Thank you Ali for sending me the link in a comment. Great article. Hugs
The conservative “news” outlet, The Federalist, published a screed against transgender people that echoes rhetoric that German Nazis used against Jewish people in the 1930s.
The attack came in a piece entitled “We Need To Stop Calling Ourselves Conservatives,” written by John Daniel Davidson. Davidson is also the political editor for The Federalist.
Davidson’s piece refers to “the transgender question” and says, “On the transgender question, conservatives will have to repudiate utterly the cowardly position of people like David French, in whose malformed worldview Drag Queen Story Hour at a taxpayer-funded library is a ‘blessing of liberty.’”
Davidson makes a call to arms for conservatives to oppose transgender rights: “that parents who take their kids to drag shows should be arrested and charged with child abuse; that doctors who perform so-called “gender-affirming” interventions should be thrown in prison and have their medical licenses revoked; and that teachers who expose their students to sexually explicit material should not just be fired but be criminally prosecuted.”
His argument is a mirror image of the Nazi world view that Jews had to be the subject of persecution, to be regarded as non-people, and ultimately to be mass murdered in a Holocaust that killed over 6 million innocent men, women, and children.
The Holocaust Encyclopedia published by the United States Holocaust Museum notes, “Once in power, the Nazi Party began taking measures to solve the ‘Jewish Question’ in Germany. First, they initiated policies and laws that transformed German Jews into second-class citizens. Then, they expelled Jews from Germany or forced them to emigrate. During World War II, Nazi Germany and its collaborators expanded this goal. They aimed to cleanse all of Europe of Jews through their forced “resettlement” in occupied Poland, the French island of Madagascar, or later occupied Soviet territory.”
Over the last few years, the conservative movement has been involved in a heated attack on the rights of transgender people in the United States.
Most recently, congressional Republicans have introduced legislation entitled “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022” that is designed to smear transgender people and undermine their rights to a peaceful life.
The Federalist was co-founded by Ben Domenech, a conservative activist who was removed from the Washington Post for plagiarism. He is married to Meghan McCain, former co-host of The View, a columnist for the right-wing Daily Mail, and the daughter of the deceased Sen. John McCain.
One of the first political bloggers in the world, Oliver Willis has operated OliverWillis.com since 2000. Contributor at Media Matters for America and The American Independent. Follow on Twitter at @owillis. Full bio.
3 thoughts on “The Federalist Adopts Nazi Rhetoric Against Transgender Americans”
See, to me, since Mr. Domenech’s peers aren’t stepping up to disclaim what he’s written and to request at least a re-phrasing and clarification, there ought to be some sort of sanction somewhere for this. That’s probably as succinct as I can get in regard to what I wrote earlier about stomping on certain speech in certain contexts.
This stuff won’t stop unless conservatives and Republicans themselves step up and loudly refute it, much as spiritual people have to loudly denounce this christian nationalist stuff, and so forth (there is usually something for everyone.)
We need to all mind our damn manners!
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And bring to justice all those who we know have/are hurting people under the laws.
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Hello Ali. You have a grand loving heart. But his peers don’t challenge what he wrote because they believe it also. The right wing circles that that magazine is written for and the republicans that read it all are part of the segment of the right who really endorse the Nazi views as proper and correct. They agree with the hatred, they agree with making those others disappear from society so everything will be better for the good people like them. The leaders of the republican party are the hateful Nazi authoritarians that want power at all costs to force only those they disagree with and the ideas they hate to be removed completely from society. As for manners, think of Marge Greene and Jim Jordon, their ilk in congress are not legislators but instead are professional trolls. Their greatest joys are hurting other people and forcing others to do as they demand. When the congresswoman across the hall from Marge Greene hung a trans color flag outside her office door to honor her trans daughter Greene hung a huge banner on the wall that read in large letters “There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. “Trust The Science.”” And then made statements and tweets misgendering the trans daughter. The goal was to hurt the other mother and to destroy trans people. The meanness is intentional. In my opinion there are two groups claiming to be republicans right now. The old republican party of Moscow Mitch McConnell and Liz Cheney, while the other is the cult party of trump. Even though the cult party of trump is smaller they are growing in numbers and power all the time. Look how many fervent election deniers are running for office and winning elections. Soon to be republican will mean supporting trump and the Christian nationalist bigotry while they do what they Nazi’s did, rule the country by force getting rid of those they hate. Hugs
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