One of the most unfortunate images emerged from the deadly violence instigated by Donald Trump last week was the sight of several pro-Trump riots dressed in Captain America̵
After all, as more than a few people noted at the time, Captain America was well known for a few things. Like him protects democracy, instead of working to overthrow it like Trump supporters when they cut off the certification of Joe Biden’s legitimate victory. He is also a fierce enemy of the genocidal fascists, instead of proudly associating with them, as many of Trump’s supporters did during their violence. And, of course, he is a patriot, unlike the traitors who started the American Civil War, whose flag was flown by several of Trump’s rebels.
Naturally, fans of the Nazi Marvel superhero were not having fun. Fortunately, they will be pleased to know that according to Neil Kirby, son of comic book legend Jack Kirby, who co-founded Cap with Joe Simon in 1941, his father would wholeheartedly agree with them. In a shocking statement shared by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday night, Kirby angrily condemned Trump’s unrest, which he said was an example of everything Captain America – and his father – opposed.
My father, Jack Kirby, and his partner, Joe Simon, created Captain America in 1941. Perhaps the most iconic symbol of patriotism in The Spirit of 1776, Captain America is a symbol and defender of our democracy and management of the law for the last 79 years. it was created by two Jews from New York who hated the Nazis and hated the bullies. “Captain America stood up for the outsider and, as history has written, even before he gained his strength and power from military scientists, he always stood up for what was righteous, and never gave up,” Kirby wrote.
“At the age of 72, I have a very vivid personal memory of every political and cultural upheaval after the Castro revolution in the mid-1950s. Add to that my father’s stories, and I could probably draw battlefields in northern France surrounding the city of Metz during World War II, ”Kirby continued. “However, the events that took place in the Capitol of our nation on January 6, an uprising inspired and fueled by our president, will be the event that haunts me forever.”
“While watching one of the horrifying videos of the storming of the capital, I thought I noticed someone in Trump / Captain. America t-shirt! I was horrified and upset, ”Kirby continued. “I believe I even glanced at someone with a Captain America shield.” A quick Google search revealed Trump as America’s captain on T-shirts, posters, even a flag! These images are disgusting and disgraceful. “
And in any case of ambiguity, Kirby added: “Captain America is the absolute antithesis of Donald Trump. Where Captain America is selfless, Trump is self-serving. Where Captain America is fighting for our country and democracy, Trump is fighting for personal power and autocracy. Where Captain America stands with the common man, Trump stands with the powerful and privileged. Where Captain America is brave, Trump is a coward. Captain America and Trump cannot be different. “
“My father, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the creators of Captain America and World War II veterans, would be absolutely sick of these images,” he concluded. “These images are also an insult to their memories. If Donald Trump had the qualities and character of Captain America, the White House would be a shining symbol of truth and integrity, not a rotting cesspool of lies and hypocrisy. Several of our presidents upheld the same values as Captain America. Donald Trump is not one of them. “
So to summarize: Captain America thinks the Nazis are bad.