According To the “Duck Test” Trump Is a Raging White Supremacist

 

Whether they realize it or not, most Americans are familiar with the so-called “duck test.” It is a humorous term for a form of abductive reasoning implying the ease of identifying a subject based on their habitual characteristics. It is typically stated thus:

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck.

If any American had questions after listening to Donald “Duck” Trump act, walk and talk like a Nazi white supremacist, then they should have no doubts any longer about what he really is. It is particularly true as of late when Trump equated his nasty racist devotees with Americans vehemently opposed to racism. And, as if to display his white supremacist bona fides for all to see, Trump compared the white supremacists’ and Ku Klux Klan’s treasonous Confederate heroes with America’s Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

It isn’t that Trump doesn’t know the difference between his white supremacist acolytes and decent Americans who oppose them, or why the nature and symbolism of Confederate statues inclines decent Americans to want them removed; he certainly does. But he doesn’t care because he is a public and private racist and is as ensconced in the white supremacist mindset as every Nazi, white supremacist and K.K.K. member that created havoc and shed blood in Charlottesville last week.

After listening to Trump parroting the exact same talking points as the K.K.K., League of the South, Occidental Dissent, alt-right, Daily Stormer and various Confederate white supremacist groups, it is beyond refute he is one of them. It might be true that Trump doesn’t want to recreate the United States in the image of the Confederacy that attempted to tear America apart, but by venerating its treasonous leaders as some kind of divine cultural icons and defending memorials to their vicious acts and deeds, he may as well hoist a Confederate battle flag over the White House and declare war against the United States of America. In a manner of speaking, he already has.

First, Trump equating the treasonous Robert E. Lee to Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson because the latter owned slaves is simply beyond the pale. Yes, it is problematic that the Founders owned slaves, but they were not traitors to the nation they founded. Conversely, Robert E. Lee left the United States military to wage war against the United States of America; it is the Constitution and U.S. Code definition of what a traitor to America is.

Robert E. Lee only avoided being tried, convicted and executed for treason due to the Herculean effort of Ulysses S. Grant. It was Grant who convinced then-president Andrew Johnson to quash an indictment against Lee for treason. Grant was averse to going back on his word to the Confederate traitors that they would be granted amnesty despite causing the deaths of well over 750,000 Americans in the South’s bloody war against the United States.

That bloody war to “rip apart America” was fought to preserve the South’s ability to own human beings as slaves and it is that “culture” the Trump and his white nationalist acolytes want to “honor.” It is noteworthy that Trump’s acolytes want to rip the country apart again to recreate the Confederacy as “white man’s land” to “reclaim their precious patrimony” the Confederate statues and monuments symbolize.

Trump had the temerity to write on Twitter  that it was “foolish” to remove statues of traitors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson while putting them in the same class as two of the nation’s Founding Fathers. To sound as close as possible to the white supremacists and Klan members in Charlottesville last week, Trump wrote:

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”

It was sickening that Trump accused Americans opposed to memorials to slavery and treason as “ripping apart our great country’s culture” when those same memorials honor the traitors who literally attempted to “rip our great nation apart.”

That language was not, as the New York Times wrote, “similar to that of white supremacists arguing the statues should remain in place.” It was verbatim parroting directly from the League of the South, Ku Klux Klan, and Occidental Dissent that claim the Civil War had nothing to do with white men subjugating another race.

Back in May the Los Angeles Times editorial board noted:

Despite the assertions of apologists [like Trump], the war was not a fight to repel Northern aggression — the South fired first — nor to save a genteel agrarian culture. Those who continue to romanticize antebellum Dixie willingly embrace a world that found its meaning in the violent subjugation of another race.” )author bold)

In fact, that subjugation continued well beyond the end of the Civil War and it is precisely what white supremacists and Nazis want to re-establish; including maintaining the Confederate traitors’ statues to remind African Americans that they are sub human in “white man’s land.”

A fair number of those statues and monuments to the Confederacy were erected several decades after the Civil War ended during the so-called “second rise” of the racist Ku Klux Klan. They reflected a hateful attempt by Southern racists to “rewrite the past and intimidate African Americans already beaten down by Jim Crow laws and a caste system based on one superior race.”

As noted in the New York Times, “a statue of [Robert E.] Lee in a town square sends a frightening message [to African Americans] that the [Civil] war might be over, but the South is still the [white supremacist] South.”

If any American uses abductive reasoning, the so-called “duck test,” to identify Trump according to his characteristic traits, worldview, and speech, they are left with no other conclusion than he is a Nazi white supremacist in the mold of his avid K.K.K supporters. That same test can be employed to identify the great majority of Republicans who are still standing with Trump. Republicans may not express their white supremacy out loud like Trump, but by not demanding he resign immediately or impeaching him with extreme prejudice, they are as abominably racist as their Nazi white supremacist leader.

Trump Gives Nazis the Legitimacy They Want

 

It would be a stunning revelation to learn that anyone in America believed for a second that Trump was being sincere when he uttered the words “white supremacists, neo-Nazis, K.K.K., and other hate groups” in the same sentence as “evil” on Monday.  By now, everyone and their pet canary knows that Trump resisted his own administration’s pleas to at least feign some outrage at his most fervent base of support for the violence and deaths in Charlottesville over the weekend. Apparently his chief of staff Kelly tricked him into saying something semi-respectable with assurances it would hasten his much-needed legislative accomplishments and achieve his lofty agenda sooner rather than later.

However, Trump could barely contain his revulsion at being pressured into reading an anonymously created script that infuriated his white supremacist devotees, and that pent-up revulsion came screaming out loud yesterday when he doubled down on his initial comments in what was reported as a combative exchange with reporters.

What Trump’s remarks blaming the anti-racist protestors for the violence in Charlottesville really amounted to was one giant mea culpa to the Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists for his comments on Monday. Trump’s remarks yesterday were what the New York Times rightly stated was giving the K.K.K., white supremacists, and Nazis “an unequivocal boost.”

That boost also served, as it was intended, to encourage and legitimize the Nazis and white supremacists by portraying Americans who oppose racism, fascism and white supremacy as “very, very violent” and really bad people. Many observers claimed Trump was in a flaming rage during his assault on decent Americans in front of the press, but it was really a bit of propaganda to portray opposition to him and his nasty Nazis as “very, very violent” behavior by “really bad people.” Americans can expect to hear a lot more of that propaganda going forward with terms like “alt-left, radical leftists, and leftist terrorists.”

No doubt Trump chose those terms while he perused the white supremacists websites criticizing him as a “cuck” for daring to insinuate in a prepared statement on Monday that the Nazis went to a protest armed and looking for violence; even though they advertised heavily that they were looking for violence and told their supporters to prepare for it. As Philip Bump noted in a WaPo article, Trump’s latest remarks “put a fine point on it, he sides with the alt-right [Nazis] in Charlottesville.” (author bold)

Trump had a lot to say in defense of his initial remarks that “many sides” were to blame for the racist violence, but it all focused on how he was “right” in claiming that “his people” were innocent and peaceful bystanders who were charged  and  viciously attacked by something he called “the alt-left.” The anti-racist and anti-fascists are not the “alt-left,” they are democracy-loving humanitarians the Nazis have pledged to confront again if they dare to exercise their constitutional rights to oppose fascism and white supremacy.

Shortly after Trump reiterated, with anger, that the real terrorists in Charlottesville were those protesting against fascism and white supremacy,  the Nazis cult was duly satisfied; but none more than former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke who was elated. He tweeted:

Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa.”

And one of the leading racists and white nationalist (supremacist) leaders who was an active participant in the Charlottesville Nazi-fest, Richard Spencer, was as super-excited and emboldened as Duke by Trump’s remarks. Spencer needed the tacit White House approval to keep advancing the Nazi cause after vowing over the weekend to “flood Charlottesville with similar protests in the coming weeks.” Spencer said:

Trump’s statement was fair and down to earth (sic). I’m proud of him for speaking the truth.”

No doubt part of the so-called “truth” according to the Nazis is that anyone opposing the fascist white supremacists, and by extension Trump, is a “very, very violent leftist terrorist” and that the racists in the Nazi white supremacist movement are “very fine people.” It’s true Trump didn’t call the Nazis “my people,” but that is precisely what his devotees in the white supremacist movement heard and now know to be true; Donald J. Trump is one of them and they have his administration’s blessing and backing.

By resolutely  asserting that Americans protesting against racism and fascism were more responsible for the “bloody and deadly” violence in Charlottesville than his supporters”brandishing swastikas, Confederate battle flags, clubs, shields, long rifles, anti-Semitic banners and Trump/Pence campaign signs,” Trump signaled to the Nazis he was defending them. As no small number of commentators and pundits have already noted, Trump’s comments on Tuesday “legitimized white supremacists [Nazis] like no president in modern history;” because he is, after all, just another Nazi fascist and an evil racist.

Charlottesville Was Alt-Right’s Prelude To Civil War

Any American paying attention to Trump’s presidential campaign quickly realized that he was not appealing to economically-challenged Americans, the working class, or people concerned about terrorism or national security. Whether it was the racist dog whistles or blatant attacks on minorities and immigrants, Trump pandered and appealed to racists and it is why they are growing dangerously ascendant every day.

It’s highly likely that Trump was only taken seriously as a presidential candidate by his “basketful of deplorables” because he spent several years attempting to delegitimize President Barack Obama based on the Trump lie that he was not a real American. Trump was smart enough not to call the President illegitimate simply because he was Black, but to racists and white supremacists Trump’s message was crystal clear; America belongs to the white man.

To be fair, the racial animus toward people of color did not start with Trump; it had been simmering since the 1960s and became a popular worldview among Republicans with Barack Obama’s election. That racial animus was accompanied by a new call to “take our country back” by conservatives who weren’t concerned about a Democratic administration, higher taxes or regulations; they were appalled that a non-white man had attained the highest office in the land. Although the so-called “alt-right” as a “named movement” would emerge a few years after President Obama’s election, it existed all the same under the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, white power and former-Confederate monikers.

No matter what the organizers of the deadly Charlottesville “rally” claimed publicly, they were not protesting over a statue’s removal; they were sending a signal that their crusade to recreate the Confederacy was underway. Any American who believes otherwise, or that the racist “alt-right Nazis” will stand down after Charlottesville haven’t been paying attention. The alt-right and all of its white supremacist iterations have already pledged to return to advance their crusade to create “a white man’s land.”

As Slate’s Tom Perriello noted, the rally’s organizers may have used the removal of a Confederate statue as it’s primary purpose of the protest, but after cries of “Heil Trump, blood and soil, and Jews won’t replace us,” it was nothing but a Nazi assault on America’s diverse population. The so-called “alt-right” has one goal that fits seamlessly with the former Confederacy and 1930s Nazi Germany: a nation ruled according to white supremacy. And that idea of a separate Aryan nation is what the movement’s leaders have been on a crusade to garner support for; restoring the Confederate States of America.

According to “League of the South” president, Michael Hill, his movement’s intent is clearly elucidated in a Facebook post titled “fight or die white man.” There can be little doubt what the “Unite the Alt-right” protest was really all about.

What we nationalists seek is nothing less than the complete re-conquest and restoration of our patrimony – the whole, entire South. And that means the South will once again be in name and in actuality White Man’s Land.”

The League of the South, Daily Stormer, Occidental Dissent, and several other “alt-right” related groups want to secede again and restore the Confederacy. And, if it means triggering a second Civil War, so be it. The League of the South has already “erected billboards that say ‘SECEDE’ in several states” including creating a banner for the coming battle to establish their “white man’s land;” a black and white version of the Confederate battle flag sans stars. The Associated press reported that, “Secession finds support on [alt-right related] websites that support white nationalism, including Occidental Dissent, and the openly racist, anti-Semitic Daily Stormer.

No American should think that the nation has seen the end of the violence accompanying the alt-right’s “rally” just because their champion (Trump) was pressured to call out the hate of white supremacists. In fact, although they pledged to descend on Charlottesville again, and started more trouble in San Antonio Texas over a different Confederate traitor’s “statue,” their intent is preparation to shed blood to create their “white man’s land.” It is a deep-seated goal they’ve harbored for generations and they are anxious for a reason, any reason, to wage war to achieve that goal. In case it seems too far-fetched to believe, the League of the South president alerted white nationalists to prepare for war. He wrote on Election Day, 2016:

If Trump’s enemies win, they will be coming for blood. If they lose, they will be coming for blood. And that’s fine with us. We have prepared for this day.”

Even though no-one except Trump’s supporters are “coming for blood,” after months of escalating their level of violent rhetoric,  a White House occupant’s tacit support, and a message that the time has come to get strong for battle, the alt-right is telling its supporters to prepare for violence to create a white man’s land. After what happened in Charlottesville, their threats cannot be dismissed as “bluster” any longer. They are deadly serious, heavily armed and have several allies ensconced in the White House and more government agencies than most Americans are aware of.

In February Republican Said Running Down Protestors Was Common Sense

 

So, after a neo-Nazi drove into a crowd of Americans protesting against racists and fascists killing one and injuring 19 others, Republicans have come out calling it an act of white supremacist terrorism. Many Republicans even lashed out at the Nazi in the Oval Office because he refused to condemn his base and instead blamed “many sides” for bigotry and hate-driven mayem. That’s awfully generous of the GOP and although it appears everyone should afford them some small measure of deference for condemning the fascist they have moved the proverbial heaven and the real Earth to protect; they cannot possibly be taken seriously.

First, where was the GOP criticism of Trump when he ignored a terror attack on a Minnesota mosque last week, or when a white man drove his car into an English mosque? One can’t help but believe if the young woman who was murdered by one of Trump’s Nazis on Saturday was not white, there may have been no comments at all; especially for using a motor vehicle to “run down protestors.”

This is particularly true among Republican states where legislation was introduced to allow motorists to “run down protestors” with impunity; including legal immunity from any civil action. What happened in Charlottesville on Saturday is certainly down to Donald Trump’s loving embrace of the white supremacist movement, but Republicans bear a major share of the blame for never harshly condemning their party’s attempt to legalize opposing a protest with a motor vehicle.

Of course none of the Republicans who condemned Trump’s refusal to call out his Nazi base (they never condemned his affiliation with Nazis) have openly advocated for allowing their supporters to “run down protestors with cars,” but they also haven’t condemned members of their own party who have “tacitly advocated running down protestors with cars.” It has been a hot topic for discussion among conservatives who detest the idea of free speech, peaceable assembly, or freedom or expression if it is in opposition to conservatives’ agenda.

As Matthew Chapman noted over at Share Blue, during the demonstrations by Native Americans opposing Trump for supporting for the Dakota Access Pipeline, an avowed Republican “tweeted, and then deleted, ‘I wonder how many #NativeNationsRise #NoDAPL protestors I could run over before I got arrested.’” That bit of fascism was courtesy of Daily Caller editor Katie Frates and was not an isolated display of Republican opposition to dissenting voices. And it is particularly noteworthy that all of this fascist targeting constitutionally-guaranteed peaceful protests began directly after Trump’s inauguration and the truly monumental, and peaceable, nationwide women’s protest against the fascist in the White House.

Of course a Trump-supporting Nazi would run down peaceful protestors, it is what Republicans have been attempting to legalize since Trump has been in the White House. Earlier in the year the North Carolina House introduced two separate bills targeting peaceful protestors on two counts. First, one of the GOP bills would declare protestors guilty of a newly-created crime, “economic terrorism” and allow authorities to “seize all real and personal property associated with protest.”  The second bill stripped peaceful protestors of the right to file a civil lawsuit against any driver who drove into them under the guise of protecting the protestors. The second Republican bill was a late March, 2017 response to protests that occurred last fall in Charlotte – before Trump was elected.

Republicans introduced similar bills to North Carolina’s in Tennessee and North Dakota. Both Republican bills “banned peaceful protestors who were ‘run over’ by angry drivers from suing their motorized assailants.” The Tennessee legislation targeted anyone “participating in a protest or demonstration” that a driver believes is “blocking traffic in a public right-of-way.” Republicans called the bill “common sense legislation to protect everyone’s right to peacefully protest.”

The Republican bill in North Dakota, House Bill 1203, was sponsored by state Representative Keith Kempenich who owns a trucking company. Kempenich’s bill was offered specifically to protect drivers who injure or kill protestors on a public road or highway. Kempenich denied his proposal was to prevent protests against the hotly-contested Dakota Access Pipeline, even though he wants it built for the economic benefit it will bring; he just wants to “see it done right” without interference or opposition from protestors.

Although not giving conservatives legal authority to run over protestors, an Indiana bill directed law enforcement to us ‘any means necessary’ to put a stop to protests. The Republican sponsor, State Senator Tim Jones claimed protestors are a “lethal menace” because they are guilty of “preventing first responders from reaching people in time.” As is typically the case with lying Republicans, Mr. Jones was unable to cite even one example of such an incident ever happening.

It’s unclear if the Nazi who rammed a car into peaceful protestors and killed a young woman and injured several others was aware of the GOP’s crusade to decriminalize running down peaceful protestors or not. But whether he did or not at the time of his Nazi rampage, his defense team surely will explain to the jury that he was only acting according to legislation being proposed in several Republican states.

Republicans were right to condemn Trump for not specifically calling out his Nazi supporters’ acts of violence driven by hatred and bigotry, but they cannot possibly feign disgust that one of Trump’s acolytes rammed a car into a crown of innocent protestors; especially after spending months “demonizing and denying the rights of protestors” and making serious attempts to legalize running them down with cars.

Charlottesville Nazi Terror Is Down To Donald Trump

Anyone who has been keeping abreast of the angst roiling among the white-supremacist, alt-right Nazi movement and feigns surprise at the outbreak of violence or the intent of the alt-right protestors this weekend is being completely disingenuous – a kind word for lying. The city, and indeed the region, where hundreds of alt-right protestors gathered and violence broke out was predicted by the aspiring Confederate soldiers calling themselves the “alt-right.” They had been saying openly since early May that officials  messing with monuments dedicated to the memory of their treasonous Confederate heroes were courting danger. It explains why the city “had been bracing for a sea of alt-right demonstrators” all week.

Actually, the protest was said to be the result of a year-and-a-half-long controversial debate over the fate of a Robert E. Lee statue. There have been violence-prone protests in other Southern states over removal of Confederate monuments and as no small number of news sites reported in May, “emotions and tempers are flaring” at the loss of white supremacist symbols. The white nationalist movement felt emboldened because they see in Trump a white supremacist champion with a powerful voice who pledged to help the white supremacists “take their country back.”

Although the protest in Charlottesville began ostensibly as racist opposition to taking down a statue of a man rivaling Adolf Hitler as king of white supremacy, a white supremacist champion quickly provided the real reason and true intent of the raging alt-right (Nazi) gathering. That silly Confederate statue was just a symbolic gathering place for the neo-Nazis who want their white supremacist Confederacy back.

Renowned white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke was blunt in explaining why the Nazis were gathered together and why they wore  helmets, chanted anti-Semitic epithets, carried torches, and wooden shields. Duke said:

We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump to take our country back.”

To validate Duke’s remark, one white supremacist who travelled from Missouri to Virginia was unabashed in explaining his reason for showing up: “I’m tired of seeing white people pushed around.” And if there is any doubt whether the neo-Nazis and alt-right racists were emboldened by Trump’s campaign promise to ‘make America white again,’ Duke reminded reporters that most of the white nationalist protesters carried campaign signs for Trump.

Duke was joined by other ‘prominent’ white supremacists who took up torches, helmets and wooden shields and chanted Nazi-era slogans to descend on the university founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. And to belabor the point that the Confederate monument was a secondary reason for Nazis to protest, they were chanting Nazi phrases such as “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.” Those slogans, like “blood and soil,” were not taken up by the Confederacy; they were unique to Nazi Germany.

After Trump tepidly condemned the violence, and insanely blamed both sides for the “hate and bigotry,” David Duke’s response further revealed this alt-right protest and Nazi violence was all about the white supremacist movement acting on Donald Trump’s campaign promise to “make America white again.

Duke unleashed a couple of angry Tweets to be sure that Trump would get the message. He wrote:

So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated (sic) & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?”

And, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists”

Duke needs to remember that Trump did not attack the white supremacists because he knows they are acting on his behalf; he blamed the bigotry, hate and violence on “many sides” giving the Nazis the slack they’ll use for the next “protest.” There were plenty of calls for Trump to specifically call out his white supremacist supporters’ horrific acts as “acts of terrorism.”

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said the responsibility for the violence lay with Trump for inflaming racial prejudice throughout the presidential campaign. Mr. Signer said:

I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame …  right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the President.”

Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) tweeted: “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was more pointed and tweeted:

Very important for the nation to hear POTUS describe events in Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by white supremacists.

Another Republican Senator, Cory Gardner (R-CO) tweeted to Trump: “Mr President — we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

 John McCain (R-AZ) didn’t specifically mention Trump, or his pathetically weak comment blaming everybody, but the Arizona senator harshly criticized the “violent attack” by un-American Nazis. McCain said:

White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special. As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must comet together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry.”

Trump is never going to defy or condemn the very people who were instrumental in his ascendancy to the White House; he believes in their cause and will protect their efforts. One of his first acts was instructing the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and all federal counter-terrorism programs to give the violent white nationalist movement and any other white extremist groups “space.” As reported here two weeks ago,  the alt-right Nazis celebrated the order and thanked Trump effusively for giving them what Americans witnessed this weekend; “Space to destroy. He’s giving us space to operate, and frankly, it is space to destroy.”

This violence at the hands of Trump’s alt-right Nazi supporters was, sadly, expected and predicted by a great number of Americans; including the white supremacists who went to a protest armed and looking for trouble. It is likely that Trump was the least surprised of any American and given an opportunity to specifically call out the white supremacists and alt-right Nazis, he ignored reporters’ queries and walked away without comment. Of course he had a comment, but even dumb Don knows better than to praise and thank his racist acolytes for a terror attack on his behalf in front of the press. A press that knows, like most Americans, this hideous white supremacist Nazi uprising and violence is all down to Donald J. Trump.

Trump Mentor’s Bastardized Christianity Is an Existential Threat

If there is only one thing Americans should know about the American religious right, it is that everything they preach is contrary to the teachings of their religion’s namesake, Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no logic whatsoever in calling the “religious or evangelical right” Christians by any measure.  And their hate-driven embrace of a couple of verses in the Old Testament while shunning everything else their god commanded doesn’t even justify them clutching that bible to their wretched bosoms. This week was a prime example of the bastardized version of Christianity the savages in the evangelical movement subscribe to and it should give any person calling themselves “a Christian” pause if not a world of shame.

Directly after Trump stunned his closest national security advisors and Secretary of State by threateningfire and fury” against North Korea, only one of Trump’s inner circle praised the idea of a thermonuclear attack on millions of innocent human beings. It should come as no surprise that the advisor is a Baptist preacher who can never call himself a Christian by any standard. And like his cohort in the evangelical clergy movement, he doesn’t remotely comprehend what his mythological “lord and savior” preached. For dog’s sake, this savage Texas Baptist doesn’t even understand the Christian bible he had the temerity to cite, and the context in which he used “scripture” should have sent any Christian into fits of self-doubt about their religion.

According to the sinner Trump’s “spiritual mentor,” Robert Jeffress, it was awesome that Trump threatened to unleash some biblical “fire and fury” against an entire nation because:

God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. That gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-un.”

Trump’s “spiritual advisor,” and Texas megachurch ‘pastor’ Robert Jeffress, is a con artist running the First Baptist Church of Dallas and was thrilled that Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Maybe Jeffress has read parts of his bible, but in the book of Revelation when it talks about unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” it refers to some deity doing the unleashing, not dumb Don Trump and not any government. Jeffress knows what his bible says and means, but he is a mega church preacher and distorting his bible is what has made him mega rich.

According to the Christian religion, anyone, particularly a “preacher,” who distorts the “word of god” is guilty of apostasy and heresy, really bad things in any religion. In fact, Jeffress is courting deity-driven danger by attempting to interpret scripture to fit his neo-con worldview. The Old Testament saysinterpretation belongs to god;” it is not up to Jeffress to ‘interpret’ a scripture authorizing Trump to unleash “fire and fury.” Jeffress’ bible plainly warns Christian “ministers” that if they spread false teachings or mislead anyone, they will get an extra measure of “fire and fury for all of eternity.” Obviously Jeffress, like the preponderance of evangelical malcontents never read that part of his “holy bible.”

This is not a sermon or an attack on the mythos in the Christian bible or the religion. That’s always fun and entertaining, but it is not the point of this screed.

The point is that Jeffress is the perfect representative of “bastardized Christianity” and why it is dangerous to allow a no-account apostate Baptist anywhere near Trump or the White House. According to the U.S Constitution, and his bible, he is not supposed to be anywhere near the government.

What inspired this particular rant isn’t so much that Jeffress claimed Trump has divine authority to “take out a nation’s leader,” it is because he cited the Christian bible specifically to promote death and destruction of innocent human beings; not a very Christian thing to do.

Any half-wit who ever attended Sunday school knows Jeffress is a liar; he is also a fraud with his neo-con interpretation of the New Testament’s book of Romans, Chapter 13. It is the chapter this author cites often to remind “bastardized Christians” that their god unequivocally commands that they adhere to the law of the land (U.S. Constitution) and that Christians, including churches and preachers, pay taxes.

For some un-explained reason, Jeffress’ reading informs him that the cited passage was written specifically to give Trump divine authority to kill Kim Jong-Un. Romans 13 does, in fact, say that “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Jeffress said that according to his reading of Romans, god gave “the government [Trump] the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-Un.”

Anyone familiar with that passage should have immediately called bullshit. That particular passage was directed at Christians who rebel against the government authorities in the nation they reside; it does not mean that a foreign nation’s leader is beholden to another government authority; something Jeffress knows is the truth.

In fact, as one who is fairly knowledgeable about the Baptist version of Christianity, Jeffress would never have been ordained as a “preacher” if he was prone to just “making shit up” to fit his lust to quicken the proverbial end times. In fact, to prove that Jeffress does know precisely what and who that bible book refers, he cites the previous chapter.

Jeffress said that whenever “pacifist Christians” cite Romans 12 where it says “Do not repay evil for evil” as justification to adhere to closely to Christ’s teachings of peace and forgiveness, he always has to “straighten them out.” He specifically said that the passage, “do not repay evil with evil,” refers to how Christians are commanded to conduct themselves. He claims that part of Romans does not apply to the government, but the next couple of verses do.

He knows damn well that particular book was written as instructions for “how Christians should conduct themselves;” it is not an instruction manual for the government, international relations, or foreign policy. But a correct reading based on his “lord and savior’s” teachings would contradict his bastard version of neo-con Christianity based on war, greed, barbarism and opposition to the law of the land.

As further proof that Jeffress is no kind of “Jesus” Christian, he explained that he wants an Old Testament savage leader who uses bible mythos as authority to kill other nation’s leaders and citizens with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Jeffress is like the majority of evangelical clergy in opposition to anything good Jesus ever taught while they tout themselves as “followers of Christ.”

Jeffress’ brand of “Christianity” is contrary to everything his lord and savior’s taught and preached, he said:

A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president [government] to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’ I said absolutely not. Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through. It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”

So, the Sermon on the Mount is “mushy rhetoric” according to Jeffress. It explains everything anyone ever needs to know about evangelical fundamentalists and why they cannot possibly refer to themselves as any kind of Christian. It also why allowing these bastard Christians anywhere near the government is extremely dangerous and an honest-to-dog existential threat to humanity.

When one comes to grips with the fact that those bastard Christians make up a majority of the the current administration’s leadership, and they have a maniac like Jeffress guiding Trump spiritually, there is every reason to be absolutely terrified; because unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will manifest itself in biblical death and destruction worldwide and America will not be spared.

Image: Patheos

White House: Minnesota Mosque Bombing a Hate Crime Faked by the Left

By now most Americans are well aware that anytime there is a terror attack involving a person, or persons, of Middle Eastern heritage, Trump’s fast fingers unleash a rash of deliberate anti-Muslim rage to incite his hateful devotees. However, when Muslims or people of color are the targets, tiny hands puts those fast fingers in his pocket and pretends nothing happened. Over the past seven months Trump has been extraordinarily silent, and his little fingers at repose, every time there is a hate crime or terror attack committed against Muslims or people of color.

Yesterday, the White House took a different approach and blamed liberals for “faking” the bombing of a Minnesota mosque. As many pundits and commentaries have taken to saying since Trump’s election, “you just can’t make this sh*t up.” The idea of liberals faking hate crimes and terror attacks against Muslim Americans is beyond the pale, even for a hate-mongering imbecile like Trump.

According to Trump’s national security advisor, Sebastian Gorka, the official White House reason for Trump’s silence on the hate crime against a Muslim place of worship is because it’s “probably a hate crime faked by a liberal.”

Unlike every other time Trump tweets out anti-Muslim rhetoric minutes after a terror attack or hate crime suspected of being driven by Islamic extremists, the Trump wants to wait until the investigation into the “incident” is finalized. He claims all of the hate crimes targeting Muslims and people of color are propaganda and faked by the left.

Gorka lied like his boss and claimed that Trump operates on the assumption that until authorities know for sure exactly who the perpetrators are, any reports are fake; including the news that there was a bombing of a Minnesota mosque. With a straight face Gorka said:

“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false. You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to be propagated by the left. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”

Naturally, Gorka failed to cite an instance of an “alleged hate crime committed by a right wing individual” that was fabricated by the left, but that is part and parcel of the Trump administration’s modus operandi; just say ridiculously absurd bullsh*t and expect the public to buy it as gospel. What is certain, is that Trump has been uncharacteristically silent every time a right wing extremist commits a hate crime; including when there are multiple witnesses, arrests, and boastful confessions that attacking Muslims is “patriotic” because it’s Trump’s America now.

Gorka’s lie that the White House always waits until “local authorities” weigh in with their assessments is easily debunked on myriad counts, but none as blatant as last June. Trump jumped in and commented on an alleged terror attack in the Philippines without any information whatsoever; not from local authorities or his national security personnel. Trump condemned what “he claimed” was a terrorist attack; “It is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.”

However, local authorities, victims, witnesses, and video footage said the incident was committed “by a tall white foreign man” who botched a casino robbery and started a fire; it was not a terror attack and no victims were killed by gunfire. Trump was quick to cry ‘terrorism’ in a botched robbery in a foreign country, but he couldn’t even condemn a terror-hate crime attack in the United States because it targeted a Muslim place of worship.

Even Minnesota’s governor called the attack what it is, an act of terror. And, as has been pointed out by no small number of journalists and pundits, authorities can and should always condemn hate crimes or terror attacks no matter who the targets are and despite the perpetrators are yet unknown. As an MSNBC host said to national security advisor Gorka a day after the Minnesota mosque bombing:

“You don’t have to make a statement about who did it, but you can make a statement denouncing how terrible it is to attack a building of worship.”

Gorka’s response was, “That’s fine and I’m sure the president will do that.” However four days later and not only has Trump not condemned the terror attack on a place of worship, his official comment is that it is a hate crime faked by a liberal. There is almost certainly a more despicable reason for Trump’s silence besides blaming liberals for faking a terror attack and it involves inciting Trump’s supporters inclined to take matters into their hands and “make America white and Christian” to aid Trump keep his vile campaign promise.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Trump to condemn the terror attack on innocent worshippers even though no-one was injured. Ibrahim Hooper noted the obvious:

Silence on the part of public officials at the national level only serves to empower Islamophobes.”

The director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Asad Zaman, expressed the sentiments of most decent Americans.

We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this. He seems to want to tweet about security and terror issues.”

Mr. Zaman is not telling the whole story; likely to avoid being attacked by Trump or his supporters. Trump only wants to tweet about security and terror issues if he can malign and demonize Muslims, otherwise, tiny-hands remains silent; except when it presents an opportunity to blame liberals.

Trump has had ample opportunities to condemn hate crimes and acts of terrorism committed by right wing extremists and white nationalists, but they are his base of support. What is patently obvious at this juncture is that among his most rabid acolytes, his silence is regarded exactly as it is meant; tacit approval straight from the White House.

This latest ploy of blaming liberals is, although despicable at best, not surprising. What is glaringly apparent is that Trump is never going to blame right wing extremists because not only are they targeting innocent American Muslims, they are doing Trump’s dirty work to make America white and Christian – the real meaning of his favorite twitter hashtag MAGA because it appeals to his white evangelical base.

Trump Is Singlehandedly Decimating America’s Agriculture Sector

If Donald Trump has a reputation in business, it is as a crooked operator who bilks his creditors, investors, contractors, and suppliers alike and files bankruptcy at about six or seven times the rate most people get a divorce. Trump brought that notorious business acumen to the Oval Office and has already put the hurt on American agriculture with an ill-advised threat to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As reported here about a month ago, just the uncertainty of Trump’s intent for NAFTA has cost the American agriculture industry dearly as Mexico rapidly resorted to its “plan B” and made fabulous deals with several other reliable nations and markets. The losers, as usual, are some of Trump’s staunchest supporters and the rest of the population that will suffer the consequences of an isolationist malcontent in the White House.

It has been a couple of months since Trump pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), but now the already struggling agricultural sector has another reason to mourn the idiot in the White House. The massive 12-nation trade agreement was set up to be extremely friendly, and highly profitable, to American agriculture because it covered “a whopping 40 percent of the world’s economy.” Since expanded agricultural trade and elimination of tariffs for American products was hard fought, and won by President Obama, for American farmers the Trans Pacific Partnership was a lifeline.

The agriculture sector hailed President Obama’s efforts, and success, at giving American farmers their long sought after chance to eliminate tariffs imposed by nations in the TPP. Those tariffs restricted “the onetime breadbasket” of the world from selling its meats, grains and dairy products to massive importers of agricultural products such as Japan and Vietnam. Now, those products are going to be sold by many other nations that comprehend the benefits of “free trade” sans “punishing tariffs” and eagerly grabbed the TPP lifeline for their agricultural sector.

With an isolationist fascist and incompetent business failure in the White House, that “lifeline” for America’s farmers vanished faster than America’s “already struggling agriculture sector.” The only positive in this horrendous news is that the “struggling agriculture sector,” a huge Trump support group, will suffer before the rest of the population; but they still continue to support him because he pledged to make America white again. According to a report in Politico, even farmers who are scared to death their businesses are set to succumb at the hands of a notoriously inept businessman in the White House still support Trump.

Trump’s incredibly boneheaded stunt of pulling out of the world’s biggest trade deal is being described as  “a double hit on most agricultural producers,” and one in particular is a prime example of what happens with an isolationist moron in the White House.

In Eagle Grove, Iowa, the trade deal promised an increase of $10 billion in agricultural output over the next decade according to conservative estimates by the U.S. International Trade Commission. It is noteworthy too that the $10 billion figure is “an increase” in output that means a monumental increase in income, jobs and profits.

Now, those “increases” will not materialize because of Trump and it portends even more damage than just losing a projected $10 billion and the jobs it would deliver. Not only did Trump’s decision to withdraw from the trade pact wipe out American farmers’ ability to sell their goods to the 11 other nations making up 40 percent of the Earth’s economy with no tariffs, it virtually eliminated America’s agriculture sector as a global competitor.

It opened the floodgates for “rival exporters” such as Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to negotiate even lower tariffs with importing nations. Add to that a recently announced extraordinarily enormous trade agreement between the European Union and Japan and it doesn’t look promising for America’s struggling agriculture sector; especially after President Obama negotiated phenomenally good deals for American producers. Trump’s screw-up created greater competitive advantages for several other nation-producers over American agricultural exports. America’s farmers should expect even more bad news in the coming months, if not weeks, as the rest of the world stops needing American agricultural products.

According to a Politico analysis, the remaining 11 countries still in the TPP are actively engaged in a stunning 27 separate trade negotiations with each other; including with other major trading powers in the Pacific region like China and massive blocs like the EU. Those 27 deals without the United States range from exploratory negotiations to deals already signed and awaiting ratification. And, because of Trump, seven of the most significant deals that would have been extremely beneficial for America’s agriculture sector have been concluded without U.S. participation or inclusion since Trump withdrew America from the substantial trade agreement five months ago. Anyone in, or remotely connected to, the agricultural sector should be horrified at what their white hero did to their families, their industry, and their means of income.

One North Carolina-based family pork and poultry business made a huge investment in processing plants in anticipation of an equally huge return due to TPP favoring America’s farmers. Now Ron Prestage says, “I’m scared to death;” and he should be.  Mr. Prestage said his family already started digging the wells and moving dirt for another new processing plant and he fears they may have gone “beyond the point of no return on the new plant.”

According to an agricultural economist at Iowa State University, Dermot Hayes, the idea of farmers and the agriculture sector making big investments based on an epic “free trade” deal is not just normal; it is a good and savvy business investment. Mr. Hayes said in referring to the Prestage operation and other pork-industry investments, “At the time those investment decisions were made, the U.S. had never turned down a free trade opportunity.

Of course the United States has never had a self-professed genius with no interest or knowledge of international trade in the White House either, so maybe Trump shafting the agriculture sector was unexpected; especially from his staunch supporters in the agriculturally rich Midwest.

Mr. Hayes noted that the livestock industry in particular had “in its sights a future of expansion amid soaring export growth.” But with Trump withdrawing from TPP, all of that expansion and soaring export growth “has pretty much disappeared.”

It wasn’t just the livestock industry that harbored the highest expectations on the back of President Obama’s hard work.

Most in the industry expected a boom from exports as a result of TPP, with continued strong sales made possible by NAFTA.”

In one growing and highly profitable market for American farmers producers were set to expand sales of organ meat and other items not easily sold domestically, because Vietnam was completely eliminating its tariffs on American products altogether under TPP. It is why “free trade” is beneficial for all the party’s involved – no or low tariffs are a dream scenario for exporters but not acceptable to a “no-account business genius” like that imbecile Trump.

Now, because there is an idiot in the White House, those tariffs, like every other nations’ tariffs, remain in place for American agricultural products because the United States ruled by dumb Don is not interested in “free trade.” Unfortunately, a growing number of countries are not interested in any kind of trade with America for one good reason; they have already negotiated and signed trade agreements with many other reliable and fair trading partners.

Trump’s record in business is littered with broken and bankrupt companies due to his so-called “renowned business acumen,” and now the record can add America’s agricultural sector among the pile of Trump’s destruction. And in case any American thinks that because they aren’t farmers Trump’s handiwork will not affect them, wait until they have to pay $10 to $15 for a tomato out of season and then watch America’s agriculture industry go bankrupt; all because they supported a corrupt con man who promised to make America white again.

h/t Politico

Jeff Sessions’ Task Force On Marijuana Tells Him to Back Off

Anyone remotely familiar with the appeal to men with low self-esteem of religion as a means to control other humans should recognize what drives a nasty lying piece of work like Trump’s “beleaguered” attorney general J. Beauregard Sessions. It seems that except for the criminals and perjury-prone cretins in the Trump administration, Sessions has been desperate to send people to jail. But instead of pursuing the easy targets like the Trump’s, Kushner, Pence, and himself, Sessions wants to prosecute and imprison journalists for doing their jobs, protestors exercising their Constitutional rights, and Americans who legally use marijuana; whether for the weed’s well-documented medicinal properties or recreational enjoyment.

For a person who has invested a fair amount of time researching the benefits of cannabis as an alternative to enriching the pharmaceutical industry, it is beyond comprehension that any half-intelligent human being wants to imprison marijuana users, no matter their reason for partaking. Sessions has been on a crusade since he lied to the Senate to earn confirmation as attorney general to find some connection between a non-existent rise in extreme violent crime and marijuana use, whether for medicine or recreation.

Sessions, a perjurer who has zero comprehension of what he’s talking about, has assailed marijuana as dangerous as heroin and regularly blames its use for spikes in extreme violence. Those patently false assertions are what he’s used in promising to change existing pot policy to throw a lot of innocent people in prison since he took office six months ago. This is a curious departure from “state’s rights” Sessions who has bristled at the idea of federal courts striking down Republican state’s laws that violate various Constitutional amendments guaranteeing equality to all Americans. State’s rights are only valid, in Sessions’ mind, if they foster discrimination or subvert Americans’ right to vote.

Early in his tenure at the Department of Justice, Session hand-picked a task force consisting of law enforcement, prosecutors, and religious conservatives to develop a reason to attack legal marijuana use and throw some Americans in prison and stomp on the 10th Amendment in the process. The big problem for Sessions was revealed accidentally late this week when the Associated Press got access to portions of a recommendation report from his “Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.” In February when he convened the public safety task force, Sessions lied and said “We’re seeing real violence around that [decriminalization]. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana decriminalization than anyone knows.”

Sessions didn’t want the report released for public consumption and he didn’t have any comment when the non-recommendation report was revealed, and there is a damn good reason. Beauregard “bible” Sessions didn’t want the results of the “task force” released because the cops and prosecutors fundamentally said there are no recommendations; or reasons to follow through on any of Sessions’ anti-pot plans.  The short conclusion was the cops and prosecutors “don’t think anything should change.”

According to the task force’s report, the cops and prosecutors believe that the federal government’s Justice Department has more important work to do than hunt down pot-users and throw them in jail. They argued that Sessions should leave the Obama-era “hands-off” approach to states with legalized weed in place whether legalization is for recreational or medicinal use.  Of course Sessions doesn’t have to heed the task force’s recommendation, but at least now he can’t lie and claim his “hand-picked” task force pushed him to pursue pot to stop violent crime; a claim that is absurd on its face and not factual whatsoever.

As noted in the AP report, the nature of the “wait and see” of the task force’s recommendations signals just how difficult it would be to change course on decriminalized marijuana. Although there are some in law enforcement that might support a tougher approach, in March there was a bipartisan group of senators who “urged” Sessions to uphold the existing marijuana policy and leave the states alone. There is also a group of congressional representatives and senators who are actively seeking ways to not only protect legalized marijuana use, but to help promote the industry and help it succeed and prosper.

According to a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies marijuana law and was interviewed by members of the task force, the “vague recommendations were likely intentional to reflect the understanding that shutting down the entire pot industry is neither palatable nor possible.”  John Hudak said:

If they come out with a more progressive, liberal policy, the attorney general is just going to reject it. They need to convince the attorney general that the recommendations are the best they can do without embarrassing the entire department by implementing a policy that fails.”

Sessions’ threats to embark on a federal crackdown crusade have united liberals and conservatives to oppose his plan to attack pot use and legalization. Humanitarians oppose the Sessions’ war on pot because of the “human costs of a failed war on drugs,” and conservatives see it as a states’ rights issue and none of the federal government’s business. In fact, many members of Congress and decriminalization advocates were fearful that the task force would give Sessions the green light to dismantle what has become a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar industry that is helping fund schools, healthcare, educational programs and particularly law enforcement.

The director of conservative outreach at the Marijuana Policy Project, Don Murphy, joined decriminalization advocates in celebrating the task force’s recommendation to “butt out.” Mr. Murphy said in a statement:

The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses. In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer. The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference.

It remains to be seen if Sessions is paying attention, but if that is a problem he has, there was just a long-term study released that revealed that cannabis use is a means of controlling people’s problems paying attention if they suffer from ADHD or HDD. And, since Sessions has a severe memory problem and couldn’t remember how many secret meetings he had with Russian agents helping Trump’s campaign, a different study revealed that chronic pot use does, in fact, help people with memory loss issues. Beauregard should smoke a couple of bowls a day, lose that stupid bible, regain his memory and increase his attention span; America would be better served and he might stop being such a monumental evangelical dick.

Corporate Prison Demands More Inmates or It’s Shutting Down

 

Most Americans understand that Republicans live to serve corporate profits no matter the cost to the people; whether that cost is money or a broken social structure. While Republicans were celebrating their Putin-assisted victory last November, no-one in the country was more thrilled than the private school and for-profit private prison industry. There were reports that the wealthy people who profit off of harsh sentencing laws and mistreating prisoners were congratulating each other and counting the prospective taxpayer dollars flowing to their coffers with the tyrannical fascist’s victory; they were promised a Herculean Republican effort to reinstate harsh prison sentences to fill private prisons and keep their wealthy investors happy.

Now, the nation’s second-largest private prison corporation is pressing the issue and demanding that the state of New Mexico and the federal government start supplying more profits (prisoners) within 60 days or they are closing up shop and taking their jobs with them. The corporation CoreCivic, formerly “Corrections Corporation of America,” is attempting to extort more money out of taxpayers and holding New Mexico politicians “hostage” if they or the federal authorities fail to supply 300 new prisoners; what the corporation claims is a “difficult decision.”

A spokesman for CoreCivic, Jonathan Burns, said that while “The city of Estancia and the surrounding community have been a great partner to CoreCivic for the last 27 years… a declining detainee population in general has forced us to make difficult decisions in order to maximize utilization of our resources.” Of course Burns didn’t tell  the truth and say the corporation needs more detainees to “maximize our profits” courtesy of taxpayers and harsh Republican sentencing laws.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported: “The company that has operated a private prison in Estancia for nearly three decades has announced it will close the Torrance County Detention Facility and lay off more than 200 employees unless it can find 300 state or federal inmates to fill empty beds within the next 60 days.”

According to Torrence County manager Belinda Garland: “This is a big issue for us. The company told the county it has been holding fewer federal detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, so we’re reaching out to anybody that can help us… We hate to see this facility close.’”

The newspaper also reported that county officials issued a statement citing the threat of closure from the corporate prison and emphasized that they had marshaled “virtually every politician in the region, from county officials to state officials to congressmen” to run out and find (create) at least 300 money-making inmates to boost profits for private investors. What the “politicians” should have done is tell the money-making corporation to sod off and invest in renewable and green energy to create jobs. But that would be good for the community and certainly wouldn’t sate the corporation’s lust for more profit.

This particular corporate prison is, at best, a “sketchy” operation. CoreCivic has faced many lawsuits for committing crimes such as “sexual harassment, sexual assault, deaths, use of force, physical assaults, inadequate medical care, injuries and civil rights violations.” Now they can add extortion to that long list of crimes.

The county officials’ statement noted that most of the 700-bed facility’s prisoners were federal inmates so it was really out of the county and state officials’ hands, but that had no impact on the corporation. They want more money (inmates) and they don’t care how they are provided or where they come from; even if they have to be “created.”

In fact, the corporation has been complaining bitterly to local officials about not having enough profits (inmates) due to federal sentencing reforms they claim has led to “a shrinking prisoner population” and declining investor profits. According to CoreCivics 2016 corporate annual report, its profits had “fallen slightly” in the final years of the Obama Administration; likely in conjunction with the steadily falling crime rates across the nation.

Local county leaders have made enlisting local politicians and officials to go out and “find some new prisoners” their raison d’être and sought assistance from everyone including New Mexico Democrats, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham. The county said the town of Estancia would lose $700,000 annually in commerce and the county would lose $300,000 in tax revenues if the corporation followed through on its extortion threat and closed the private prison in late September.

This abomination is a prime example of exactly what’s atrocious about making prisons, and prisoners, into a “money making” corporate enterprise. The lack of economic opportunities for corporations and their investors when crime goes down should not be a factor in how politicians deal with extortion threats or how they run the criminal justice system.

Obviously jobs are important, but these kinds of corporate threats should not influence even one politician to push law enforcement “into the dirty business of ignoring the horrid social implications of creating more arrests and convictions” just so private corporations and shareholders can reap higher profits.

Americans have already witnessed corrupt judges and prosecutors “creating” inmates at the behest of profit-seeking corporate prisons. And, it is doubtless that the Sessions-run Department of Justice’s threat to pursue medical marijuana users and states that decriminalized the common weed is an important part of Republicans’ practice of creating profits (inmates) for the corporate prison industry.

However, it is now apparent that Sessions is not acting fast enough for the nation’s second-largest prison corporation. Apparently they are so greedy for profits that besides being guilty of sexual harassment, sexual assault, deaths, use of force, physical assaults, insufficient medical care, injuries and civil rights violations, they are resorting to extortion to force New Mexico and the federal government to provide more profits (inmates) – likely whether they are guilty or not.