Reporters Lash Out After White House Plays ‘Edelweiss’

Mary Margaret Olohan | Reporter

Reporters set Twitter abuzz when New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman noted that the White House  was playing the song “Edelweiss,” suggesting there was significance to the song that the White House did not understand.

“Does…anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song?” Haberman tweeted Thursday morning.

Users quickly commented that Haberman seemed to think Trump was playing a Nazi song in the White House. The song is from Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and is played by Captain von Trapp right before the family flees the Nazi occupation of Austria.

“It was both a symbol and an instrument of the von Trapps’ fleeing of the Nazis,” The Atlantic reported, “An embodiment of their belief that the ‘homeland’ was something that could, like a flower that blooms in winter, survive the harshness of fascist rule.”

“I’m sure Trump hand picked it so everyone would quickly make the Nazi connection. Nefarious!” Editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro tweeted.

“Has no one ever seen the Sound of Music?????? Edelweiss is like the Austrian’s rallying cry AGAINST the Nazis… It’s like the Von Trapp Family’s anthem AGAINST the Nazis… Are Rodgers and Hammerstein rolling over in their graves???” Tweeted The Daily Wire’s Elisha Krauss.

“Mainstream press insinuating that ‘Edelweiss’ is a Nazi anthem because the WH played it has me so much more annoyed right now than the left-wing spin on the report,” tweeted The National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis. “The more I think about it the more irritated I get. It’s the perfect example of what’s wrong with our media.”

“I have to conclude that this woman is simply a blithering idiot,” tweeted Dinesh D’Souza. “She thinks “Edelweiss” is a Nazi anthem. She needs to go back and watch the movie Sound of Music again.”

“There’s a literal tearing of a Nazi flag in the movie, by Captain von Trapp, the character who sings Edelweiss, if you have problems with comprehension,” another Twitter user wrote. “It’s not that hard.”

“They think Edelweiss is a Nazi anthem because it’s on a TV show that has Nazis and they’re also speed reading a super important report into presidential misconduct and you can absolutely trust their judgment and their depth and breadth of knowledge,” tweeted the Washington Examiner’s Seth Mandel.

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