Head of AFL-CIO refuses to say that comparing Gov. Walker to "Hitler and dictators" is inappropriate

Will there be outrage in the media over the answer to this question by the AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka?

MR. GREGORY: I want to, I want to get to a break. Richard Trumka, I want to ask you one thing, again, about the tone of the debate. You're one of the leading labor voices in the country. Do you condemn the hyperbole, the overstatements, comparisons to Hitler and dictators? Do you think that's wrong on the part of pro-union supporters?
MR. TRUMKA: We want to--I--look, we ought to--pro, anti-union, it doesn't matter.
MR. GREGORY: It's inappropriate.
MR. TRUMKA: We should be sitting down trying to create jobs. When--and look, if you think that the argument that you're doing in Wisconsin is winning, as you said, Kim, the polls show that every--Wisconsin, vast majority of the people think this governor has overreached. His popularity has gone down. They're saying to him, "Sit down and negotiate. Don't do what you've been doing." So he's losing. If that's the argument you're going to do this year or next year, it's a loser for, for anybody who advocates it. . . .

Note that when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) was asked this question in the same interview on "Meet the Press" today he said: "Absolutely. It's inappropriate. It should be condemned, not only by people close to the governor, but by those of us who are observers."

UPDATE: On a related matter you can see how the union members are attacking a Fox News reporter, Mike Tobin.

Slightly more detail is available here, though it isn't as dramatic as Mr. Tobin reporting that he had been hit in the above video.

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