The left’s reaction to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech has been nothing short of absolutely insane. On Tuesday, CNN contributor Sally Kohn appeared to be triggered over a chant of “USA” that spontaneously broke out during the speech. In 2012, however, she had a completely different reaction to it.
“I am a patriot and I love my country but the way people have been chanting ‘USA’ lately, especially in response to nationalist hate mongering, sends chills down my spine,” she said on Twitter.
I am a patriot and I love my country but the way people have been chanting "USA" lately, especially in response to nationalist hate mongering, sends chills down my spine.
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 31, 2018
Translation: With a Republican president, chanting “USA!” is somehow hateful.
In 2012, however, she tweeted this: “Crowd chanting “USA! USA!” after anthem, and I’m misty.
Crowd chanting "USA! USA!" after anthem, and I'm misty. #DNC2012
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) September 6, 2012
So what happened since then? Could it be that America elected a Republican?
Or could it be that there was just a little too much patriotism at the State of the Union for Kohn’s taste?
Reaction on Twitter was, well, predictable. Some users, for example, pointed out Kohn’s hypocrisy:
— Courtney ⊗ (@CourtneyWRocket) January 31, 2018
— The Last Side Eye (@Conortwalsh) January 31, 2018
Others weighed in:
Then go somewhere else. People who hate the USA don't deserve to live here.
— Kimberly B-MAGA 🇺🇸🐘🚂💨 (@kdreetz) January 31, 2018
And at least one person questioned her patriotism:
You are not an American patriot. You are an old-school Communist. Same as the rest of your Gay Left extremists.
— Gay of the Union (@GayPatriot) January 31, 2018
Chanting 'USA' is way better than chanting 'Russia Russia Russia' like you do 24/7, you schmo.
— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) January 31, 2018
Anytime somebody says
" I love my country but….."
— TruePatriotGirl (@Natersh13) January 31, 2018
It sends chills down my spine, too. And brings tears to my eyes. Because patriotism lives. GOD BLESS AMERICA! USA! USA!USA!USA!
— Bravo Whiskey (@onecharliefive) January 31, 2018
If chanting USA sends chills down your spine then you are no patriot. Or you don't really have a spine. When I hear USA I'm overcome with honor to be an American citizen! By the way the only hate is coming from the left. Fact.
— Joseph Dodd (@JoeDodd16) January 31, 2018
If the chanting of "USA" sends chills down you spine. I've got news for you, your not a patriot and you probably despise your country. You and people like you that turn patriotism into racism are brainwashed.
— TIMENOUT (@TIMENOUT) January 31, 2018
The Daily Wire noted:
The “USA” chant followed President Trump honoring those who’ve lost their lives for our freedom. “Young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy, and the fields beyond,” said the president. “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific, and the skies all over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument this is the monument to the American people.”
One person asked:
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) January 31, 2018
Kohn responded by admitting her partisanship, tweeting: “Sure, partisanship is part of the answer. But it also I think there’s a difference between ‘USA = beacon of equal opportunity for all, and leader of justice in the world’ and ‘USA first, and best, and shut the borders and bomb anyone who disagrees'”
Great observation. Sure, partisanship is part of the answer. But it also I think there’s a difference between “USA = beacon of equal opportunity for all, and leader of justice in the world” and “USA first, and best, and shut the borders and bomb anyone who disagrees” https://t.co/WYf444PMqK
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 31, 2018
And got schooled:
You are aware of Obama’s deportation rates and how many bombs his administration dropped, correct? For consistency…
— Kaitlin (@thefactualprep) January 31, 2018
As a sovereign country we have borders-Deal with it. People come here because we ARE indeed a beacon of hope, but it needs to be legally. And we don’t bomb ‘anyone’ who disagrees with us. That is just ridiculous. Stop the partisan drama Sally.
— lisa (@NYR30Fan) January 31, 2018
We agree. It’s time for the insanity to stop.
This isn’t the first time Kohn has stepped in “it,” as we’ve reported before. She once claimed, for example, that it’s good that conservatives aren’t allowed to speak at colleges and actually defended Sharia law in an attack on Trump. You can catch up on our coverage of Sally Kohn here.
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- CNN’s Sally Kohn: Conservatives unable to speak at colleges a ‘good thing’
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