Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. The massive operation was the beginning of the end of the Nazi occupation of western Europe, so naturally those on the winning side like to take the time to commemorate the occasion and honor the sacrifice of the thousands who lost their lives liberating Europe from Nazi control. Unfortunately, sometimes there are slip-ups, which seems to be what happened with a Republican congressman today
GOP Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) like to show his support for the troops by posting pictures of military men and women on Twitter with vapid patriotic platitudes plastered on top:
Unfortunately, today he made a pretty big screw-up when he tried to honor Allied soldiers who liberated Europe from Nazi control during World War II. The picture he chose was actually of German soldiers:
The stock photo in the Getty database has a description that reads: “WW2 German combat troops lay down ready to attack an enemy position.” Also, it’s not even from D-Day, it’s from a re-enactment of the battle.
Ferguson quickly deleted the photo when people pointed out he was technically honoring Nazis, but the internet never forgets:
GOP congressman accidentally honors Nazis in D-Day tweet https://t.co/co6XbVNoHB
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 6, 2018
Some thought it was an honest mistake:
Some people pointed out that it should’ve been clear the photo was of German soldiers, due tot the distinct helmet and iron cross on a tank:
Also, do those guys look like they’re storming a beach to you?
Others thought there our representatives could stand to learn a little more U.S. history:
I actually don’t think there’s anything malicious going on here other than a lazy social media intern, but Ferguson should own up to what happened and offer an immediate apology. Also, and unfortunately, there’s been a resurgence of Nazis lately.
There’s an actual honest-to-God out Nazi running for congress, white supremacists crawling out of the woodwork in other elections, and of course the violent Nazi rally in Charlottesville where Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist. The alt-right is teeming with Nazis and Republicans aren’t doing enough to let it be known they don’t tolerate that kind of hate in their party. “Very fine people on both sides” is how Trump described the vicious gang of white supremacists who attacked people in Charlottesville and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”
So yes, when something like this happens—even if it’s an innocent mistake—people need to be accountable. D-Day marks the beginning of the Allied onslaught that routed the Nazis from Europe—it didn’t happen overnight just like the Nazis didn’t seize power overnight.