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Nazi salutes as mockery: conservative fired, liberal, well, nothing

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I don’t see why anyone would get upset over a Nazi salute offered to mock someone, except maybe for the target of the mockery. I did it when I was a little kid to show defiance to an adult I thought was being bossy. Ill-advised, sure, but an expression of support for Nazism? No way. Quite the opposite. I’m sure I’m not the only little kid to have done this.

Yet mock Nazi salutes receive different treatment depending on the person doing the saluting.

Jeffrey Lord sarcastically tweeted the German words of a Nazi salute at a Media Matters nitwit in at attempt to put said nitwit in his place.

Hysteria ensued. Lord was fired.

Stephen Colbert sarcastically gave the raised-arm Nazi salute on his TV show over and over.

Nothing ensued. Colbert’s job is secure.

Fake news writer Marlow Stern wrote of Colbert’s behavior at the Daily Beast.

Stephen Colbert returned to The Late Show this week after a two-week vacation, and, given the constant chaos of the Trump administration, there was quite a bit he missed.

The comedian didn’t waste any time, ripping President Trump’s bizarre Hurricane Harvey response—wherein the commander in chief hawked a new line of USA hats, marveled at the size of the crowd he received, and failed to meet with a single victim of the devastating natural disaster during his first go-around—and the president’s creepy story about his 35-year-old daughter Ivanka, who he has a history of sexually objectifying, addressing him as “Daddy.”

So many lies packed into so few words. The president’s response to Hurricane Harvey wasn’t bizarre and only a brainwashed radical feminist would say Trump sexually objectified his daughter. But this is what people like Stern do.

On “The Late Show,” Colbert showed a clip from former Trump White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon’s interview with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes.”

“By the way, after the Charlottesville situation—that’s what I told [White House Chief of Staff] General [John] Kelly—I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him. I was the only guy that said, ‘He’s talking about something that’s… taking it up to a higher level,’” Bannon said in the interview excerpt.

“Yeah, he’s definitely taking it to a higher level. I’d say his support is about up there. Right around here,” Colbert said as he made the Nazi salute. “Or over here,” he said, doing it again. “Somewhere up there.”

Yet Colbert is unscathed.