VIDEO: Glenn Beck portrays Mayor Bloomberg as a Nazi

Glenn Beck apparently designed a new ad campaign for New York, featuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg making the Nazi salute. Credit: YouTube.
Glenn Beck apparently designed a new ad campaign for New York, featuring Mayor Michael Bloomberg making the Nazi salute. Credit: YouTube.

In his speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention, conservative radio personality Glenn Beck likened New York City’s mayor to a Nazi.

Beck took issue generally, it seems, with some of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies, such as the sugary drink regulation.

Beck also took issue with his “friends in New York City,” who may want to reconsider that friendship in light of Beck’s name-calling.

“I am amazed at how many of my New York friends have become absolute dopes,” Beck declared, emphasizing that last word, “and just will accept the soda ban, the popcorn ban, the salt ban.”

Maybe he meant frenemies?

We were previously unaware of a popcorn ban, so we checked with the mayor’s office: spokeswoman Samantha Levine assured us that there is, in fact, no popcorn ban.

Whew.

While many New Yorkers don’t hold back when it comes to complaints about the possibly-overprotective “Nanny Bloomberg” and his soda ban, some may feel a little protective of the mayor after the new ad campaign Beck pitched to replace Milton Glaser’s famous “I love NY” design.

The ad Beck displayed featured a graphic of Bloomberg, who happens to be of Jewish descent, making the Nazi salute.

Beck’s main gripe appeared to be Bloomberg’s fight for gun control, before he veered off into complaints about Bloomberg’s health initiatives and proposals to replace iconic artwork.

“When somebody argues for gun control, they are either living in self-imposed ignorance or they are just living an argument of control,” Beck said.

According to a recent poll for the Bloomberg-led organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns conducted by Republican Frank Luntz, 82 percent of gun owners, including 74 percent of National Rifle Association members, support criminal background checks for anyone purchasing a gun. In the congressional districts polled in New York, Luntz found that 94 percent supported those background checks. Such background checks have been the focus of many of Bloomberg’s recent “arguments of control.”

 

 Correction: It turns out Beck wasn’t likening Bloomberg to a Nazi.

In Beck’s own words, “this was actually the exact image ripped off Soviet propaganda art.”

So everyone calm down: Beck just meant Bloomberg was like Lenin — who, as Beck noted, “also killed a lot of people, yes.” Many of whom also were Jewish.

For what it’s worth, whether it’s Lenin or a Nazi, the pose is “a sieg heil salute,” per Beck’s own admission. And as an astute reporter on Twitter noted, the armband on the Bloomberg version is missing from the “ripped off” Soviet original, and does seem to recall the Nazi uniform.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


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