Law and Order: SVU star Chris Meloni is making headlines for his recent comments over Twitter, comparing two young supporters of President Donald Trump to “Nazi Youth.”
The video, originally posted by National Committeewoman of the Republican Party of Texas, Toni Anne Dashiell and then subsequently shared by New York Times columnist, Charles M. Blow, features Dashiell’s two young boys rejoicing in the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC from August 24-27.
When Dashiell asks the children if they like President Trump, they respond “yeah…it’s because he fights for our freedom!” responds one child. “And keeps us safe!” says the other.
The video, albeit scripted, generated several negative comments from users knocking the use of children to promote political causes:
I don’t use the term child abuse lightly but— Mr. Robotjoe (@whiskyandwaves) May 16, 2020
So this wasn’t The Onion? Just child exploitation?— Roberta Rakove (@Roberta_Rakove) May 16, 2020
Teach them the history and for a project they can cut out little hoods. pic.twitter.com/aMoavF2beT— artnetworx (@artnetworx1) May 16, 2020
Meloni, like many emotional outcriers of the Left, have succumbed to the unoriginal comparison of President Trump and the GOP to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. In his latest comments, Meloni was making a reference to the Hitler Youth, a partial paramilitary operation that manipulated children to fight for and promote propaganda generated by Germany’s Nazi Party.
However, Meloni has been outspoken about his hatred and utter rejection of the Administration in the past. Earlier this month, he responded to the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, who previously admitted to providing false statements to the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation.
“Justice Dept. moves to drop case against Michael Flynn, former Trump advisor who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI,” writes Meloni. “We take another step closer to corrupt authoritarian rule.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time children have been the target of political adversaries. It doesn’t appear to be a declining trend any time soon. In 2018, actor and director Peter Fonda tweeted, “We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles.”
The comment, aimed at Trump’s then-12 year old son, was inspired by the debate taking place over border policies and protocols surrounding family separations. The tweet has since been removed and Fonda apologized, however, the sentiment lives on.
Another prolific incident was spurred by a mischaracterized video of the Covington Catholic High School kids, as they were portrayed as “racists” who were “attacking black people” for merely wearing Make America Great Again hats while touring the Lincoln Memorial. Comedian and known Trump-hater, Kathy Griffin, called for the kids to be identified by name.