‘Indefensible’: MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Under Fire for Reciting Quote Comparing Sanders Supporters to Nazis

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MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd faced swift backlash Monday for approvingly quoting a right-wing columnist who described online supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is vying to become the first Jewish president in U.S. history, as a “digital brownshirt brigade.”

“Hey I want to bring up something that Jonathan Last put in The Bulwark today,” said Todd. “It was about how—and Ruth, we’ve all been on the receiving end of the Bernie online brigade—here’s what he says: He says ‘no other candidate has anything like this sort of digital brownshirt brigade. I mean, except for Donald Trump.'”

“I know everybody’s freaking out about his, but you saw the MAGA rally that’s prepared around here,” Todd continued. “There are people coming from three or four states on that, that’s real… This is like Bernie.”

Among the first to respond to Todd’s attack on Sanders supporters was Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for the Vermont senator’s 2020 presidential campaign.

“‘Digital brown shirt brigade.’ That’s how our Jewish candidate’s supporters are being described on the [mainstream media],” Gray tweeted. “The contempt shown for ordinary people is really something.”

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Condemnation of Todd’s comments continued into Monday evening, with Sanders supporters voicing outrage that a corporate media pundit with such a massive platform would so casually liken supporters of the Vermont senator to Nazis.

“When Chuck Todd attacked us, including Jews like me with family erased by the Holocaust and pogroms, for being ‘brown shirts,’ it’s bad enough,” tweeted Rafael Shimunov, co-founder of advocacy group The Jewish Vote. “But the implication also is that Bernie Sanders, whose family was executed by Nazis, is Hitler.”

Shimunov demanded that Todd “apologize and resign for comparing the first major Jewish candidate for president, whose family was executed by Nazis, [to] Hitler.”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Jen Perelman called Todd’s remarks “indefensible.”

“As a fellow Jew who’s aware half of Bernie’s family was murdered in the Holocuast, he knows better,” Perelman wrote on Twitter. “We’re not Nazis. God, the MSM makes me sick and we’re just getting started.”

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18 Comments on "‘Indefensible’: MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Under Fire for Reciting Quote Comparing Sanders Supporters to Nazis"

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David Bishop
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David Bishop

I never got why chuck todd has a national TV job. He is as grammatical as the grabber-in-chief. The spoken word is not a skill he possesses as evidenced by the quotes of him in this article. His struggle with the english language is persistently evident in his vacant looks.

Surya-Patricia Lane Hood
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Surya-Patricia Lane Hood

I followed Meet the Press way back when Tim Russett was moderator. When Chuck Todd became moderator, I stopped. He is so obviously pro Republican that he makes me sick. I rarely watch anything on NBC anymore.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Chuck Todd is (not pro )any party.
I think he’s a straight shooter.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

I am reserved on Todd, but you are right. He treats them all the same. Some of what people resent about him.

J. M.
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J. M.

Where is Shep Smith? Problem solved.

Mr. Mustang
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Mr. Mustang

I’m with you J.M. Where is Shep Smith? ✌🏻️

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Good question. Like to see him comeback,
not on Fox .

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Fools ,I believe Chuck Todd , is also Jewish . So he’s not saying that about himself , he’s quoting another person . For that matter , Bloomberg is also Jewish. Trump’s daughter is Jewish (she Renounced Jesus as her lord and savior) , when she converted , after Donald , became President. Trumps grand children , are now Jewish. His best friend’s ( Jeffrey Epstein, Allen Dershowitz , most of his lawyers, and book keepers, and his (best friend in the world ),was qRoy Cohn , all Jewish including Steven Miller his mouth piece . Do what’s the big… Read more »
chris whitley
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chris whitley

Ivanka is political Jewish, there’s a difference between that and religious jewish.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Well he dad has been trying to create a Jewish nationalism. But she’s been accepted as a full Jewish mother . Of course that’s not according to the Babylonian Talmud. While some Jewish folks claim to be a race , we all know you cannot convert to a race . So it’s not a political conversion, it’s a religious conversion , because she had to “verbally “ renounce (Jesus Christ as her lord and savior ) It’s required to convert . Judaism is not a political party , it’s a religious belief and following. Jew’s are not a monolithic group… Read more »
chris whitley
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chris whitley
Well I believe that she accepted Jewish religion as trump has accepted the evangelical religion. They are blowing smoke to cover their deceit. Ivanka with Jared’s help has become Jewish so that trump can point to her when meeting Jews. He foolishly believes that they will suck it up that she’s a convert. Just as trump is fooling the evangelical Christians that he’s a Christian. All you have to do is watch when his Christian people pray. Everyone but trump has head bowed and usually eyes closed. Trump will be looking around and checking the crowd to see who’s watching… Read more »
Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Yes she’s one of the apples in Trump’s eyes .
But it’s my opinion, most of his “ eye apples “
are rotten to the core .
I don’t believe most Evangelicals,
realize Ivanka actually had to speak the words that she renounced Jesus Christ as her lord and savior.
How many( true Christians ), would have done that
for any reason?
While I’m not a “ true Christian “ , I would
never say that for “any reason.”

Ed Gould
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Ed Gould

I will have to agree with Todd on this one. Bernie’s people go way overboard in talking about Bernie’s Election. I will say this much which in my mind clearly shows that Bernie’s people cost us the 2916 election and gave us Trump. Their Bernies (people) brought us a scorched earth policy in the 2016 election. So if we are blaming Trump, we can also blame Bernie’s people as well. Bernie also did not bow out completely once Hillary won. He also did not rein his people back either, that is on him.

Amy M
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Amy M
I am an avid bernie supporter since 2015 and I had never heard the derogatory term “Bernie Bros” until a couple weeks ago and I am on social media following Bernie’s various supporters. I think it is appalling to see our “democratic ” pundits constantly bashing Bernie and his supporters as though his humanist/equality/kindness and hope for the average people approach is something akin to communism or in some way evil. Comparing Bernie supporters to Nazis is hugely wrong especially considering the vast majority of Bernie’s polish jewish ancestors were eliminated in the Holocaust. Cut it out. Bernie nor his… Read more »
Ed Gould
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Ed Gould
This is the last time, I will say anything about Sanders and the 2016 election. Sanders’s supports were out for blood with Hillary. They played into Trump’s “Hillary was a crook mantra.” I received several phone calls from Bernie’s supporters in which they denigrated Hillary from a thief to a man-hating woman and how she screwed up in Benghazi. They were the throw her in a ditch at any cost and that Bernie was the only winnable candidate. I was disgusted after the phone calls. On to the items that shocked me with Bernie, 1: once he had lost the… Read more »
chris whitley
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chris whitley

That’s right. And one of the main reasons we have trump. Get over it. The facts speak for themselves.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

True , but unfortunately most folks
don’t bother with facts .
If they did , they wouldn’t
have voted for Trump .
He was a (well known lier) , cheat,
sexual predator.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Yeah I know. I ain’t like the other sheep. I knew he was nothing but white trash. He never fooled me.