Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, compared leftist Antifa protesters to soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II, helping the Allied powers defeat Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Last weekend, Antifa sympathizers showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia, to counterprotest white supremacists. The left-wing protesters did not have a permit to assemble in the streets. White supremacist protesters did have a permit, but they left the area where they had permission to protest.
Antifa protesters were heralded Saturday by many on the left for their counterprotests of white supremacists.
Fallon, a CNN political commentator, even compared Antifa counterprotesters with those who gave their lives during World War II.
“Also confronted the Nazis without a permit,” Fallon tweeted Tuesday night, along with a picture of Allied Forces invading Normandy in 1944.
Also confronted the Nazis without a permit: pic.twitter.com/3c2f3X9slC
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) August 16, 2017
More than 9,000 Allied troops died during the invasion in Normandy, France, according to the U.S. Army, but it helped the Allies gain a foothold in Europe, which eventually led to the defeat of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
Zero known Antifa protesters gave their lives over the weekend while confronting white supremacists in Charlottesville. There is no indication that Heather Heyer, who died after being run over by a car, was in any way affiliated with the left-wing group. Heyer’s family members and friends simply said that the 32-year-old wanted “equality.”
Fallon’s absurd comparison didn’t go without criticism, though. A number of Twitter users replied to the former Clinton spokesman’s tweet.
“D-Day heroes, like my uncle, compared to Antifa? It’s a shame my uncle isn’t alive to educate on how incredibly moronic this tweet is,” one person tweeted.
D-Day heroes, like my uncle, compared to Antifa? It’s a shame my uncle isn’t alive to educate on how incredibly moronic this tweet is.
— Rick Barnes™ (@soonerrick) August 16, 2017
“Yep, equating WW2 veterans with Antifa and [Black Lives Matter] is a totally legitimate argument. Are you kidding me? You insult that generation!” another person wrote.
Yep, equating WW2 veterans with Antifa and BLM is a totally legitimate argument. Are you kidding me? You insult that generation!
— RickGnVa (@obxfshr) August 16, 2017
One person even called Fallon “delusional” for making the comparison.
“Not the same thing, not even close,” the user added.
Delusional much? Not the same thing, not even close. Delete your account.
— Justmelee (@shehowlee) August 16, 2017
As of the time of this posting, Fallon had not deleted the tweet, or issued a subsequent tweet to address the criticism.