One of President Donald Trump’s closest economic advisers dared to compare armed right-wingers who are rebelling against social distancing measures to civil rights hero Rosa Parks, and social media was having none of it.
Trump once nominated Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve, only to drop the nomination because of Moore’s controversial remarks and views, which apparently include clueless racism.
As Trump’s supporters waved Confederate and Nazi flags while showing up armed at state capitals to protest stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures, Moore voiced his support for them by comparing them to Rosa Parks.
Parks is a hero for her civil disobedience protest against Jim Crow laws in the South. She never carried a firearm to protest, but simply took a seat on a bus and refused to move in resistance to segregation.
These protesters in several states, most notably Michigan, are showing up armed and are screaming and making threats, all while Trump cheers them on.
On three different occasions this week, Moore praised the protesters and compared them to Parks.
“I call these people modern-day Rosa Parks,” he told the Washington Post. “They are protesting against injustice and a loss of liberties.”
The Huffington Post reported that Moore made similar remarks to CBS and the New York Times.
“It’s interesting to me that the right has become more the Rosa Parks of the world than the left is,” he told CBS.
“We need to be the Rosa Parks here, and protest against these government injustices,” he told the Times.
The idea that these protesters are anything like Rosa Parks is insulting to the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, and anyone else who has ever participated in a peaceful protest without carrying a weapon to intimidate others.
Americans rightfully mocked Moore for his statements.
Congratulations to Trump adviser Stephen Moore on a comment at once strikingly stupid and deeply offensive.
“I call these people the modern-day Rosa Parks — they are protesting against injustice and a loss of liberties.” https://t.co/2V1mhWFDC9 pic.twitter.com/TJIa4EZnap
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 18, 2020
Once again conservatives steal from historical heroes of equality the one thing they’ll never have, which is moral authority.
Once again they fail to distinguish between oppression and opposition.
Pro-Covid protesters are the Rosa Parks of people who would have shot Rosa Parks. pic.twitter.com/IAMn6Q3z7w
— A.R. Moxon (@JuliusGoat) April 18, 2020
Trump adviser Stephen Moore says right-wing protesters who oppose stay-at-home orders are like Rosa Parks who was protesting for Civil Rights
Really a poor choice of words & poor analogy to make, but most everyone attached to Trump administration love to open mouth, insert foot pic.twitter.com/KuHvDlXAfG
— elenadreams (@elenadreams2) April 18, 2020
Yes, Rosa Parks famously refused to sit in the back of the bus because she wanted to be closer to someone who had a highly infectious disease. https://t.co/mgjODPkf0a
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) April 18, 2020
Trump thinks nazis are very fine people and Trump sycophant Stephen Moore says the MAGAts who were flying nazi and confederate flags are “modern-day Rosa Parks.”
You’re either supporting Joe Biden or you’re supporting the candidate that the nazis and confederate racists support pic.twitter.com/zbGAoJCSD9
— Brad Beauregard Jr (@BradBeauregardJ) April 18, 2020
Idiot!!!!! Was Rosa Parks carrying an AR-15??? https://t.co/JwEqhg2rWd
— Bella (@BellaRo03383206) April 18, 2020
— John Homebound Sheehan (@dogstar7tweets) April 18, 2020
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