Just when you thought the teabaggers couldn’t possibly surprise – or disgust – you any further than they already have.
Last week, if you remember, Michele Bachmann summoned her hordes of winged monkeys teabagger supporters to an “impromtu” rally on the steps of the capitol to protest the upcoming passage of the health care bill in the House. Teabaggers, having been bused in on air-conditioned luxury touring buses by the 8th richest guy in the world, David Koch – founder and principal funder of Americans For Prosperity – obliged with an unusually pungent display of wingnuttery, including at least one large, strategically-placed poster of a pile of emaciated corpses outside Dachau in 1945 (picture in above link; I wrote about it) with the words “National Socialist Health Care, Dachau, 1945.”
Disgusting, right? Well, get a load of this. Elie Wiesel, who survived first Auschwitz and then Buchenwald, saw this teabagger picnic – and criticized the use of the Dachau imagery (on Twitter). I doubt anyone reading this will need the backstory, but just in case: after the war, Wiesel went on to write many works, including Night, and became perhaps the world’s foremost writer on the holocaust and against repression, racism and violence, eventually winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
So of course, the teabaggers got wind of Wiesel’s disapproval of their co-opting the concentration-camp/holocaust imagery. Americablog has the story of how they responded. Or, just to over to The Politico and read the comment thread for yourself. Here’s just a tiny sample of the vile bile Americablog dug up from the more fetid corners of wingnuttia’s response to this holocaust survivor:
The jews need to clam up and accept the fact that they are in a Chritian country.
This hollowcost thing is totally overblown by the jewish.
Eli Wiesel should just go back to Indonesia. I don’t see him condemnig the terrorist shooter at Fort Hood.
Elie is a whiner. She should stop her whining. You didn’t not complane when the libs were calling Bush Hitler.
Elie Weisel is disgusting PR-seeking profiteering demagogue who has made a fortune off playing on the world’s guilt trips about the what happened to the Jews during WW2. Most objective WW2 researchers agree now that the beastial Nazi”s, who happened to be anti-capitalist Socialists, killed even more Slavs and Gypsies in their concentration camps than Jews, but you don’t see the Slavs and Gypsies trying to profit off the “Holocaust” like some of the shameless powerful Jews in the media.
It gets worse; read it all, my pretties. These are the flag-sucking half-wits (h/t Hunter S. Thompson, RIP) who call themselves “patriots.” But over on Twitter, someone came up with a better term: hatriots. Hey, if the shoe fits…and I think, after unleashing that torrent of abuse on a concentration camp survivor, it fits like a glove.