(Alex Tien, Headline USA) Apparently staying in shape is now synonymous with being a fascist. In a surprising op-ed earlier this week, MSNBC columnist Cynthia Miller-Idriss said that pandemic fitness trends have gone extreme – literally.
The far-right obsessed Miller-Idress compared men who have an interest in physical fitness and mixed martial arts to Adolf Hitler and Nazis. The piece suggested that many fitness groups are just a facade for far-right extremist groups.
“Initially lured with health tips and strategies for positive physical changes, new recruits are later invited to closed chat groups where far-right content is shared,” the conspiracy theorist informed.
Miller-Idress took particular aim at men who are interested in mixed martial arts, writing that “Physical fitness has always been central to the far right.”
In Mein Kampf, Hitler fixated on boxing and jujitsu, believing they could help him create an army of millions whose aggressive spirit and impeccably trained bodies, combined with “fanatical love of the fatherland,” would do more for the German nation than any “mediocre” tactical weapons training.”
Miller-Idress has seemingly forgotten the fact that MMA is decidedly not only a male sport, but has had many successful and popular women fighters, such as Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes.
In a nation where over a third of adult males are considered to be obese, it’s surprising that Miller-Idress is complaining about more men taking their physical fitness seriously or showing an interest in martial arts.
One would imagine that being able to practice self-defense (and also protect one’s family), while keeping the body physically fit is a concept that most can agree on, but Miller-Idress appears content to allow men to let themselves go and become pacified.
Miller-Idress’ views on this subject may surprise some, but it really shouldn’t. No one should be shocked that a far-left, big-government fanatic does not want young men to keep themselves in good shape and be able to defend themselves.
As Michael Anton noted, “the aim of pacification is to prod one into crying out for big government and high finance to take care of things and carry you through the tough times.”