According to the liberal playbook, if all else fails, make Hitler comparisons.
CNN analyst Ana Navarro faced stinging backlash on Monday for rewording the famous Holocaust poem “First they came …” to criticize the Trump administration in light of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s surprise resignation.
First, he came for Comey, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
Then, he came for McCabe, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
Next, he’ll come for Rosestein & they won’t speak out b/c they’re Trump apologists
Last, he’ll come for Mueller…
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) January 29, 2018
Navarro’s reinterpretation of Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller’s legendary composition placed President Trump in the role of the Nazis, persecuting political adversaries in the way the Hitler regime targeted Jews and other groups.
“First, he came for Comey, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
“Then, he came for McCabe, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
“Next, he’ll come for Rosestein & they won’t speak out b/c they’re Trump apologists
“Last, he’ll come for Mueller…”
Navarro’s tweet suggested Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller will soon step down from their positions under pressure from the president.
She also slammed “Trump apologists” for allegedly refusing to “speak out” against President Trump’s actions.
The version of the original poem on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reads:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Many Twitter users took Navarro to task, reprimanding her for allegedly minimizing the Holocaust.
a good rule of thumb is to not compare things that are not the Holocaust to the Holocaust https://t.co/3DTOea1hiI
— Haley Byrd Wilt (@byrdinator) January 29, 2018
Oh good grief! They’re not in Gulags! They’re free citizens with public financed pensions for the rest of their lives, and many years ahead of them to thrive elsewhere.
— Susan (@dazzee) January 30, 2018
Please tell us more, Ann, Were there gas baths and crematoriums? Are your sources multiple and familiar with the #Holocaust? Have you recently been seen by a psychiatrist, in person, not by one seeing you on TV? #Trump
— Tim Sumner (@SgtTim911) January 30, 2018
Leftists: “Everyone I don’t agree with is Hitler, I know almost nothing about him, and yet, I follow the same socialist identity politics that he did”.
This people are really really stupid.
— Edgar Lazo (@EdgarLazoX) January 30, 2018
They never stop w/the Nazi rhetoric.
— Crystal Clang (@WwwCpclang) January 30, 2018
Navarro herself has previously spoken out against drawing Nazi comparisons in political discussions.
Unsolicited advice: always, always stay away from Holocaust and rape similes, jokes and metaphors. No comparison. Never quite ends well.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) July 26, 2015
Out of respect for those who died in the Holocaust, at the hands of uniquely evil people, I don't like or engage in Nazi/Hitler comparisons. https://t.co/4GBmgjeioE
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) February 12, 2017
A self-described Republican, Navarro voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and has been a vocal detractor of President Trump, particularly on the issue of immigration.
Last week, Navarro clashed with Meghan McCain on ABC’s “The View,” declaring that she opposes the president’s decision to end DACA “because I’m a Hispanic immigrant Latina.”
Navarro’s tweet insinuated President Trump forced McCabe’s removal from the FBI. The White House said during Monday’s press briefing that the president played no role in the resignation of McCabe, who moved his departure up after planning to retire in March.
CNN analysts and the facts tend not to get along.