MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd was blasted for likening the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to Nazi brownshirts -- despite the fact Sanders is the first Jewish candidate to put together a viable campaign for president and lost family members in the Holocaust.
While complaining about having his views challenged by supporters of Sanders, Todd uncritically cited a column by Jonathan Last that appeared at the conservative media outlet The Bulwark.
"No other candidate has anything like this sort of digital brownshirt brigade," Last wrote. "I mean, except for Donald Trump."
The "brownshirts" were members of the Sturmabteilung (SA), which translates into the "Storm Detachment." They were the paramilitary wing that helped the Nazi Party and Adolph Hitler rise to power.
Here's some of what people were saying about Todd's remarks:
.@chucktodd on MSNBC just read off a quote from an article calling us Bernie's online brown shirt brigade and I nea… https://t.co/bKwpDtGwH6— Alexandra Halaby (@Alexandra Halaby)1581372739.0
Last year @chucktodd admonished @AOC for accurately calling the concentration camps on our border "concentration ca… https://t.co/fiAGhqsFfo— Eli Valley (@Eli Valley)1581377630.0
i'm willing to bet @chucktodd will never be asked to apologize for comparing supporters of the first jewish preside… https://t.co/BXhiM4avku— hasanabi (@hasanabi)1581378073.0
@briebriejoy A truly disgusting remark directed at a man who had many ancestors murdered in the Holocaust. This is… https://t.co/4NuMRcstez— Real Dem Voter (@Real Dem Voter)1581375772.0
#FireChuckTodd Brownshirt Brigade were Nazi Soldiers, calling Bernie Supporters Nazi's when Bernie Sanders had fami… https://t.co/33AP6KDypf— Patrick Curl🌹🌅 #Laravel #PHP Dev cis/He/Him (@Patrick Curl🌹🌅 #Laravel #PHP Dev cis/He/Him)1581375966.0
This is outrageous. @MSNBC needs to fire Chuck Todd. I’m not behind @BernieSanders this time, but this can not st… https://t.co/uberLn5thK— Marsha (@Marsha)1581377823.0
I could comment on the MSNBC clip of Chuck Todd comparing Bernie's online supporters to Nazi Brownshirts but I'd pr… https://t.co/3Ipjdpf82m— 🎅❄️A Christmas Carlo🎄🎁 (@🎅❄️A Christmas Carlo🎄🎁)1581378494.0
MSDNC’s @chucktodd approvingly quotes a screed from Bill Kristol’s neocon Bulwark likening Bernie supporters to Naz… https://t.co/RIdT0o4oVs— Max Blumenthal (@Max Blumenthal)1581376670.0
You compared a Jewish senator's supporters to Nazis. The online brigade are called 'supporters'. Do you get that,… https://t.co/96dp9gJvsk— Beth (@Beth)1581375977.0
.@chucktodd WTAF is your damage? Seriously. You quoted #JonathanLass on national TV, the day before a primary, call… https://t.co/kVf1f1GiYa— Beth🍄🌻🌷 (@Beth🍄🌻🌷)1581375261.0
.@chucktodd . You going to apologize for calling Sanders supporters Brownshirts? Brownshirts murder policemen,… https://t.co/npZxUuhCxF— Jim. (@Jim.)1581377908.0
.@chucktodd comparing @BernieSanders supporters to the Sturmabteilung is insulting and anti-semitic. I don't care i… https://t.co/nkbv0iBveA— Good morning. Sunday morning. 🐢🌹 (@Good morning. Sunday morning. 🐢🌹)1581376344.0