After Vice President Mike Pence traveled to South Korea to attend the PyeongChang Winter Olympic games, he asked for a private meeting with openly gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. Rippon’s response made headlines. He refused to honor Pence with that private meeting even though Pence flew thousands of miles to be part of the opening ceremony and see the athletes.
When news about the rejection went national, “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg said that Rippon refused Pence’s invitation because “Pence funded gay conversion therapy in the past, which Pence says it not true.”
Whoopi then added, “But should they have a sit-down? Should (Rippon) talk to this gentleman who doesn’t even, sort of, recognize him as a person?”
Pence is not known for being a supporter of the gay lifestyle. But then Whoopi said something that stunned her liberal audience and upset most others:
“I think it would be like asking a Jewish person to sit down and understand where the Nazi is coming from.”
The analogy was popular among the hosts of “The View.” Co-host Joy Behar thought that the Pence-Nazi comparison was apt. She said it “can show what a devil the Nazi is. It exposes them.”
Although Whoopi and Joy think comparing Pence to one of the people in Adolf Hitler’s party was a fun metaphor, other people were quick to shut it down before things go out of hand.
In response to the reaction, an openly gay journalist wrote an editorial in Tablet magazine condemning Whoopi and defending Pence.
Although journalist James Kirchick is not a fan of the Trump administration or Pence’s conservative views, he thought Whoopi’s Nazi comparison was an example of “moral idiocy” and should not be repeated.
“A gay man meeting with the Vice President of the United States is not like a Jew hobnobbing with a Nazi. To start, the evangelical Christian Mike Pence does not insist that gay-owned shops be boycotted. (Actually, it’s gay activists advocating that some evangelical Christian-owned shops be boycotted, but leave that inconvenient fact aside for the moment).”
Kirchick then wrote, “Mike Pence does not allege that a worldwide conspiracy of homosexuals is bent on destroying humanity. He also does not refer to gay people as ‘vermin.’”
Hitler said those types of things about Jewish people.
“Nor, most significantly as far as this particular analogy is concerned, doe Mike Pence believe that the United States government should track down every single last gay man, woman and child on earth, crowd them into ghettoes, herd them onto cattle cars, ship them off to concentration camps, force them to subsist on starvation rations, and gas them in a process of industrial-scale extermination the likes of which the world has never seen since, well, that thing called the Holocaust.”
After attending the opening games and spending time with the Kim “Rocket Man” Jong-un’s sister, Mike Pence announced that he wants to open relations with North Korea.
What do you make of this gay reporter jumping to Pence’s defense after Whoopi’s “Nazi” attack?