Controversial Fox News host Tomi Lahren compared flight attendants to Nazis while complaining about the federal mask mandate.
Fox News’ Tomi Lahren Says Flights Attendants “Becoming Almost Nazis Of The Air”
Lahren was appearing on the Fox News program “Outnumbered” when she made the remark:
“I will say there are so many good flight attendants out there. But there are some flight attendants out there who take their job as the mask police to extremes. Becoming almost Nazis of the air. And it’s ridiculous, it drops beneath your nose, they’re constantly getting mad at you.”
You can watch the full exchange here:
Tomi Lahren calls flight attendants “Nazis of the air” for enforcing the airlines’ mask mandates. pic.twitter.com/3Zog6M1Hgq
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 8, 2021
Not surprisingly, left wing zealot Sara Nelson, the president of the powerful Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) union, was quick to pounce on Lahren’s words:
“While she’s projecting, we’re protecting. This is the kind of hateful rhetoric that has kept us from acting like Americans, mobilizing a national response in solidarity in the face of this crisis.
“Our union will hold Tomi and her employer personally responsible for the next flight attendant hurt by an irate pax motivated by her hateful rhetoric. Ratings are slipping at Fox – they desperately want in on a story that’s already a national disgrace.
“To the traveling public: don’t listen to Tomi. Get vaxxed, wear a mask, and come fly with us. We’re only getting back to normal if we all work together.”
I think “Nazis” was improperly used and is far t0o casually used in our discourse, as are other hot-button words.
Lahren continued, though–
“It’s no wonder people are getting frustrated. We still need to act, obviously, decent. There is not excuse for violence. But we need to lift the mask mandate in the air and I have a feeling a lot of these issues will go away.”
So I don’t agree with your her choice of words, but I do tend to agree with her overall sentiment on this narrow issue. Meanwhile, I find Nelson’s tweets totally counterproductive and needlessly partisan, though they no doubt play into the union base she represents.
Lahren’s one poor word choice overshadowed a reasonable argument. That’s an important reminder not to use the word Nazi…unless describing Nazis. But it’s a broader reminder to watch our words carefully.
Make no mistake, I don’t think Lahren’s discourse is helpful toward advancing us to a place in which violence and poor behavior decreases at airports and on airplanes. But I do acknowledge that some flight attendants are too overzealous in enforcing masks rules (like the flight attendant I recently flew with who made six announcements on the same flight that passengers must keep masks on between sips). And I also think passenger behavior will improve once the mask mandate is lifted.