The traditional media continues to rapidly shift from reporting to persecuting those who don’t toe their editorial line. Now, the LA Times is comparing former President Donald Trump’s supporters to Nazi and Hezbollah sympathizers in a rather hysterical way.
What must have been the reason Virginia Heffernan (the author of the article) called them that? Was she beaten up? Insulted? Harassed? None of the three. The individuals -who to be sure are not known to actually be Trump supporters- cleared Heffernan’s driveway without being asked “and did a great job.”
“How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive kindness?” Heffernan wondered, going on to admit, that of course, on some level, “I realize I owe them a thank you, and, man, it really looks like the guy really did a job on the driveway like a pro, but how much of a thank you? [she owes them].”
For Heffernan, the courtesy is apparently too strange, so she set out to question the nature of the action: “this is also a little strange. Back in the city, people don’t sweep other people’s paths for nothing,” he added.
As it is for the traditional media, everything must be racialized. That’s why Heffernan refers to an Eddie Murphy sketch on Saturday Night Live in which Murphy “discovers” that white people, when they’re alone, give free stuff to each other.
Then, she begins her comparison, “Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist political party in Lebanon, also gives things away.” “The favors Hezbollah does for people in the cities of Tyre and Sidon,” Heffernan chooses to contrast, “probably don’t involve snowplows, but, like other mafias, Hezbollah tends to its own: the sick, elderly and hungry Shiites.” In the columnist’s logic, it is not quite clear whether, for her, everyone who treats people well is good, or is the same as Hezbollah.
“When someone helps you when you are depressed or covered in snow, it is almost impossible to consider them a plague on the world,” says the columnist. Later, she decides to make another comparison and relates Trump supporters to Islamic leader and leftist Louis Farrakhan.
“The same goes for Louis Farrakhan, who currently leads the Nation of Islam. While the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies him as a dangerous anti-Semite, much of his flock says he’s a bit crazy and unfailingly magnanimous,” Heffernan wrote, peeking out that Trumpists may also resemble Farrakhan.
“You could end up,” the columnist says, “like the upper-middle-class family I stayed with in France as a teenager. They didn’t attend a citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle, the war hero who orchestrated their country’s liberation from Nazi Germany in 1944.”
The columnist recounts that this host family had pictures of Philippe Pétain, the Nazi collaborator, on their walls. When Heffernan asked them how they fared during the occupation, the lady of the house replied that they were happy because the Nazis were very polite people.
Paranoid, Heffernan later asks, “What do we do about the Trumpists around us?”
The columnist said: like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who spoke eloquently this week about her terrifying experience during the insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6th, Americans are expected to forgive and forget before we have even stitched our wounds.
“My neighbors supported a man who showed an almost murderous contempt for most Americans. They kept him standing with their support,” she added.
Heffernan, however, is not alone in carrying hysterical hatred for Trump supporters. MSNBC has already claimed several times that the former president’s supporters – and the former president himself – should be targeted with drones because “that’s how America has dealt with terrorists in the past.”
MSNBC host Nicole Wallace compared former President Trump to Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent Yemeni-American al-Qaeda terrorist responsible for several failed attacks who was eliminated by the U.S. government through a drone strike.