Sorry, Charlie: MAGA soldiers and D-Day warriors are in no way the same

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Those American heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy and saved the world are going, going and all too soon, they will be gone. But take heart, America.

There is, we are told, a new set of heroes among us.

Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk on Thursday said MAGA is here to save the world, just like the valiant men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

“They were fighting against totalitarianism, fighting against a dictatorship,” Kirk said during Trump’s Phoenix rally. “But 80 years later, if we are honest with ourselves, that very same totalitarianism is now here in this country.

“The very same dictatorship that our leaders were fighting, our Greatest Generation was fighting against, are now here in this country.”

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Charlie Kirk gives the opening speech during AmericaFest 2023 at the Phoenix Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.
Charlie Kirk gives the opening speech during AmericaFest 2023 at the Phoenix Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.

Right, because Joe Biden is just like Adolph Hitler.

Because people who dress up in Trump regalia and wield a mean keyboard on social media are just like the soldiers and sailors and airmen who fought and scraped and bled and died as they came to the rescue of freedom and the world.

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Because waving Trump flags and spouting wild conspiracy theories is just like jumping neck-deep into water red with blood and floating bodies and dodging enemy fire.

Kirk has always been a self-assured know-it-all. Which is another way of saying he borders on the idiotic. (Or maybe not so idiotic given the millions he’s made off the movement.)

He’s is a major figure in GOP politics, a guy whose youth organization has transformed the Arizona Republican Party from its once-dominant role into an organization that now struggles to pay its rent.

In recent months, he’s ranted about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (“MLK was awful. He’s not a good person”), Black airline pilots (“If I see a Black pilot, I’m going to be like, ‘Boy, I hope he’s qualified’”), women on birth control (they are “angry and bitter”) and Taylor Swift (“Does Taylor Swift have any eggs left?”).

Must Kirk spew this nonsense on D-Day?

And now, he’s telling us MAGA is here to save the world from a brutal dictator — not Adolf but Joe.

“The election is now bigger than Donald Trump,” Kirk told the packed crowd at Dream City Church. “It is about a civilization. It is now a question of whether or not we will be a free society or whether we will enter a dark chapter as a totalitarian country.”

What utter and complete nonsense.

And on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, no less.

Reach Roberts at laurie.roberts@arizonarepublic.com. Follow her on X (formerly Twitter) at @LaurieRobertsaz.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Charlie Kirk should be ashamed to equate MAGA, D-Day warriors