In the time that Donald Trump has run and taken office, he has been called a slew of ridiculous names, among which are things like “Hitler” and “Nazi” and such names have even been transferred over to those who support him. However, Trump has done something that both Bush and Obama could have done but didn’t care to do: deport a former Nazi labor camp guard.
According to the Daily Wire: “The Trump administration announced early on Tuesday morning that it had arrested 95-year-old Jakiw Palij – the last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States – at his home in Queens, New York, and deported him to Germany.”
The Office of the Press Secretary released a statement following the arrest and subsequent deportation: “President Trump commends his Administration’s comprehensive actions, especially ICE’s actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil. Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij.”
The statement continues: “To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany and advanced the United States’ collaborative efforts with a key European ally.”
And ABC News reported: “Trump told U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to make Palij’s deportation his number one priority when he got to Berlin.”
In the statement by the Office of the Press Secretary, there is one particular paragraph that is in larger font than the rest of the statement. This is what it reads: “Palij had lied about being a Nazi and remained in the United States for decades. Palij’s removal sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil.”
The statement also summarizes Palij’s life, having been born in what was at the time Poland but now is part of Ukraine, immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and became a citizen in 1957. During the process of immigration and naturalization, Palij had hid the fact he was a Nazi SS labor camp guard, saying that he spent the duration of WWII “working on a farm and in a factory.”
The way the U.S. found out he was a Nazi labor camp guard is through a confession by Palij in 2001 to DOJ officials. He trained at the Nazi SS Training Camp in Trawniki, Poland. The same training camp that, according to court documents, trained SS soldiers who participated in “Operation Reinhard”, an op to kill Jews in Poland. The Trawniki camp is also famous for having incarcerated and executed around 6,000 Jewish children, women and men in a single day, November 3rd, 1943. It is known as one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust.
According to the statement: “In August 2003, a federal judge revoked Palij’s United States citizenship based on his wartime activities, human rights abuses, and postwar immigration fraud. He was ordered deported in 2004, and his administrative appeal was denied in 2005.”
In other words, the request to be deported, despite it having been an order (the statement doesn’t clarify who gave the order in 2004), was denied by someone in the Bush administration for whatever reason.
No other order of deportation was issued by the Bush or Obama administrations and no action was taken to deport Palij, as evident by this week’s events.
Now, Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire, upon talking about this subject, opened his article by saying: “It will be interesting to see how CNN and MSNBC spin this.”
In my mind, there are a couple of things that could happen: either the MSM won’t cover it (to be fair, the Manafort trial is a big topic this week, so that will get the bulk of the screen time no matter what) or they will cover it and simply say it’s some form of virtue signaling, with Trump essentially saying to people “how can I be Hitler if I literally just deported a Nazi?” and spin it that way.
Of course, that still wouldn’t work because most people don’t believe the MSM anymore and we can have conversations about how the American Left and the Nazis are basically one and the same, only with different words and different targets for elimination.
The point is that they will either avoid covering it to avoid giving Trump or ICE, the agency that deported Palij, any sort of credit, even if inadvertently, or they will try to say it’s nothing more than virtue signaling. Kind of like whenever some sports star attacks Trump as being racist when 1) there is nothing you can point to that makes him a racist and 2) everyone else on the Left is doing it already and the attack has lost all its meaning and only serves to drive his supporters closer to him.
The difference between the actual virtue signaling of a sports star (or any other celebrity) calling Trump a racist and the “virtue signaling” of Trump deporting a Nazi is that Trump’s actions are more worthwhile than the manure that comes out of celebrities’ mouths.
Successfully extracting a former Nazi labor camp guard from U.S. soil, when both the Bush and Obama administrations had all the opportunity in the world to do, is a far stronger message to send to people than “Trump is a racist because reasons”.
We send the message that those who took part in or helped facilitate the egregious actions of an evil empire of the past are simply not welcome in the United States. If that is the message that the Left wants to own today, that ship has just sailed. Obama could easily have gotten some major props on both sides of the aisle in deporting the former Nazi guard, but was too busy running the country into the ground to do it.
Bush could have also done it but was too busy forging friendships with the establishment and promising to act like a scared kitten whenever Obama blamed anything he was doing wrong on him to do the job (granted, he had less time to do it, but still).
So if the MSM wants to spin it as virtue signaling, they will have to answer the question: “why didn’t Obama or Bush do it, then?” Or at least Obama, since they would then try to fully blame it on Bush and completely avoid the fact that Obama failed to act too.
“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
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