I am flawed as a human. I am flawed as a person. As a man I am flawed.
-- Kanye West
We have apparently reached the Nazis Weren't So Bad portion of the MAGA movement.
(And if you read MAGA movement in the same internal voice as bowel movement, well, then I've done my job as a writer)
The artist formerly known as Kanye West, Ye as he's currently calling himself, on Alex Jones' show yesterday:
"I see good things about Hitler also. I love everyone" (followed by five minutes of West explaining in detail why he really, really doesn't love Jewish people so much).
"They (the Nazis) did good things too, we've got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time."
"Well, I see good things about Hitler also. Every human being has value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler."
Especially Hitler. Oooh, boy.
Ye also carefully explained how Adolf Hitler was "born a Christian."
(Yes, I did indeed listen to Alex Jones' whole damn show. And if you want to know how unpleasant that was, Dear Reader, you may imagine it for yourself)
Speaking of Jones, you know the guy who spent literally years attacking the bereaved families of children murdered by gun violence and promoting thinly veiled anti-Semitism (the globalists! the globalists!), yeah, that guy, even he was taken more than a bit aback by Ye's virulent anti-Semitism and repeated admiration of Hitler -- though I'm not really sure what he thought was going to happen when he invited proud anti-Semites Nick Fuentes and Kanye West onto his show. Maybe he thought they were going to talk about puppies and Christmas cookie recipes. Hitler loved dogs and cookies, I guess.
Ironic, this love of Hitler, given how Nazis would have treated Ye himself.
I mean, it takes a huge degree of self-delusion for a black American rapper to embrace Adolf Hitler.
Nevertheless, such is the state of our nation and here we are.
Of course, if it was just Nick Fuentes, just Kanye West, just another deluded anti-Semite with a fascism fetish, it wouldn't be noteworthy.
But it's not just them.
The former President of the United States invited this ideology to dinner at Mar-a-Lago because this is what MAGA has always been about -- despite Trump's feeble protestations that he didn't know who Kanye West and Nick Fuentes actually were.
Meanwhile, outside the gates of Mar-a-Lago, in Ron DeSantis Florida, Americans literally wearing Nazis uniforms and waving Nazi Swastika flags are marching in the streets shouting "Jews will not replace us!"
And Donald Trump, the man who declares himself the smartest man in the world, who says he knows more about everything than literally everyone else, claims he didn't know.
Maybe Trump really is that naïve, I doubt it but maybe. But his supporters? They know.
Oh, they know.
Sixty-Two million of these goosestepping assholes voted for exactly this in 2016.
They'd love to do so again in 2024.
Here's the thing: We spent most of the last century asking ourselves, why didn't someone -- anyone -- stop the Nazis before they destroyed half the planet and murdered 12 million people?
Well, you're looking right at it.
No one stopped them because their hate and their violence was normalized.
There were a million warning signs -- just like those above.
There were tens of thousands of moments where they could have been defeated, stopped, sent back into the sewers from which they crawled.
Why didn't anyone stop them?
For the same reason no one is stopping them now.
I'm gonna give you a little somethin' you can't take off!
-- Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglorious Basterds (2009)