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Video: Marine Ripping Democrat At Town Hall

Posted by Casey on August 24, 2009

This is a very popular video on Facebook right now, and it should be.  This happened at a town hall with Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA).

For the record … Baird did, in fact, say town hallers were behaving like nazis.

Instead of appearing in person, where “extremists” would have “the chance to shout and make YouTube videos,” Baird said Wednesday, he’s holding what he calls “telephone town halls” instead.

Baird said he’s using the new system because he fears his political opponents may be planning “an ambush” to disrupt his meetings, using methods Baird compared to Nazism.

“What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics,” Baird, D-Vancouver, said in a phone interview. “I mean that very seriously.”

I guess he forgot what “mean that very seriously” means. In the video he tells the Marine he never called them brown shirts (1:07). The quote above makes it clear he did make that statement.

He did apologize though. Right before he backtracked off of his disastrous decision to only hold tele-town halls (ala Harry Reid).

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) apologized yesterday for accusing town hall protesters of “brown shirt tactics” and comparing them to a “lynch mob.”

Baird, who originally decided against holding town hall meetings because of expected protests, now says he’ll schedule some forums during the August recess.

“Frankly, I have had concerns about how we can have constructive dialogue and, unfortunately, in response to some of the things we’ve been seeing across the nation I have said some things myself that I regret,” Baird said, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

“I want to express that regret directly and announce that we will be holding a series of five town halls so people can express their opinions and ask questions.”

Baird made headlines last week by comparing town hall protesters to Nazi guards.

“What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics,” Baird told the Columbian. “I mean that very seriously.”

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