(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) If you were to just read the headline from the original article that appeared in the JTA — “Nazi Sympathizer Who Stormed Capitol on Jan. 6 Sentenced to 4 years In Prison” — you might be led to believe that his real crime was being a ‘Nazi sympathizer” rather than an illegal “rioter”:
A Navy contractor and ex-Army reservist who took part in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol and has a history of making antisemitic and white supremacist statements was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, who sported a “Hitler mustache” and was known to joke about killing and eating Jews, was captured on video breaching the Capitol and leading others inside in a right-wing mob’s efforts to prevent the Senate to certify Joe Biden’s election as president. He was convicted in May of all five charges against him.
At Hale-Cusanelli’s sentencing, the judge said his “sexist, racist and antisemitic comments” were motivators for his actions on that fateful day. He did not appear to belong to any organized hate groups.
The fifth Jan. 6 defendant to face a jury trial, Hale-Cusanelli gained outsized public attention owing to his Hitler-styled appearance and an uncovered history of antisemitic and white supremacist activity (though he unsuccessfully argued at his trial that his comments were “ironic humor,” not what he really believed, and also claimed to be half-Jewish and half-Puerto Rican).
He was held in custody until his trial in part because prosecutors argued the New Jersey native would be a danger to the local Jewish community if he were released.
Prosecutors continued to hammer home his ideological leanings at his sentencing, where he also received three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.
“It is well established in the record at this point that Hale-Cusanelli subscribes to White Supremacist and Nazi-Sympathizer ideologies that drive his enthusiasm for another civil war and formed the basis of this Court’s pretrial determination that Hale-Cusanelli was a danger to the community,” prosecutor Kathryn Fifield wrote in her sentencing memorandum.
The media ran a similar story about Robert Packer — a January 6th protestor who wore “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt — apparently sending thousands of hysterical Holocaust survivors to their psychiatrists’ couches for additional monitoring.
Even though the judge in that case admitted he had no idea why Packer wore that sweatshirt, that didn’t stop him from assuming it was because Packer held dangerous and “extremist” political views.
Similarly, in the case of the Hitler look-a-like — Timothy Hale-Cusanelli — the judge didn’t allow Cusanelli’s Puerto Rican-Jewish ancestry to discredit the idea that he was the second coming of Adolf Hitler.
When “gentiles” evoke Hitler to protest against “authoritarianism” — such as these January 6th protestors — Jews often have a meltdown — even though they are the ones who have beaten it in to our collective heads for the last 75 years that Hitler was the embodiment of “authoritarianism.”
However, when Jews themselves “satirize” their fellow Jews for being Hitler-like — as a “comedy” show in Israel did recently — no one screams “Antisemitism!” or acts “offended” on behalf of all Holocaust survivors everywhere.
In other words, anyone who opposes blatant Jewish power grabs — such as the fake COVID “pandemic” or the 2020 presidential election fraud — is a “Nazi” and “antisemite” who is a potential “threat” to Jews everywhere.