’m sure Robert Byrd told him all about it as he recounted his war stories.

RadClown on August 11, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I haven’t been able to read all the comments, so forgive me if this repeats what someone else has posted.

The left needs to re-evaluate some of their tactics. The Ku Klux Klan is no longer the massive bogey man in American society because the organization is dying. When they do rally, 99% of the people look upon them and see them for the losers that they really are. Their public rallies are laughable.

More importantly to the strategy of the Democrat party (the party of the Ku Klux Klan), Americans are tired of that label. When Democrats use it as a sweeping generalization or a generalization of any group, people recoil from it. They know it is sophistry.

I’ve read in other threads and in other forums that Barack Obama will destroy the Democrat party. He might, but I doubt it is for the reasons everyone presents. He will destroy the party because anyone who or any group that opposes him or his policies will be labeled “racists.” No matter how benign the opposition is, it will receive that label from the left. They will push Americans away.

Congressman Dingell doesn’t know dingleberries about the Klan. He should be careful how he uses that label. We are careful here in the South.

In the summer of 1982, my friends and I were hunted down because we happened upon a Klan rally in rural Kentucky. I don’t know what our fate would’ve been had they caught us. None of us were black (I’m still not black and neither are my friends), but I was the only Protestant in a car load of Catholics.

Dingell better not compare me to those bastards unless he’s ready to be ho-slapped.

Ampleforth on August 11, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Dingell will never get voted out. Ever. It’s an azure blue district, and he has followed them on the one conservative issue that holds sway there: the 2nd Amendment. He’s just keeping that seat warm for his son, who will hold it for another 50 years.

holygoat on August 11, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Some of these imbeciles need “end of term” counseling. We’re coming for you crooks and liars.

marklmail on August 11, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I wonder why Dingel didn’t say that at his town hall meeting? Insulting constituents on television looks a lot easier than having the stones to say it to actual faces.

applebutter on August 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

2010 is shaping up to be a quite a year… Oh yes…

Khun Joe on August 11, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I hope the people who are running against these a%%clowns come election time remember all of these soundbytes.

All of them.

madmonkphotog on August 11, 2009 at 7:50 PM

MSNBC is the place for badmouthing Americans.

SoulGlo on August 11, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Please will somebody ask this piece oh human excrement how he knows what a klan meeting is like?

He is either lying or he was a in the klan. Which is it you turd?

How do you get to ask these punks a decent question?

jarhead0311 on August 11, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I suppose Dingell-butt was a black person in a previous life. What a lying SOB…..

BottomLine5 on August 11, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Let me add all this up.Dress to nice,loud mouths,part of a mob,the bogeyman,un-american,shills from the insurance comps,stormtroopers,stupid like joe the plumber now part of the klan.Here,s a new one for you Mr.Dingell .What ever happen to Mr. Dingell the man ask?Oh you don,t know said the other man.He along with all the other Dems got there asses voted out of office back in nov. 2010.

thmcbb on August 11, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Wow, supporters of the constitution are now being compared to the klan. So let me get this right, the left leadership in congress have called those opposing their socialist views as nazis, un-american, mobs, disrupters, and now KKK?

This should NOT be forgotten in 2010.

jbh45 on August 11, 2009 at 9:02 PM

He is either lying or he was a in the klan. Which is it you turd?

How do you get to ask these punks a decent question?

jarhead0311 on August 11, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I’m waiting on Senator Byrd to weigh in on this.

Red State State of Mind on August 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Dingell again proves the Democrats don’t know their history. The Klan never was a Republican phenomenon–in the ’20’s almost any respectable Democrat belonged to the Klan. After all, as Jonah Goldberg so clearly documents in “Liberal Facism,” (read it already, it’s out in paperback) the Progressives were way gone on eugenics. Perfect Klan bedfellows, actually. In the ’60’s they were Democrats and Dixiecrats, not Republicans. Revisionist or just a plain old idjit? I’ll take door #2.

smellthecoffee on August 11, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Dingellberry. Figures he’d have to be from my state. Being a liberal socialist democrat, maybe what should remind him of the Ku Klux Klan is the fact that the KKK had a long and productive working relationship with the DNC for decades, and when they got a promotion, they became representatives and senators. Look at ‘senator’ Byrd. A rabid and high-ranking racist that has never truly turned his back on his racist past. What Dingell should be thinking reminds him about the Ku Klux Klan is the fact that the DNC’s party planks used to mirror those of the KKK’s for decades. What he should be thinking brings back the memories is the fact that the DNC voted down all civil rights legislation that came across their desks, for decades, in accordance to the wishes of their constituents (the KKK). And, hey, wasn’t Jim Crow championed by the DNC? And didn’t they vociferously dispute and fight against the:
– Thirteenth Amendment
– Fourteenth Amendment
– Fifteenth Amendment
– The Civil Rights Act of 1866
– Reconstruction Act of 1867
– Enforcement Act of 1870
– The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871
– he 1875 Civil Rights Act (which later became the 1964 Civil Rights Act)
– The Civil Rights Act of 1957
– The Civil Rights Act of 1960
Toeing the line of the KKK. The same political party that Dingell swears his undying allegiance to.

Virus-X on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Dingell says town-hall protests remind him of the Klan

Dingell reminds me of a corpse.

la.rt.wngr on August 11, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I believe Mr. Dingell is asleep in the headline picture.

NathanG on August 12, 2009 at 12:44 AM


Its was time to change your diaper two weeks ago. Try to keep up.

Geochelone on August 12, 2009 at 4:03 AM

Did Dingell ask Byrd if this is the sort of thing he would organize in his younger days?

Inquiring minds want to know!

ajacksonian on August 12, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Virus-X on August 11, 2009 at 10:59 PM

I was going to type almost the exact thing you did so you saved me alot of typing, (and correcting errors because my typing is so bad)

Thank You

nelsonknows on August 12, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Dingell looks like he was born in a white sheet and pointy hat. Another desperate Dem. Dim.

RandyChandler on August 12, 2009 at 7:58 AM

I just hope Dems keep using their “let’s insult our constituents” tactic. It will prove useful around ’10.

RandyHaddock on August 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Desperate…reach…must…find a way…to confuse…the argument *gasp*

Osis on August 12, 2009 at 12:48 PM

“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

—-The Declaration Of Independence

Here we are. We find ourselves in the middle of the summer of our discontent, and the frustrations of an irate citizenry are boiling over. This should not shock anyone.

Forced down our throats within months of each other last year, were the ‘mother of all bailouts’ known as “TARP”, and the auto industry bailout.
Both gigantic spending sprees ticked off Americans across the country, and a seething angst started to fester within, like a political tick about to pop.

But, born from those two examples of political idiocy, came the “Tea Party” movement, the “Going Galt” movement, and the 10th amendment state’s rights movement. All three movements making up one giant collective “pressure valve” with a mandate for a tired and angry lot, made up of Republicans, Libertarians, Independents and Democrats. They began to mobilize and organize…Neighbors, families and friends, all very aware of what is happening to their country, their lives and their futures…Coming together to exercise their constitutional freedoms, and engage their elected officials in relentless sessions of civil discourse. Tired of being ignored, they began making their voices heard, in earnest, in February of this year, during the first round of “Tea Party” protests.

These events received a fair amount of mainstream news coverage, but were ‘spun’ into something more akin to a KKK rally. Although not shocking, these insinuations were an insult to all those who were doing exactly what the left did for 8 years during President George W Bush’s administration. But alas,…Everyone seems to forget that the only supposedly acceptable dissent, is leftist dissent. All others need not apply. (*yawn)

Still, in the 8 months so far this year, we’ve seen even more examples of spending run amok, rumors of taxes going sky high, the loss of our freedom to buy any light bulb we wish, and the real fear that our Grandparents may one day be forced to do without the health-care they so desperately need, or they’ll die. And so, that “pressure valve” has been letting off steam since the August recess began a few weeks ago. In that time, those who dare question obama, his policies, his “lap dogs” in congress, and his thuggish organizing for America/ACORN/union beat-down squads, have been maligned, demeaned, demonized, degraded and just generally insulted to the point of violence.

The president has suggested that those who are questioning him and his policies, should “get out of the way”.
The speaker of the house, and senate majority leader have declared all who are against the president and his policies are “un-American”. And endless numbers of pundits and loud-mouths have concluded that those same families, friends and neighbors who have come together on their own to protest their misgivings about the state of our federal government, are exhibiting an anger that is “manufactured”. They do not believe that regular ol’ citizens are capable of comprehending the so-called “reality” of the numerous spending bills, of which most recently is the health care bill. They believe “Jim” and “Jane” Citizen are too stupid to have genuine individual concern in their hearts for the country they dearly love. They simply dismiss the fact that a majority of the American people find themselves at the end of a very long, shredded and worn rope and they’re tired of hanging on for dear life. A frustrated people are asking their elected officials to start abiding by their Constitutional duties, and make their votes according to what is in the best interest of their constituents. Not too much to ask really. Yet those pundits…Those loud-mouths….And even those elected officials….They keep on insulting, and keep on dismissing.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of that “pressure valve”, building more steam.

Our elected officials can dismiss and insult all they want to…But they should consider themselves warned as of now…They do so, at their own political peril.

Let’s get a few things clear…This anger and frustration didn’t start with one man named barack obama. His policies have added to the “fire”, yes. But this anger and frustration has been festering, for quite a long time throughout a few different Presidents, and multi-trillions of OUR dollars.

There is a sacred trust that is supposed to exist between a constituent and their elected official. That trust is given in the hopes that the politician will abide by their Constitutional responsibilities and represent their constituents and their state, accordingly. But we find ourselves in this mess because the chain of accountability has been broken. On one end of that chain, we have the voters…Folks who for too long have simply pulled the lever for someone who “sorta sounds good” and then disengage from the political process as quickly as they pull the curtain and leave the voting booth. And on the other end of that chain, we have the politician…Ok ok, who in their right mind would trust a politician, right? Well…At the core of the issue is this: We SHOULD be able to trust them. We SHOULD be able to get on with our busy lives, and trust that our elected officials will properly represent us each time they vote. And in the end, if those elected don’t have our best interests at heart, it is our job to hold them accountable.

Our system of government was designed for a people that remain involved in the goings-on of government…At every level. Accountability is a citizen’s most powerful political weapon. Remember that “pressure valve” I mentioned a while back? THAT is what happens when that disengaged populous finally “wakes up”, and starts to fulfill their end of the Constitutional agreement between individual and government.

The time for accountability is now…Before it’s too late.
And much to the chagrin of pundits, loud-mouths and elected officials alike,….If that accountability takes the form of loud voices and well-informed rants, it is the job of our elected officials to listen and then make their votes according to what they are hearing. They work for us…Not the other way around.

One more time: Our anger isn’t “manufactured”. It hasn’t been “organized” by anyone other than individuals who’ve come together, of their own accord. We’re tired of the spending by both parties. We’re tired of being ignored by our elected officials. We’re tired of being dismissed with a generic email or boilerplate letter. We’re tired of our money being thought of as “their” money. We’re tired of being forced to pay for the willfully irresponsible. We’re tired of being told that we’ll be ok, and that those in Washington “know better”. We’re tired of being more informed that our politicians who look us in the face and either lie, or reveal that they are incredibly stupid.

Got that? WE….ARE….TIRED.
We are angry.
We have had it.

And we vote.

And if our votes get us no where….Well….Our forefathers weren’t stupid either.
Reread the top portion of this piece again, and do the math.

Talismen on August 12, 2009 at 1:05 PM

As the poll numbers continue to suggest a growing lack of support for Obama’s health care nightmare it seems to me that more (D) Polls are becoming increasingly frustrated we in the chattering class aren’t fooled by their constant drivel. To all those that aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in – be it a town hall meeting or a tea party protest – I give you the words of Ghandi, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” Keep the faith, keep up the fight, and God Bless you.

mtnmamaof4 on August 12, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Is it me or does Mr. Dingle look like the weiss engle in Marathon Man? Is it safe? He is a Laurence Olivier lookalike

phillyrepub on August 12, 2009 at 1:33 PM

He reminds me of a ………… well, a shriveled up old dingleberry.

17bullets on August 12, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I guess old Dingell found a way to get back in on tv after being shoved to the back by the Obama crowd. Who knows, he might get a committee again

entagor on August 12, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Citizens should be scheduling town halls and inviting the representatives; If this doesn’t embarrass them, nothing will. And it will get the word out and get media exposure

Cybergeezer on August 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Dingell is a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for making the dems look even more out of touch. These puffed up “Lords” need to be bumped back down to peasant.

micmac on August 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Odd looking man that. I wonder what Michigan sees in him? But then, they do seem to never get the message out there.

jeanie on August 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

This Dingell berry needs to be clipped off & FLUSHED down the toilet!

bratkatz13 on August 12, 2009 at 5:45 PM

I wouldn’t say the Klan…however tearing up the Rosa Parks poster was not a very bright idea, and certainly did not help the cause, just sayin’…Everyone needs to calm down. Emotions need to be checked at the door, they’ve been proven to destroy the facts.

StoneKrab on August 12, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Dingle would make a great poster boy for term limits!

MCGIRV on August 12, 2009 at 6:23 PM

same old story, disagree with a democrat and you are a racist even when the subject isn’t about race. i can’t wait for the revolution to come about that this country so desperately needs.

m1aman on August 12, 2009 at 7:31 PM

time for a nap there old timer! Go to your room! Obviously he is way out of touch with the real world. WOW!

shawno on August 12, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Video: Dingell says town-hall protests remind him of the Klan

Funny, he reminds me of a clam…bearded, that is.

TugboatPhil on August 12, 2009 at 10:17 PM

This may have been mentioned but I have to express these facts.

Civil Rights Bill 1964
“The Congressional Quarterly of June 26, 1964 recorded that in the Senate, only 69 percent of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as compared to 82 percent of Republicans (27 for, 6 against). All southern Democratic senators voted against the act. […] In the House of Representatives, 61 percent of Democrats (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act; 92 of the 103 Southern Democrats voted against it. Among Republicans, 80 percent (138 for, 34 against) voted for it.”

scruplesrx on August 12, 2009 at 11:09 PM