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.