dateutil timezone question

Larry Martell larry.martell at
Fri Dec 23 11:30:25 EST 2016

I have a datetime that looks like this: '2016-11-11T18:10:09-05:00'
and when I pass it to dateutil.parser.parse I get back this:

datetime.datetime(2016, 11, 11, 18, 10, 9, tzinfo=tzoffset(None, -18000))

And I have other datetimes like this: '2016-04-27T00:00:00', which
went passed to dateutil.parser.parse of course does not return a
datetime with the tzinfo.

I need to compare these datetimes, and if I do that I get the dreaded
"can't compare offset-naive and offset-aware datetimes" error.

Is there a way I can get it back without the tzinfo, but instead with
the offset applied to the date, so I can compare these 2?

In other words I want it to return

datetime.datetime(2016, 11, 11, 13, 10, 9)

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