Fox News Isn't Pleased with the Left-Wing Politics of Captain America #1
In the issue, Captain America fights a conservative group called the Sons of the Serpent as they attempt to stop immigrants from coming into the United States from the border between Mexico and Arizona. In the most telling panel, the group's leader expresses anti-immigration sentiments that are typical of right-wing leaders:
When the immigrants say that they don't want any trouble, he says, "Oh, I believe you, sir. I can see you have enough trouble with you already, trouble and disease and crime weigh heavy on your backs."
It's a hilarious satire, but it also sounds a lot like something Donald Trump would say. It stands to reason that this is intentional, especially since the comic's writer, Nick Spencer, has publicly denounced Trump's presidential campaign.
Apparently hate speech is just fine so long as it brings in the ratings. Let's all be entertained by Trump!— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) October 13, 2015
Captain America fights the Sons of the Serpent, which draws political backlash, with people calling him "Anti-America" and "Captain Socialism." He insists that he's trying to bring everyone together, and to stick up for the common man:
Conservative news outlets had a field day with this one, with Breitbart, Daily Caller, Allen B. West, and more all expressing their consternation that Captain America was expressing liberal views (the latter with the offensive title "New Black Captain America Battles White Conservatives"). Fox News even devoted a short segment to the comic:
Many conservative journalists and readers are upset about the sentiments themselves, stating that Captain America is the "true American conservative." But many are objecting to the presence of any political stance at all, Gamergate-style. Many have pointed out that Captain America has always been a politically charged hero; in the first issue published in 1941, Cap literally punches Adolf Hitler, at a time when being anti-Hitler was not a popular view in the United States. The writers received so much threatening hate mail as a result, they had to be assigned police protection. Captain America has not always been explicitly liberal as he is in this issue, but he's always been political and he's always stood up for the little guy:
Captain America himself sums up why he's here better than I. pic.twitter.com/h09lXokZpe— Alan Sizzler Kistler (@SizzlerKistler) October 19, 2015
I saw a tweet saying liberals should create their own Captain America. They did. In 1940.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) October 18, 2015