About the only thing interesting in Governor JB Pritzker’s daily coronavirus press conference on Friday was his answer to a question from Rick Pearson from the Chicago Tribune, which we are glad was finally asked. It’s about how Pritzker has been characterizing protesters and Republicans who criticize his emergency order. Here is the question and Pritzker’s answer:

Question: Do you think there is a Republican strategy at play here with the coronavirus hoping to seize on the growing frustration of the stay at home orders as  a play for GOP votes in November, you seem to be trying to counter it by linking Republican lawmakers to fringe anti-Semitic protesters accusing them of trying to suppress voting by opposing vote by mail and favoring budget cuts regardless of coronavirus? [Emhpasis added.]

Governor Pritzker at Friday’s press conference

Pritzker: I didn’t link Republican elected officials to Nazi demonstrators, they linked themselves. There were elected officials that are in the bank of Springfield building right now who were out there speaking in front of the crowds that were holding pictures of Hitler swastikas, and they knew they were there. They were holding up signs that said death to tyrants. And then they had other signs that depicted me and Hitler. So I would say that the Republicans have tagged themselves, and for as long as they do not call out the elected officials of their own party they are a part of the very problem that is existent in this country of allowing hatred and bigotry to perpetuate.

The contradictions and hypocrisy in that answer are huge.

First, he’s referring to a very few signs (I believe I have seen news reports of just three or four) that appeared at some protests comparing Pritzker to Hitler. Call that what you want, but using Hitler as a negative image isn’t Nazism or anti-Semitism.

Second, nobody can control who is responsible for what signs a few protesters bring to a rally they attend or speak at. Would Pritzker and his party colleagues take ownership of, say, some of the nutty signs seen at Women’s Day marches, which he generally supported?

Finally, and most importantly, by mischaracterizing the situation, Pritzker is doing precisely what he is accusing his critics of — stoking hatred and bigotry. And he is doing it as governor; it’s not just a few people in a crowd.

Pritzker and his press secretary have received emails and tweets they have published that are truly ugly and anti-Semitic, but there’s no basis for linking those to Republicans or the bulk of his critics.

Everybody should back off on the extreme comparisons, including those who held the signs. If you don’t already know why, read the recent piece by Richard Porter, Illinois’ Republican National Committeeman.

– Mark Glennon

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Riverbender
1 month ago

Make no mistake about this Pritzkler’s Madigans toy.

MikeH
1 month ago
Reply to  Riverbender

And has been for at least 10 years now. Remember the recorded conversation between him and Blago? Fat boy tipped his hand in a big way there.

And while Blago was imagining his Senate seat payout, I would put money on Boss Mike playing the long game and singling JB out as his future puppet, since he’d already thrown Rod under the bus by that point.

Jason Alan Storm
1 month ago

Pritzker is A FAT ASS Fred Flintstone WANNABE

Will
1 month ago

Pritzker is now playing the Jewish card to cover up his ineptitude. Republicans are not NAZI’s by a long shot. Today’s Democrat party politicians (not the Kennedy or Carter Democrats and not the average Democrat on the street) come much closer to being NAZI’s since they want Big Government, all of us dependent on the “State”, all of us subservient to the government (them), and total control of our lives (which is what the Hitler NAZI party was all about). As a former Carter and Kennedy Democrat, I find today’s Democratic Party anti-American, anti-freedom, anti-religion, anti-creativity, and anti-Constitution. It all… Read more »

Governor of Alderaan
1 month ago
Reply to  Will

Dictator for Life Jabba is admitting he has no rebuttal for his critics. He can’t address even one criticism so he is reduced to screaming “Nazis!”

MikeH
1 month ago

Welcome to Illinois, where our governor is a walking (barely) example of Godwin’s Law.

Poor Taxpayer
1 month ago

Vote for the progressive tax rate and watch the exodus of the rich speed up to the speed of light.
Florida will get tens of thousands of Rich Taxpayers from Illinois. It is already get a lot, but this will increase the number many fold. Anyone that is smart and rich leaves Illinois. They can pay the mortgage on their house just with the tax savings (it is true). Only the poor will be left in Illinois. Best of luck taxing them.

Governor of Alderaan
1 month ago
Reply to  Poor Taxpayer

Florida already got Dictator for Life Jabba

Rick
1 month ago

First and foremost on Fred Flintstones mind at all times is the massive tax increases that will be coming the moment things get normal. And the plan that ends a flat tax, drawing a distinct line at whatever level is needed, between the rich and the poor. That line will place Illinois entire middle class into the rich side. The false equivalence lines he draws now to separate people is all a tool getting ready for that fair tax vote. He needs to drum up villains and victims in the electorate. He cannot have the fair tax vote be a… Read more »

Rob Maitino
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

Under no circumstances should anyone vote to let the “fair tax” go through. Pritzker is a liar who avoids taxes at all costs, but want people who work for a paycheck to pay more. We’re the suckers who always pay. People with wealth like his pay a much lower percentage because of credits, loopholes, and other shenanigans they are allowed. If the government wanted to collect more money, they should close the loopholes and take away most of the deductions. We could probably lower the rate if we did that. Buffet’s secretary should never pay a higher percentage of her… Read more »

True Believer
1 month ago

He is mentally masturbating about being President, Lori is doing the same about Senator. All this nonsense is is politics. They hate the people and Lori has proven clearly she is a total racist.

UnclePugsly
1 month ago

It should be mentioned that some of the people holding up the Nazi signs were AFSMCE and Teacher Union members send out by Chicago Democrats. Don’t take anything you see at face value and certainly don’t take anything Pritzker and other Chicago Democrats say at face value. These people are as dishonest as day is long.

UnclePugsly
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

This was in local news. As well as statements on ‘bird dogging’ be Democrat partisans.

Lana
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

At this point who cares and so what. Democrats hate the truth.

David F
1 month ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

Being on his bought and continues to pay for vote, that seems a bit odd.
The 261 MILLION automatics pay increase is happening, at least Ryan put a stop to that.
This blubbered just keeps on giving millions.

Stevet
1 month ago

Hes s a weasal treats us IL citizens like garbage then falls back to racism card when we speak out a real piece of garbage this fatty is.

MikeH
1 month ago

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, Jay, but Facism is just as much a leftist invention as Socialism and Communism.

Jane
1 month ago

Pritz is such a bloviating dork. There. I just had to say it.

debtsor
1 month ago

“Finally, and most importantly, by mischaracterizing the situation” It’s not a mischaracterization. It’s a lie. There were no nazi demonstrators. Everything else in his quote after that lie is just a furtherance of his lie. He’s a billionaire with a super-majority legislature who just doesn’t care about you or anyone else or their unborn children. He cares more about the horses he keeps in WI that he sees once a year than he cares about you and your Republican views. He can say and do whatever he wants and can dismiss all criticism as ‘hate’. He just doesn’t care. This… Read more »

Lana
1 month ago
Reply to  debtsor

Please, Let’s clarify, the citizens who voted for this tyrant are just as bad as him. Do not lump everyone together.

debtsor
1 month ago
Reply to  Lana

” The citizens of IL are just as bad as he is.”

You’re right, there are 1.6 Million who voted for Rauner. Not all are as bad as the 2.4M that voted for Pritzger.

Douglas
1 month ago

What the protesters had on their signs is NOT relevant. There is the 1st amendment (freedom of speech) and the governor is a civil servant. What the citizens have on their signs, no matter how much politicians do not like it, it isn’t up to them. The government needs to learn it’s place, and that isn’t dictating free speech. “hatred and bigotry to perpetuate.” Define hatred and bigotry. Well, some in the transgendered community view honest mistakes of misgendering as hate and bigotry. Those who think the country should have borders have been called hateful and bigots. These are subjective… Read more »

Mick the Tick
1 month ago

Pritzker is not a Nazi. Stop insulting Nazis with this comparison.

NB-Chicago
1 month ago

At this point I don’t know who’s listening to his daily briefing shtick or who can follow all the convoluted logic behind his shutdown phases, stats that make no sense, etc–except old geezers like me, listing while trying to remote work out of my basement? but his message is if your not lock-step buying into the pandemic paranoid kool-aid spin then you must be an anti-science, Neo-nazi, anti-Semitic, gun tooting, tin foil hat trumpster (I by the way am non of those). There’s no in between, my way or the highway …. its so obvious the dudes all about NOVEMBER.… Read more »

Yoz
1 month ago
Reply to  NB-Chicago

“At this point I don’t know who’s listening to his daily briefing shtick or who can follow all the convoluted logic behind his shutdown phases, stats that make no sense, etc–except old geezers like me, listing while trying to remote work out of my basement”

They go on so that his sycophantic allies in the press can spin his mealy-mouthed excuses for answers as “news”.

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  NB-Chicago

Its funny how they pump this virus up to be the black death or so ething. All this “new normal” crap. I just saw a commercial talking about the “new normal”. How can people be drawn into this stuff ? Democrats have succeeded in putting unwarranted paralyzing fear in people for p9litical gain.

Bob
1 month ago

Has to divert attention from Illinois contractors working at his “working farm” in Wisconsin

Chase Gioberti
1 month ago

This fat slob is too dense to know that the Hitler pictures are there linking Jabba to Hitler.

Of course this is the same fat slob that expects us to believe his fat wife and his fat kids are doing farm work on their horse estates.

Governor of Alderaan
1 month ago
Reply to  Chase Gioberti

I’m wondering if Herman Goering might be a better analogy