18 million Americans watched the reboot of “Roseanne” this week, but how many would have if they had known the Trump-supporting 65-year old real life Roseanne Barr once dressed up as Hitler – complete with mustache – and pretended to pull burnt cookies in the shape of people out of an oven?
The images, originally shot for a magazine about Jewish culture in 2009 were made famous by a Fox News article drawing attention to the highly-controversial photos.
The analogy to Hitler – who burnt and gassed millions of Jews, and was ultimately responsible for the deaths of over 50 million civilians, prisoners of war, and soldiers – is unmistakeable.
Like her old show, those photos have resurfaced.
Among those drawing attention to them is noted journalist Kurt Eichenwald, a New York Times best-selling author, MSNBC contributor, and Vanity Fair contributing editor. He notes members of his family were burned to death by the Nazis.
1. This is so horrible, I have trouble believing it is real. Everything I find says it is. @therealroseanne: If u did this, one of your “cookies” can represent my great-aunt. She was stripped naked, sent to a gas chamber and burned. @RoseanneOnABC: If this is real, get canceled.. pic.twitter.com/MLXOXFUtxQ
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 29, 2018
2…or perhaps, @therealroseanne, it can represent my father-in-laws family, murdered in Auschwitz. Or, if you have a small cookie, it can represent Antosh, little brother of my mother in law who was murdered in Auschwitz as well at the age of 11. Here’s his photo. Laugh it up. pic.twitter.com/VeTTr9xytd
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 29, 2018
Eichenwald goes on to say, “I learned from @foxnews. The photo is real. @therealroseanne burned cookies looking like people in an oven while dressed as Adolph Hitler. I am actually crying. I think of the anguish of my family, of my in-laws. I think of this little boy, Antosh. One of Roseanne’s cookies.”
Indeed, in 2009, Fox News reported, “Comedian Roseanne Barr has seriously pushed the bar with a new photo spread that depicts her as a domesticated version of Adolf Hitler for Jewish humor magazine Heeb.”
“At her request, Heeb photographed Barr wearing the infamous Hitler moustache and a swastika, holding and preparing to take a bite of what the article refers to as ‘burnt Jew cookies.'”
Heeb magazine is no longer in print but is still online.
Earlier this week Barr came under fire for tweeting “NAZI SALUTE” to Parkland student survivor David Hogg, apparently in reponse to a doctored photo spread by the right that appeared to show him giving a Nazi salute. He did no – it was just one of many false and vile attacks against the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students.
ICYMI Roseanne replied to a David Hogg conspiracy theorist who tagged the actual boy, but then ABC made her delete it. Don’t worry, here’s a screenshot: pic.twitter.com/yftDrSdq6b
— Love, Sass (@TheAdamSass) March 27, 2018
On social media, as the news of Barr’s Hitler costume and cookies spreads, some are expressing outrage:
@ABCNetwork if you keep Roseanne Barr on your network, I will never watch ABC again. She is a nazi sympathizer and displays her abhorrent behavior for all to see. If you keep her, then your network is guilty by association.
— Joyce Hanson (@ushist1997) March 30, 2018
Roseanne disrespects the flag, gives Nazi salute on Twitter to Parkland survivor, dresses like Hitler, serves burnt Jew cookies. Outrage?
— Alexandra Honigsberg (@AlexHonigsberg) March 30, 2018
FACT CHECK: Did Roseanne Barr Pose as Adolf Hitler for a Magazine Photo Shoot? https://t.co/CmUlUGBf5b
— jennah_annee (@jennahannee) March 30, 2018
I am now embarrassed that I watched the show on Tuesday night. It is permanently off my DVR now as these pictures and her tweets have made me sick to my stomach. #RoseanneNazi
— Sue Cohen (@plainviewsue) March 30, 2018
@ABCNetwork are you seriously allowing this Woman to use your network? @therealroseanne there is NO amount excuses that you can make for this. This is utterly disgusting like you. They will cancel your show! BET ON THAT!
— #WeStandUnited🗽🌊 (@_WeStandUnited) March 29, 2018
People should stop comparing “Roseanne” to “All in the Family”. Difference is Carol O’Connor was not Archie Bunker in real life he was a liberal. Rosanne IS “Rosanne” in real life. Repulsive bigot Nazi. Oh and she(her writers) are no Norman Lear.
— GreatWhiteCat (@GreatWhiteCat_0) March 30, 2018
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Top House Democrat Blasts ‘Yahoos in Texas’ and ‘Negligent’ Supreme Court Over Vigilante Abortion Ban
House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Tuesday morning vowed to protect women’s reproductive rights, blasting the Republicans in Texas who enacted a vigilante law that effectively bans almost all abortion, and the conservatives on the Supreme Court who refused to stop them.
“Later on this week,” Rep. Jeffries said, discussing the House majority’s agenda, “we will pass legislation sponsored by Judy Chu, The Women’s Health Care Protection Act, to make it clear that women across America should have the freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions. Shouldn’t be determined by a bunch of yahoos in Texas, and a negligent Supreme Court.”
Two Longtime Republican Operatives Indicted — and There’s a Russia Connection: Report
Reuters legal reporter Jan Wolfe revealed Monday evening that two Republican Party operatives have been indicted after helping Russians donate to political campaigns in 2016.
The Justice Department revealed in a statement that Kentucky’s Jesse Benton and Florida’s Roy Douglas “Doug” Wead were “charged with one count of conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, effect a conduit contribution, and cause false records to be filed with the FEC, one count of contribution by a foreign national, one count of contribution in the name of another and three counts of making false entries in an official record.”
Benton was just pardoned by former President Donald Trump for a bribery scandal while working for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in Iowa in 2012. In that scheme, Benton and colleague John Tate bribed state officials to change their endorsements to Paul for the Iowa Caucus.
After being pardoned for that, Benton is now being indicted again along with Wead for arranging for a Russian National who wanted to donate to a 2016 presidential campaign to be able to meet with the candidate.
Developing: Two longtime GOP operatives have been indicted. They allegedly helped a Russian make a campaign contribution to Trump in 2016.
One of the defendants, Jesse Benton, managed campaigns for Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. He got a Trump pardon (for an unrelated scheme). pic.twitter.com/DWiTuJJsxa
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) September 20, 2021
“Benton reached out to individuals at Political Committee B, the national party committee for Political Candidate 1’s political party,” the indictment explains. “He then arranged for Foreign National 1 to attend a political fundraising event and get a photograph with Political Candidate 1, in exchange for a political contribution to Political Committee C, a joint fundraising committee comprised of the campaign committee for Political Candidate 1, Political Committee B, and related state committees. Foreign National 1 ultimately wired $100,000 to Company A, a political consulting firm owned by Benton.”
He then tried to disguise the wire transfer by labeling it “consulting services” and crafted a “cover story.”
Wead went to the fundraiser with the foreign national Sept. 22, 2016 with a translator (Foreign National 2). They all three had their photos taken with the candidate.
“Following the event, Benton repeatedly represented to a consultant working for Political Committee B and Political Committee C that he had already sent the promised contribution for the event, but in actuality he delayed sending the contribution,” said the DOJ. “Benton ultimately filled out a contributor form, indicated that he was the contributor, and used a personal credit card to make a $25,000 contribution. Benton retained the remaining $75,000 of Foreign National 1’s money. Because Benton falsely claimed to have given the contribution himself, three different political committees unwittingly filed reports with the FEC that inaccurately reported Benton, rather than Foreign National 1, as the source of the funds.”
Legal Experts and Critics Slam Justice Clarence Thomas for ‘Speaking Out Against Something He Is Actively Doing’
Critics are observing Constitution Day by responding to remarks U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made on Thursday, when he blasted the media for criticizing decisions from the nation’s highest court and warning federal judges to not wade in to political discussions.
“When we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments, are asking for trouble,” Justice Thomas said, CNN’s Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue reports, ironically observing that Justice Thomas made those remarks “during a sweeping lecture at the University of Notre Dame that also touched on themes of equality, race and the state of the country.”
The CNN report adds:
Of all the members of the high court, Thomas has made his views on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion across the US, crystal clear. In 2007, he said that he believed that Roe and the follow-up decision called Planned Parenthood v. Casey had “no basis in the Constitution.” And in 2020, he said that Roe is “grievously wrong for many reasons, but the most fundamental is that its core holding — that the Constitution protects a woman’s right to abort her unborn child — finds no support in the text of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Thomas also on Thursday “seemed to nod to the controversy” of “so-called court packing”:
“We have lost the capacity” as leaders “to not allow others to manipulate our institutions when we don’t get the outcomes that we like,” he said.
In rare public remarks, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a Notre Dame crowd, “I think the court was thought to be the least dangerous branch, and we may have become the most dangerous.” pic.twitter.com/EHK2pEGWdB
— The Recount (@therecount) September 17, 2021
Critics, including legal experts are weighing on on Justice Thomas’s remarks, blasting him for, as Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast says, “speaking out against something he is actively doing.”
Keith Boykin, a CNN political commentator who earned his law degree at Harvard and served in the Clinton White House was even more pointed:
“Clarence Thomas didn’t seem too worried about ‘destroying our institutions’ when he cast the deciding vote to make Bush president in 2000 or to gut the Voting Rights Act in 2013 or when he sat silently from 2017-2021 as Trump trashed our institutions.”
Dr. Miranda Yaver, a political science professor (US law, public policy, health policy) at Oberlin blasted Justice Thomas, saying that “claiming that the Supreme Court isn’t political is nonsense and we all know it. FWIW, whenever I teach Constitutional Law and students go, ‘Who in the hell would write that opinion??’ the answer is invariably Clarence Thomas.”
Norman Ornstein, a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), laughed:
Clarence Thomas, whose rulings in key cases mysteriously always conform with his political and partisan preferences, says the justices do not make decisions based on politics. Hahahahaha https://t.co/Sxk1VVh0v2
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) September 17, 2021
VOX senior correspondent Ian Millhiser, author of “The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America,” also criticizes Thomas’s apparent hypocrisy:
Clarence Thomas believes that federal child labor laws are unconstitutional. Literally the only thing this troll has ever done in his entire career is try to burn down institutions. https://t.co/aSYdkxrmd9
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 17, 2021
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