Illinois Nazis Were at Chicago Rally Says Nurse

Illinois Nazis Were at Chicago Rally Says Nurse

Illinois Nazis Were at Chicago Rally Says Nurse

On Friday, protestors swarmed the Thompson Center in Chicago to voice their anger with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s shutdown of Illinois, which is to last through May. Naturally, other activists who don’t care that others are financially struggling also showed up. They included a nurse (employed, of course) who took a picture which supposedly showed Illinois Nazis at the rally.

A group called Freedom Movement USA organized the event. Some of the protestors waved flags, others carried signs that read “The cure is worse than the disease,” and “We demand Illinois reopens now.” But this being Democrat-to-the-bone Chicago, counter protestors also showed up. They drove by in their vehicles, honking horns and waving signs that said “Trump/Pence: greatest threat to humanity.”

Yeah, I would say Xi Jinping holds that title right now, wouldn’t you?

But amidst that crowd of protestors was one woman who carried a sign that was, well, let’s say not a good look for the movement. It read, Arbeit Macht Frei JB, a jab at J.B. Pritzker. The words, as we know, translate to Work sets you free, and was a slogan at Nazi concentration camps.

What makes this even more cringeworthy is that IL Gov. J.B. Pritzker is Jewish.

So naturally, a progressive activist zeroed in the sign and posted it to Twitter, alluding that the protestors aligned with Nazi ideology. Of course the tweet went viral.

Even the Associated Press couldn’t believe the sign. An AP fact check wrote that poster Dennis Kosuth had “manipulated” or “fabricated” an image that a photographer took in Pittsburgh.

“The sign actually stated “Free small business!” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Andrew Rush posted the image to Twitter on April 20.”

Except that’s not true, as you can see from Rush’s tweet from the Pittsburgh rally. The image shows a different woman holding a different sign, standing in a car sunroof.

Because of the woman’s sign and Dennis Kosuth’s tweet, “Illinois Nazis” trended at Twitter, posted mainly by people born after the release of the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers,” which featured comic neo-Nazis. (Yes, “Blues Brothers” is a favorite of mine. Don’t judge me.)

But let’s find out about “Dennis Kosuth, RN,” the intrepid activist who bravely went into the den of Illinois Nazis, shall we?

At Twitter, Kosuth describes himself as “A registered nurse who fights for racial equity, social justice, and believes that another world is possible.” That tells us a lot, doesn’t it?

Looking at Kosuth’s Facebook page, we see that he’s a labor activist who rails against “medical apartheid and systemic healthcare inequities:”

“The profit motive must be completely de-linked from healthcare, and particular attention must be paid to endemic disparities.”

Kosuth apparently likes scholarly words. He must’ve learned them as a student at  the Malcolm X College nursing school.

And one more thing: Kosuth despises the U.S. military and their “war planes.” He probably sees them as worse than Illinois Nazis.

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Screenshot: Dennis Kosuth Facebook page.

Let’s be honest here: the woman’s sign was reprehensible. And yes, I know there are people who will say “she was a plant,” “fake protestor,” yada, yada. Well, if they have proof, I would like to see it. But since I’m an Ockham’s Razor kind of girl, I’ll stick with the most obvious: the woman is an obnoxious, tone-deaf idiot. She did nothing to promote the welfare of people who are afraid of losing their livelihoods and their homes. Those good folks would welcome a thoughtful, incremental reopening of the Illinois economy — an economy, by the way, that was already in the toilet prior to the pandemic.

But Dennis Kosuth — whom, as I noted above, is working — showed his true colors, and they’re not exactly red, white, and blue. Where’s this nurse’s compassion for people who have lost their livelihoods? Or don’t those people count in his world? After all, they appeared to be . . . mostly white. They wouldn’t fit into his dream of “another world” that is “possible.” Because they’re all Illinois Nazis or something.

The unnamed woman with the Nazi sign and Dennis Kosuth, RN: a pox on both their houses.


Featured image: wikimedia commons/altered and cropped/public domain.

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  • Wfjag says:

    Since at the end of the German is “J.B.”, she was probably calling out the Illinois Governor, J. B Pritzker, whose heavy-handed lockdown has been called fascist.

    But since the sign holder was wearing a mask, you can’t tell – maybe it was Henry Gibson holding the sign.

  • David says:

    Isn’t the sign holder mocking JB? Since JB has everyone locked up like they are in a concentration camp?

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Yes, I pointed out in the post that the sign was a jab at JB.

      However stifling our stay-at-home orders have been, they cannot possibly be compared to a death camp. There is no comparison.

    • Robert says:

      “locked up like they are in a concentration camp”
      I haven’t heard of anybody being shot for going shopping. I walk around my neighborhood all the time. Heck, yesterday I drove 80 miles to my sister’s house to fix something for her.
      Of course I felt so oppressed at having to wear a mask when I went to the hardware store for a part I needed.
      Get over yourselves.

  • The supposed meaning of “Arbeit Macht Frei” was elucidated by Himmler: “The slogan that stands above these camps is: There is a path to freedom. Its milestones are: obedience, diligence, honesty, orderliness, cleanliness, sobriety, truthfulness, readiness to make sacrifices and love of the fatherland.”

    A complete and vile lie, of course, calculated to benefit the tyrannical regime. One can find the exact same sentiment in the utterances of today’s regimists – people like Pritzker, Whitmer, Newsom, de Blasio…

  • GWB says:

    Or don’t those people count in his world?
    No, because of their “privilege”. *eyeroll*

  • Mike says:

    A little hint to anti-war Dennis Kosuth: who wages wars? The word starts with “gover” and ends with “nments.” You know, the very same people who you want to take over everyone’s health care financing.

  • Wfjag says:

    While J.B. was busy locking down the little people, it appears that the Illinois First Lady had hopped a private jet down to their (or, more accurately, “her”) private estate in South Florida.

    Laws are for little people – but, at least they’re laws and the little people are citizens.

    Obedience is for serfs.

    A comparison to a dictatorship by reference to of its most infamous lies may not be completely off the mark. Had you been told six months ago that you would be ordered to stay in your home and could be arrested for taking a walk in the park, you wouldn’t have believed it. So then, believe Benjamin Franklin: “It’s a Republic . . . If we can keep it.”

  • rbj1 says:

    ““The profit motive must be completely de-linked from healthcare, and particular attention must be paid to endemic disparities.””

    So as a Registered Nurse, is he willing to work for free and delink his own profit motive?

    • GWB says:

      Oh, I’m sure he is! As long as he gets paid what he considers a “living wage”*.
      (* Which we used to call “living in the manner to which he has become accustomed.”)

  • Robert says:

    Maybe he was wondering where the protesters’ compassion for the people who are dying was.
    Maybe he thought that using a sign that was over a gate where Jews, journalists and other political prisoners were locked up and many died was utter bullshit, and not merely “tone deaf”.

    • Maybe the protestors, as I, are wondering where his – and your – compassion is for those who are facing threats of eviction or foreclosure. Who are watching their car being towed away by the finance company. Who are looking at permanent crippling thanks to the arthroscopy that should have been done on their knee. Who are wondering whether they, or their loved ones, might be dead in the next year, thanks to the undiagnosed cancer or other disease.

      Compassion? I have compassion for the dying – and for the living. Except for creatures like this “nurse” and yourself.

  • These Nazis must have gotten bored of huffing meth while jacking off to kiddie porn.

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