Beck, Kobach: Immigration Advocates Just Like Nazis, KKK

A group of immigration advocates protested peacefully and legally outside the home of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of the GOP’s anti-immigration policies. So naturally he and Glenn Beck think they’re behaving just like Nazis and the KKK.

Today, Kobach himself appeared on Beck’s radio show and agreed with this assessment. “They’re just not wearing white cloaks, but this is exactly KKK type of intimidation,” the Kobach said.

“The left is set up on revenge,” Beck responded, “and so they’re using the tactics of those who kept them down in the past that we all tried to defeat…So they’re just changing their hood or changing their language, but it is not changing who they really are or what they’re trying to do.”

Beck also compared the demonstrators to Greece’s Golden Dawn party, a neo-Nazi group with ties to anti-immigrant hate crimes.

And I’m sure that Beck and Kobach consider it KKK and Nazi tactics when anti-abortion groups protest at the homes of abortion doctors, right? Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But these folks didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t threaten anyone, have never committed the kind of terrorist acts that the KKK or anti-abortion groups have.

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  • A Hermit

    right, `cause the Nazis were all about opening Germany up to immigrants from all races and cultures.

    History is haaaard!

  • dingojack

    When the only tool you’ve got is a hammer….


  • rationalinks

    Kobach is an asshole. Ironically, he lives in a part of Kansas that has a pretty substantial Latin American population (Wyandotte County). The part you missed, Ed, is where Kobach basically says he wishes he could have gone all “Second Amendment” on their asses. The protesters were completely in their rights, never got violent, stayed off his grass, and the dude says he wishes he was home and that they would have tried something so he could shoot them? Grade A Asshole.

  • Loqi

    Totally accurate in their assessments. There are dozens of ways these protesters were similar to the Nazis and KKK. For example, I’ll bet all the protesters had noses. Guess who else had noses…

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    I must say I find protesting outside someone’s private home to be distasteful regardless of the target. Why should Kobach’s family and neighbors have to deal with such disruption and invasion of privacy? They’re his family and neighbors; they already have enough problems.

  • Johnny Vector

    So they’re just changing their hood

    From white to, um, clear? Hey, they can’t do that, clear is Steven Wright’s high school colors.

  • matty1

    So today we learn’t that giving gay people legal rights is just like making them wear the pink triangle and giving rights to ethnic minorities is racism. I fear the sheer mass of irony may distort earth’s magnetic field.

  • Modusoperandi

    Do you know who else peacefully exercised their First Amendment rights? Hitler!

  • dan4

    There was also the time when, during the 2000 election recount, a group of right-wingers protested in front of the Vice Presidency’s residence, screaming things like “Get Out of Cheney’s House!”…and, unlike Kobach, Al Gore WAS actually home at the time.

  • dan4

    @8: “…who else peacefully exercised their First Amendment rights? Hitler!”

    “Their?” Hitler was more than one person?

  • sezme

    I agree with Hercules Grytpype-Thynne. No politician’s home should be the site of political activity. We all agree that a politician’s family should be off-limits – well, so should their residence.

  • dingojack

    sezme -totally agree.


  • Nihilismus

    @10 dan4

    “Their?” Hitler was more than one person?

    Singular They. It’s been used for a long, long time.