[See update at bottom. – J.E.]
Should this be called cognitive dissonance or hypocrisy?
The question comes up often these days, when parsing the speech of liberals.
The liberal in question is Mr. Loring Wirbel, who on December 8 linked a Washington Post article on Donald Trump to his Facebook page, and added the following comment:
Well, at least the world can come together on one topic: Trump is a hate-speech felon who should be in prison.
The WaPo article described how British and French leaders condemned Trump for proposing a temporary “moratorium” on Muslim immigration.
Loring Wirbel is a board member of the ACLU’s Colorado chapter, and probably considers himself especially attuned to the supposed distinction between “free speech” and “hate speech.”
So it is interesting that the day before, as reported by Michael Dorstewitz (and the Daily Caller), Wirbel had made a proposal of his own about Trump’s supporters.
In his comments on another article about Trump’s immigration moratorium, Wirbel had this suggestion:
The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump, and say, “This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day.” They’re not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there’s always force, as Laurie would say.
Daily Caller got a screen shot of the post, before Wirbel decided to delete it.
Between Trump, who called only for a temporary halt in immigration, and Wirbel, who wants to shoot people, it’s hard to identify Trump as the hater.
Certainly, it doesn’t appear to be Trump who’s the hysteric. All he wants to do is suspend immigration of a particular group, one with a high propensity to terrorism, until we can be sure our screening process is more effective.
For this, Wirbel compares Trump to Josef Goebbels, and implies that not admitting people to America as freely as they might like is the same as rounding people up and sending them to the gas chamber.
We report. You decide.
*UPDATE*: It appears the ACLU does have its limits. Loring Wirbel is now reported to have resigned his post with the Colorado ACLU. The ACLU affirms that it does not condone his recent Facebook post.