2/5/2021   Column: What can you do about the Trumpites next door? by Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times

You might end up like the upper-middle-class family I stayed with in France as a teenager. They did not attend a citywide celebration for the 100th birthday of Charles de Gaulle, the war hero who orchestrated the liberation of his country from Nazi Germany in 1944. They did have several portraits of Philippe Pétain, Nazi collaborator, on their wall.

 

When I screwed up the courage to ask how it was for them during the occupation, the lady of the house replied, “We were happy because the Nazis were very polis.” I didn’t know the word, so I excused myself to consult a French-English dictionary. I was in tears when I found the entry: “polite.”

The majority of Northfield Township, my neighbors, supported a man who showed near-murderous contempt for the majority of Americans.

You kept him in business with your support.