Hollywood celebrities have unleashed a blitzkrieg of Hitlerisms and Nazi references over the weekend as their anti-Trump meltdown continues at full force.
Once again, Meryl Streep spoke up in defiance at a fancy gala, denouncing the “armies of brownshirts” who set out to destroy her after she criticized President Trump at a previous fancy gala (the Golden Globes).
“It’s terrifying to put the target on your forehead,” Streep told a room full of activists and rich celebs who all agree that Trump is bad. “And it sets you up for all sorts of attacks and armies of brownshirts and bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to.”
When the Associated Press reached out to Streep’s publicist for elaboration on which “brown shirts” she was referring to, there was no response.
On the latest episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, comedian Jim Jeffries lashed out at Piers Morgan for defending Trump and his controversial executive order on immigration.
“Fuck off,” Jeffries said. “[Trump] hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that. Give him a fucking chance, mate. Hitler didn’t kill the Jews on the first day. He worked up to it.” And the Real Time crowd went wild.
Sarah Silverman has been having a particularly hard time keeping her sanity in the first month of the Trump presidency. The former comedy star tweeted a photo over the weekend of orange utility markings painted a the sidewalk, and wondered if she had uncovered some sort of dyslexic neo-nazi graffiti.
Walking to get coffee saw these all over a sidewalk in the town I'm in. Is this an attempt at swastikas? Do neo nazis not have google? pic.twitter.com/A4ses1G3ru
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 12, 2017
Silverman apparently has never lived in a “town” that has ever had surveyor markings or communication markers to inform utility engineers where to drill when doing street or power line repairs. This magical place where no construction work ever happens also sounds like Heaven on Earth, so in case Sarah gives this a read, I hope she directs me to this city so I can move there immediately.
These six-to-midnight comparisons of Trump to Hitler serve only to assure average voters, who presumably remember all the “Bushitler” signs during the George W. Bush administration, that this is simply business as usual for Hollywood activists whenever a Republican is elected president. If this was President Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or even Jeb Bush, we’d be hearing the same things. But worst of all, it’s just dumb and lazy.
There are valid reasons to be concerned about President Trump. Reports of infighting and disfunction at the highest levels of his administration aren’t a great look, especially for a candidate who ran on hiring the “best people” and doing a better job than our “incompetent leaders.”
Which makes it even more incredible that the following actually needs to be spelled out: Donald Trump isn’t Adolf Hitler, and hasn’t actually done a single comparable thing to the Nazi dictator. He hasn’t confiscated guns or banned ammunition. He hasn’t banned a race of people from working in the firearms industry, or any other industry for that matter. He hasn’t put the national media under state control, and he doesn’t have a minister of information personally approving which films can or cannot be made.
Congress has not passed an Enabling Act abdicating itself of legislative power nor has the Capitol been burned to the ground. Trump has not outlawed opposition parties, and last time I checked, I’m fairly certain he has not invaded a country, revoked its sovereignty and sent its citizens to death camps.
These may be overly simplistic examples when it comes to describing Adolf Hltler’s rise to power. That said, the celebrity “intellectuals” in Hollywood could use an overly simplistic reminder that everything a Republican does doesn’t automatically make them Hitler. This hysterical approach to politics will only drown out legitimate critiques of Trump, and ensure that Hollywood’s political relevance will continue to fade.
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