A Wisconsin man visiting Half Moon Bay on Monday overturned a table bearing political messages – including a poster that likened President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler – that had been set up at Mac Dutra Park by supporters of Lyndon LaRouche.

The 36-year-old man reportedly walked up to the LaRouche supporters around 5 p.m. as they were packing up for the day. He began yelling something at the LaRouche supporters, and then he lifted up their plastic folding table and flipped it over, according to witnesses. The man then picked up one of the Obama sandwich boards and threw in onto the ground.

The man reportedly chased one of the LaRouche supporters across the street as the victim tried to call the police for help. Bystanders detained him until San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.

One of the LaRouche supporters, a 78-year-old from San Francisco, was hit on the head by the plastic table when it was flipped, and he suffered an abrasion. He has pressed assault charges against his attacker.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies questioned the suspect, and he admitted the attack, according to Sheriff’s officials. He reportedly told deputies he was enraged over the Obama image. He was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges. The Review does not normally name people arrested for misdemeanors.

Supporters of eight-time presidential candidate LaRouche have occasionally set up shop on Main Street and elsewhere on the coast to hand out flyers and materials. The political station had become a regular source of complaints to city officials and the Sheriff’s Office, particularly for its controversial pictures showing Obama with a Hitler mustache.

One of the LaRouche campaigners in Half Moon Bay, a man who declined to be named, said he was accustomed to nasty stares, obscenities or minor vandalism from people offended by his political beliefs.

“But this is battery. We’ve never seen this happen,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything happen to this extent.”

(6) comments

Frenchy
Frenchy

There was really no good reason for the guy to get so upset. Hitler, Obama and LaRouche are all totally irrelevant to the future of human progress.

Cid Young
Cid Young

I applaud freedom of speech, but I deplore Hate-mongers as despicable humans of scant intelligence. As for Hitler and Obama, there is no comparison, so I see these LaRouche folks as simply waving a red flag in front of the bull, and this time the bull charged!

litefoot
litefoot

I would remind anybody reading this, that there is a thing called the First Amendment, which guarantees these LaRouche people to say whatever they want without fear of reprisal.
I would also remind those of short memory that almost every President since Roosevelt, has had his likeness marked up with Hitler features, with very few objections, especially George Bush.
Makes me wonder why because it's the Bamster, there are objections.
Lite.

John Charles Ullom
John Charles Ullom

Some guy comes into our town and has the nerve to terrorize folks who are only exercising their rights to make asses of themselves. What a Cheese Head.

rheadabovewater
rheadabovewater

Anyone who puts inflammatory materials like those out in public (Obama as Hitler) shouldn't be surprised at a reaction like that. I've been tempted to react as well, but it's a waste of my time to communicate with morons.

Moss Beach Mom
Moss Beach Mom

No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, it's just not Right to compare our President to Adolf Hitler. Shame on those who did so.

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