One of the left's favorite weapons against Republican President Donald Trump has been comparing him to Adolf Hitler. Attempts to paint Trump as on par with the mass-murdering Nazi dictator have been going on for a while now — and have been dismissed as nonsense.
Calling #Trump Hitler is THE trite example of a propaganda ploy called demonizing the enemy. https://t.co/I0oIXOVf9a https://t.co/tservNs3kR— Paul Ruskov Benedict (@Paul Ruskov Benedict)1494550609.0
Not that it's curtailing the comparison, which keeps getting pounded home to this day:
@Morning_Joe #GOP like Paul Ryan have sworn Loyalty to Trump. Like generals swore to Hitler— Freedomofspeech1776 (@Freedomofspeech1776)1494849859.0
Which brings us to the grave case of New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss.
Seems the NHL player — who hails from Germany — hopped on Instagram during the presidential campaign and "liked" a meme comparing Hitler to Hillary Clinton, Newsday reported. Greiss also liked a couple of other anti-Clinton memes.
The Hitler-Clinton meme showed an image of Hitler and read, “Never arrested. Never convicted. Just as innocent as Hillary."
Never arrested never convicted just as innocent as @HillaryClinton #trumptrain #draintheswamp #deplorable https://t.co/cR7XxT6JPg— PATRIOT (@PATRIOT)1478550215.0
The other two memes featured a T-shirt that read, “Guns don’t kill people. Clintons do," and a gladiator affixed with Trump's face holding aloft a severed head that looked like Clinton's.
Remember boys & girls. Guns don't kill people #Clintons Do https://t.co/0QkCtRJqyK— thriftymaven (@thriftymaven)1475931512.0
Anyway, outrage hit Greiss like a flurry of slapshots — particularly from the German hockey federation, which has Greiss on its World Championships roster, Newsday said.
So the goalie quickly issued his mea culpa.
“I apologize for interacting with several posts that appeared in my timeline, which were wrong to engage with,” Greiss said in a statement issued by the Islanders. “‘Liking’ these posts was a mistake, and I sincerely apologize again.”
In Age of Social Media, Thomas Greiss Learns Lesson #Isles https://t.co/LFZ4f6hNca https://t.co/kYBCAlewfd— Islanders Report (@Islanders Report)1494690493.0
It doesn't appear Greiss will be disciplined by the Islanders or Team Germany, the Sporting News said.
“All athletes have an important role model in the public arena,” German Olympic Sports Confederation president Alfons Hörmann told German news agency SID, according to Puck Duddy. “Political extremism has nothing to do with sport. We will continue to emphasize the special importance of the values of sport for the Olympics — our team in Germany — Zero tolerance. Therefore, maintaining this communication would be a clear exclusion criterion for this or other player.”
According to the Sporting News, German Ice Hockey Federation Vice President Marc Hindelang told The Associated Press that Hitler “is a no-go, that’s clear” — but added that players have the right to express their political opinions.
“That’s democracy and we all have to deal with it. ... There’s a fine line between tastelessness and intolerable things,” Hindelang said.
The Islanders said the team does "not condone the actions of Thomas Greiss on social media and are addressing the situation internally. And Thomas regrets his actions and recognizes that he made a mistake.”
Greiss signed a three-year, $10-million contract with the Islanders in January, the Sporting News said.
This story has been updated.
(H/T: The American Mirror)