‘Of course, on some level, I realize I owe them thanks — and, man, it really looks like the guy back-dragged the driveway like a pro — but how much thanks?’ she wrote.
Virginia Heffernan, a journalist and author, sparked fury with her LA Times op ed on Friday
Heffernan compared ‘Trumpites’ to Hezbollah, Nazi sympathizers and Louis Farrakhan’s fans
Heffernan, 51, who co-hosted Slate’s podcast chronicling the past four years, Trumpcast, wrote about her struggle to accept their kindness.
‘Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist political party in Lebanon, also gives things away for free,’ she noted, detailing how ‘they also demand devotion to their brutal, us-versus-them anti-Sunni cause.’
She gave the example of the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, famously anti-Semitic but, to his followers, ‘unfailingly magnanimous.’
And she told of the wealthy French family she stayed with as a teenager, who refused to join in the 100th birthday commemorations for Charles de Gaulle, who freed his country from Nazi Germany, but had on their walls portraits of Philippe Petain, the Nazi collaborator.
She concluded: ‘My neighbors supported a man who showed near-murderous contempt for the majority of Americans. They kept him in business with their support.
‘But the plowing.’
She added: ‘Free driveway work, as nice as it is, is just not the same currency as justice and truth.’
Heffernan said she was ‘not ready to knock on the door with a covered dish yet.’
Her article sparked a furious backlash online.
‘This woman compares her Trump-supporting neighbors, who plowed her driveway, to Nazi sympathizers & Hezbollah & wrestles w/whether to show them any kindness since she “can’t give them absolution,”’ said Kelly, the former Fox News anchor.
‘Note to Virginia Heffernen’s neighbors: don’t plow again.’
Tucker Carlson mocked her on his Monday night show, saying: ‘Virginia Heffernan, in charge of justice and truth.
‘There’s something deep about this, very revealing about the state of the country.’
His guest, Greg Gutfeld, said: ‘I can’t work out if this is real.’
‘I want to know how the neighbors feel. I volunteer myself to go and interview them,’ he said.
Gutfeld called her ‘worse than an idiot’.
‘She’s a spiteful, mean person to look at people with a political lens like that, and dehumanize them.
‘And under this phony guise – this article was about unification – she calls them Nazis. It’s like a Trojan horse.’
Carlson said that it revealed ‘ideology is much more important than human kindness’.
Others on Twitter were equally fierce in their criticism.
‘This is satire, right?’ said one man. ‘Take a freaking BREATH!’
Another questioned Heffernan’s priorities, saying: ‘Maybe don’t let politics rule your life?’
A third concluded: ‘This column says a lot more about your character than your neighbors.
‘I’m very happy that you and your judgmental attitude are not my neighbor.’