'Rally To Restore Sanity' Brings Out Largely Partisan Crowd

By Dan Joseph | November 1, 2010 | 5:32 PM EDT

One of the signs depicting conservatives with a Hitler mustache at the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2010.

(CNSNews.com) – Much of the crowd at liberal comedian Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity,” held Saturday on the National Mall, expressed criticism of the Tea Party and the Republican Party while praising President Barack Obama and other figures on the political left.  Additionally, signs portraying conservative leaders as Adolf Hitler were displayed despite Stewart’s repeated mockery of such signs on his cable TV show.

Billed as a rally to encourage an end to what Stewart sees as the hyperbolic rhetoric of cable news hosts, the people attending showed up at the event to listen to live music and speeches by Stewart and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert.

While the rally was billed as being “non-partisan,” signs carried by participants almost exclusively attacked conservative politicians and commentators such as Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the Fox News Channel, e.g., “Keep Fear Alive, Watch Fox News.”   Additionally, the liberal Huffington Post blog organized busses to take people to the rally from other parts of the nation.

Some of the signs carried by people at the rally referred to Tea Party activists as “Teabaggers” -- “There’s No Future for Teabaggers” -- which is a crude sexual slur. Some signs praised homosexuality – “Thank God for Fags.” When asked about the signs depicting Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin as Hitler, one activist replied, “What do you have against mustaches? You got a problem?” while another person said, “That’s really a Charlie Chaplin mustache.”

Another sign read, “Did Glenn Beck Rape & Murder a Girl in 1990?” And another said, “9/11 An Inside Job To Lead To War.”

There were book stalls carrying pro-Marxist titles, such as In Defense of Socialism and Che Guevara’s Imperialist Reality, as well as the socialist newspaper, The Militant.

A sign at the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2010.

Many of the attendees came out to support President Obama who had endorsed the rally last week during an appearance on Stewart’s The Daily Show.

Among the performers at the rally were rockers Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Cheryl Crow and Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.