People should really consider
what who they wear.
A friend of mine takes periodic opportunities to put down Republicans; he sports Honest Abe. A guy I know is all about justice; he drapes himself with Che Guevara.
And woke AOC Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti dons Subhas Chandra Bose — an Indian revolutionary, British resistor, and…wait for it…Nazi sympathizer.
Saikat wore the hip T-shirt during a NowThis interview shortly after Alexandra’s 2018 election.
More on Subhas, courtesy of The Daily Caller:
By 1942 Hitler had recognized Bose as the leader of the “Free India Government.” Bose, over the course of the war, enlisted 40,000 men into the Indian National Army to help support the Japanese invasion of British India in 1944. He also recruited Indians to help fight the British in the European Theater for Hitler. The Indian Legion Bose raised for Germany was trained as a regiment within the SS.
On one occasion Bose traveled to Germany to meet Hitler in person. During his time in Germany, Bose would broadcast propaganda for the Nazis on Azad Hind Radio, speaking in several different languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and Pashto.
Bose also socialized in circles with the notorious head of Hitler’s SS, Heinrich Himmler, who was responsible for enforcing the “Final Solution” which led to the persecution and death of 6 million Jews throughout the course of the war.
Not a good look for Democrats.
However, it may be that Alexandria’s fanbase isn’t exactly comprised of history scholars. #ARealPlus
Still, this is the 2nd story in a week connecting the youngest woman ever elected to Congress to Third Reich coziness — as I covered Monday, Alexandria took a comparison to Eva Perón as a compliment (here).
Saikat got in on that action, too:
Can we stop calling the Blue Dog Caucus "fiscally conservative but socially liberal?" I missed the part of fiscal conservativeness or social liberalness that includes wasting $4.5 billion of taxpayer money to put kids in concentration camps.
— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) June 27, 2019
As punctuated by VP Pence Saturday, some didn’t appreciate the trivialization (here).
Like I said, it’s not a good look. Perhaps in some circles, it’s fashion forward; but I think most people would agree that fascism went out with skinny mustaches.
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🚨NOTHING TO SEE HERE🚨Just AOC’s Chief Of Staff wearing a shirt promoting a fascist, Nazi collaborator & admirer of Adolf Hitler. From the Washington Examiner: “Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, came under scrutiny for having worn a T-shirt that featured Nazi collaborator Subhas Chandra Bose. In December 2018, following his boss's congressional victory, Chakrabarti did a video with NowThis News, titled "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff on Acting Fast in Congress," in which he wore a T-shirt with Bose's face. Chakrabarti's choice of apparel is receiving a fresh round of criticism after Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, positively quoted Nazi sympathizer Eva Perón, the former first lady of Argentina. Bose, who wrote a book titled The Indian Struggle, visited Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1935 to give him a copy of the book, which advocated for a political system of fascism and communism. In 1942, Bose met with Hitler and later said in 1944 that India “should be a synthesis between National Socialism and Communism." The Times of India notes Bose "fancied himself as a world leader like Hitler and Mussolini." Bose declared himself in 1943 the head of a Provisional Government of Free India and claimed to be the head of state and prime minister, which he said he would enforce with execution of anyone who opposed him. In 1945, he died in a plane crash.” COULD YOU IMAGINE IF SOMEONE IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS GLORIFYING A FASCIST NAZI COLLABORATOR!?!?
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