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80-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Taking Down Posters of Obama with Hitler Mustache

"My generation went through the Second World War, and Nazism is about the worst there can be," she told NBC Connecticut

By Sam Schulz, Stephania Jimenez and Jeff Saperstone
|  Thursday, Oct 18, 2012  |  Updated 11:34 AM CDT
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A controversial poster of President Obama led to the arrest of a woman in Hebron.

A controversial poster of President Obama led to the arrest of a woman in Hebron.

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An 80-year-old woman who remembers when the United States helped defeat the Nazis faces charges for tearing down posters of President Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache.

Nancy Lack said she was livid when she saw the posters, put up by supporters of perennial fringe presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, outside of her post office in Hebron, Conn., NBC Connecticut reported.

"My generation went through the Second World War, and Nazism is about the worst there can be," Lack told NBC Connecticut. "I just got very angry that they would do that to Obama’s image."

She took down the posters, knowing she would get in trouble for it, and put them in her car while a worker with LaRouchePAC followed her.

Afterward, she was arrested and now faces sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace charges.

"I guess I deserved it. I stole the posters," she said, adding that she stood by her actions.

Those posters weren't the only political displays with the president's likeness targeted in Connecticut this week.

NBC Connecticut reported that a scarecrow display featuring the faces of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and five other prominent Democrats — part of an annual scarecrow contest – was set on fire on Colchester's town green Tuesday night.

Other displays on the green, including a Republican scarecrow group, were unharmed.

"I think it was definitely politically motivated," said Monica Swyden, a Democrat. "I think there's something here against the Democrats."

"No matter whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, it's terrible," local resident Janice Adams said.

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