Liberals are big fans of changing the meanings of phrases for which there is no defense. If you recall from a few years ago, there was a time when “kill all men” was trending on Twitter, propagated by radical feminists who do not go to any particular lengths to hide their antipathy for the male gender. But since it would be completely inappropriate for any liberal pundit to come down on such a reprehensible phrase – these are women, after all, and furthermore, feminist women, who are beyond reproach – they had to find a way to explain that “kill all men” didn’t really mean “kill all men.”
“I didn’t like it,” acknowledged Vox writer Ezra Klein. “It made me feel defensive. It still makes me feel defensive. I’m a man, and I recoil hearing people I care about say all men should be killed. But I also knew that wasn’t what they were saying. They didn’t want me put to death. They didn’t want any men put to death. They didn’t hate me, and they didn’t hate men. ‘#KillAllMen’ was another way of saying ‘it would be nice if the world sucked less for women.’”
Well, leftist apologism for wretched leftist catchphrases doesn’t begin or end with feminism. Indeed, as CNN’s Erin Burnett proved on Thursday, they are also capable of extending that courtesy to the enemies of America.
“I will say — I will say I was in Tehran when they were chanting ‘Death to America’ once. I was at a rally — the people couldn’t have been more friendly to me personally as an American. It sort of felt like a — it felt like a thing and a trope as opposed to anything that actually was seriously meant and considered. I understand your point, but, having been there myself, my experience was different,” Burnett said in a conversation with Rep. Mike Turner.
This is far from the first time that we’ve seen a leftist say this kind of thing about the Iranians’ most treasured chant, and we just don’t get it. Okay, so it’s a “trope.” It’s just a thing that says – what? That “it would be nice if the world sucked less for Iran”?
What’s really astonishing is that these are the exact same people who blew their lids in 2016 when Trump rally crowds were chanting “Lock Her Up!” The same people who nearly wet themselves last year when a single Trump rally crowd started chanting “Send Her Back!” No benefit of the doubt was given in those instances. No one suggested, aw, yeah, that’s just something Trump’s fans like to do as a show of solidarity. No, we were tarred as racists and troglodytes and dangerous fascists.
But Iranian supporters of the Ayatollah? Now THOSE…those are some warm, friendly folks.
What a pathetic joke.