So, let’s get something straight once and for all: Nazis, the national socialists of Germany, were fascist and socialist…a combination that we are seeing again today in America.
But no, it’s not Donald Trump who exudes such qualities. Nor is it anyone within the republican or libertarian parties that share these ideals. In fact, the only current, mainstream, household-name socialists I can conjure off the top of my head are Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…both liberals in every single sense of the word.
Still, there are websites dedicated to the idea that “Donald Trump is Literally Hitler“.
Now, as the nation continues to eulogize longtime Senator John McCain, the Washington Post has made a clearly bizarre editorial choice in a story about McCain’s human rights work, picking out a lead photograph for their article in which McCain is seen sharing the stage with an avowed, actual Nazi.
The Washington Post (8/27/18) published an op-ed by conservative staff opinion columnist Jennifer Rubin praising the late Sen. John McCain for his supposed commitment to “human rights.”
Rubin waxed poetic on the ostensible “lost champion” of human rights, who “model[ed] for others the behavior of a free society.” She declared, quite paradoxically, “With the possible exception of the US military…no group was more indebted to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) than the human rights community.”
There was an, er, optical problem, however: For the header image on this column, the Washington Post used a photo of McCain speaking next to the notorious Ukrainian neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok.
And just how bad is Tyahnybok?
Tyahnybok, a longtime fascist, has called for a war on the so-called “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” (BBC, 12/26/12). The far-right leader has attacked the role of “Jews-Bolsheviks” in his country’s history, and claims that there is still today a cabal of “Jewish oligarchs who control Ukraine” (JTA, 3/25/09).
John McCain met with Tyahnybok and stood next to him as the senator gave a speech in Ukraine in late 2013, as Business Insider (12/16/13) reported at the time. The Washington Post indicated in the caption on its header image that McCain was “wav[ing] to protesters during a mass rally of the opposition in Kiev, Ukraine, on December 15, 2013.” But it failed to identify the man standing next to the Arizona senator—or his extremist politics, which are the antithesis of human rights.
The absurdity of the choice leads us to believe that either the Washington Post is relying a little too heavily on unpaid interns in this age of extinction for the dinosaur media, or there was a secret message here for us to find.
My bet is on the former, given the overall impression of sloppiness in the mainstream media that has preceded this decision.