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Twitter Users Are Calling Out CPAC, Hyatt For Its Use of “Nazi Imagery”

As CPAC 2021 continues through the weekend in Orlando, Florida, Twitter users are having their usual fun dragging the speakers and attendees for literally everything. But this year, the convention now trending as “#QPAC” for its QAnon members not even two full months after the Capitol Insurrection, seems to be leaning into its reputation for deliberately trying to push the Left’s buttons while proclaiming their innocence. Aside from naming the convention “Uncancelling America” despite that its keynote speaker famously blocked any and all of his critics on Twitter, photos of the stage inside the Hyatt Hotel are sparking intense discussion and controversy for its unusual shape.

Sharp-eyed Twitter users almost immediately began pointing out that the stage design seemed a little too similar to images used by the Nazis in the 1940s. By Saturday afternoon there had been nearly 100,000 tweets that compared the CPAC stage to the ODAL Rune, which was used by a unit of the insidious Waffen SS, the initially named the SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Freiwilligen-Division “Prinz Eugen”), later known as the 7th Volunteer Mountain Division. That unit was formed in 1941 and took part exclusively in action against the communist-led Yugoslavian partisans during the Second World War.

John Moffitt 🌊🌊🧢🧢 on Twitter: "The CPAC stage design was NOT an  accident! The American Nazi Party is moving to this symbol.…  https://t.co/YZ7oLNBUaf"

Anti-Semitism has been on the rise on social media ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. Jews in the United States suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents last year since the Anti-Defamation League began collecting records 40 years ago; 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in 2019 in America, including deadly attacks by gunmen at a California Synagogue and a New Jersey kosher grocery store, and a fatal stabbing at a rabbi’s home in New York.

Calls for a boycott of Hyatt Hotels also began circulating, especially after journalist Nancy Levine tweeted a screenshot of an email she received in response to her inquiry regarding the imagery at CPAC.

 

CPAC’s chairman, Matt Schlapp, is shutting down the idea that the stage design is in any way a nod to Nazi history, saying, “Stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous. We have a long standing commitment to the Jewish community. Cancel culture extremists must address antisemitism within their own ranks. CPAC proudly stands with our Jewish allies, including those speaking from this stage.”

Twitter wasn’t buying any of that, of course.

It’s unlikely any changes will be made to the shape of the stage, because Republicans enjoy being awful more than anything else in life, except perhaps making money off of the American peoples’ misery.



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