A liberal activist who called a conservative columnist for The New York Times a "bedbug," is now firing back after the conservative called out the activist using Holocaust rhetoric, The Washington Post reported.
Times writer Bret Stephens had called out George Washington professor David Karpf, who had called Stephens a "bedbug."
"So, the Internet has been spending the entire week having good fun at [Stephens'] expense, because he was taking himself way too seriously," Karpf told the Post. "And then he had to find a way to take himself that much more seriously, by using his column space in The New York Times to call me, a Jew, a Nazi."
The Stephens column Karpf referred to did not mention the professor by name, but it did compare rhetoric of Twitter trolls to that of the Holocaust.
"Today, the rhetoric of infestation is back," Stephens wrote, adding, "More of this talk will surely follow, and not just from the right. The American left has become especially promiscuous when it comes to speaking pejoratively about entire categories of disfavored people."
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