Trump celebrated the 75th anniversary of the start of the fall of the Nazi regime by sitting down for an interview with a neo-Nazi sympathizer.
You can't make this up.
Trump kicked off the celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day — the WWII military operation that marked the start of Europe's liberation from Nazi occupation — by sitting down with a neo-Nazi sympathizer, Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
The interview was not announced in advance. Instead, reporters gathered at the event noticed Trump sitting down with Ingraham at the very same time the D-Day anniversary commemoration was set to begin.
President Trump began his day in Normandy sitting for an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox (pic from Host TV): pic.twitter.com/9RXZiEp57B
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) June 6, 2019
Trump's sit-down with Ingraham comes less than a week after she aired a segment sympathizing with and defending neo-Nazi Paul Nehlen — who was booted from multiple social media platforms for anti-Semitic behavior.
Nehlen has done such despicable things as create a list of Jews in the media he claimed "attacked" him, and posted a photo of himself dressed in a T-shirt featuring a quote from the man who murdered 11 Jews in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The shirt read, "Screw your optics, I’m going in" — the quote the murder posted on social media before carrying out the attack.
Yet Ingraham characterized Nehlen as a "prominent voice" who was "censored on social media" for believing in "border security" and "national sovereignty."
The fact that Trump would sit down with Ingraham days after this controversy is hard to believe.
But it's even harder to believe that he'd choose to grant her an interview at the D-Day anniversary celebration. The thousands of soldiers who died on D-Day sacrificed their lives to rid the world of fascist leaders like Adolf Hitler, who carried out one of the world's worst genocides.
Aside from defending vile people like Nehlen, Ingraham herself has promoted white supremacy on her Fox News show. She once said that "in major parts of the country, it does seem that the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like."
CNN's John Berman specifically called Trump out for choosing to reward someone like Ingraham with an interview at the D-Day anniversary celebration.
"Not minutes before he walked on that stage, he sat down for an interview with Laura Ingraham, who in the last few weeks on her show has defended an anti-Semite, Paul Nehlen, who spouts anti-Semitic views and white supremacist views all the time," Berman said.
It's unclear when the interview will air, or what Trump will say. But if he chooses to spout his typical nationalistic, anti-immigrant rhetoric from Normandy, it will be even more of a disgrace.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.