Compare/Contrast: When Hitler Protested His American Mock Trial
In March 1934, the American Jewish Congress and other anti-Nazi organizations organized a mock trial of Hitler to take place in Madison Square Garden. Hitler was so angered that he had his diplomatic corp try to head it off through entreaties to the US government. A State Department official replied before the event that due to "our constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression" the federal government could not stop it.
The trial proceeded, but Nazi protestations continued after the fact. An angry Secretary of State Cordell Hull ultimately laid out the situation in a formal communique to Nazi foreign minister Nuerath:
"It is well known that the free exercise of religion, the freedom of speech and of the press, and the right of peacable assembly, are not only guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution of the United States, but are beliefs deep-seated in the political consciousness of the American people."
Hull then addressed Germany's urging the U.S. to disregard these principles:
"It appears, therefore, that the points of view of the two Governments, with respect to the issues of free speech and assembly, are irreconcilable, and that any discussion of this difference could not improve relations which the United States Government desires to preserve on as friendly a basis as the common interest of the two peoples demands."
(The confrontation is described in Eric Larson's latest book, "In the Garden of the Beasts," pp. 231-42.)