So the latest nonsense from the la-la Left is that the stage used at CPAC in an Orlando Hyatt was designed as a clever salute to…wait for it…Nazis.
Yes indeed, the stage, it is said, was deliberately patterned after the “Odal rune” insignia worn on Nazi uniforms. Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union that sponsors CPAC, had to be rolling his eyes when he issued a statement of the obvious. Said Matt:
“Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long-standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”
Well, since the Left insists on going down this road in which hate messages are secretly sent?
Recall this turnout from the members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address? As pictured here:
The entire Democratic Women’s Caucus made much of dressing in white. Indeed, standing behind the President when she ostentatiously ripped up the written text of his speech, Nancy Pelosi was herself clad in all white.
Hmmm. To borrow a page from all the conspiracy theorists who saw a Nazi symbol in the CPAC stage? What prominent Democrat group dresses in white? Hint: It was a group formed after the Civil War and is described by the University of North Carolina historian Allen Trelease’s as having been the “terrorist arm of the Democratic Party”, and by Columbia University historian Eric Foner as having been “a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”
If you guessed the Ku Klux Klan you would be right. The Klan, a longtime and quite serious part of the Democratic Party in the 19th and 20th centuries, loved to dress up in white, always with a white hood to match.
Here’s the kicker. Recall the scandal that almost got Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam booted from office? That would be when an old college yearbook photo surfaced – this one:
Two young men are featured, one in blackface and the other in a white Klan robe and hood?
In this age of photoshopping, some witty photoshopper around that time took that photo of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus and did this:
The photo matched every white-clad member of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus on the House floor with a matching white Klan hood, making the obvious point that the color the women had decided to dress in was the exact same favorite color of the Ku Klux Klan. (Not to mention that the speech Pelosi tore up saluted African- American Charles McGee, a 100-year old Tuskegee Airman who turned fought in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.)
So in the style of the CPAC allegation, was the selection of white attire by the Caucus and Pelosi an accident? A mere coincidence that they picked the Klan’s favorite color? Or were they sending a secret salute to the Klan to thank it for its decades of support of the Democratic Party? The Caucus at the time said the color white was chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. But the “Ladies of the Invisible Empire”, as the women of the Klan were called, were politically active as well. It was thanks to that amendment they were out in force in a march on Washington in the 1920’s.
They made a point of demonstrating their political clout by marching in Washington – right down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol. And they did it all dressed in white – just like the House Democratic Women did for the State of the Union. As seen here:
So to return to the conspiracy theory about the CPAC stage? It is, of course, ridiculous on its face. Well aside from the fact that much was made at CPAC of the group’s staunch support for Israel, it is in fact the House Democratic Women’s Caucus itself that has been at the very center of the anti-Semitic controversy. One member of the group, Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar, has called for a boycott of Israel and is infamous for her anti-Semitic tweet that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is , “all about the Benjamins baby.”
Another member of the Caucus, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, was denounced by the American Jewish Conference because Tlaib has repeatedly engaged in “anti-Semitic and Israel-bashing rhetoric.” The Klan, notoriously, is virulently anti-Semitic.
To say the least, neither Omar or Tlaib are members of CPAC.
Oh, and there is something else that should be obvious. “Nazi” is shorthand for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Recall that CPAC had as a major theme of their gathering, as it has in past years, opposition to socialism. To suggest that a stage design that supposedly deliberately celebrates Nazis – socialists – is, of course, preposterous.
But what this fake CPAC-stage design “controversy” really shows above all else is just how bizarre and conspiracy-filled – not to mention historically ignorant – is today’s Left.
And memo to Hyatt? Don’t go there.