The GOP fears Nazi and racist candidates running as Republicans

There is an idiom, allegedly with biblical origins, that most people have heard and clearly understand to mean that one’s “actions dictate the consequences.” After marveling at their base’s racial animus targeting an African American man the majority of the population chose as their President twice, there are reports that Republicans are freaking out over a rash of white supremacists and Nazis running for public office under the GOP banner. Members of the Republican Party should not even feign outrage over the Republican Nazi ascendancy because the party’s standard bearer considers white supremacists and avowed Nazi fascists “very fine people;” the kind of people Trump warned the opposition to “just be careful” of criticizing or incurring their wrath for not worshipping the fascist in the Oval Office.

Republicans are only opposed to white supremacists and Nazis running for office as Republicans because they fear an electoral backlash – not because they have a problem with racists, Nazis, or fascists. After all, Party members are solidly behind, and desperate to protect, the chief Nazi, fascist and white supremacist they allow to stay in the White House; a place he shouldn’t be allowed to visit, much less occupy.

In fact, the only reason the dirty Nazis and racists feel emboldened to publicly promote their hate is because, as they are wont to claim, “this is Trump’s America now.” It is a favorite call before, during, and after attacks on people of color, immigrants, and people adhering to the wrong religion whether it is Judaism, Islam, or Catholicism.

Over at Vox, Jane Coaston penned a fairly comprehensive piece describing the GOP’s self-professed white supremacists in “at least five state and national races across the country.” No doubt there is some validity in claiming the GOP is dealing with what it considers “an uncomfortable problem,” but it is a problem of their own making; they are “reaping what they’ve sown” and it began long before Trump’s poorly attended inauguration.

Actually, it is more accurate to say that Republicans are reaping what their tacit approval has sown over the past ten years. Trump is part of the “uncomfortable problem” state and national Republicans are harvesting whether they like it or not. If the official GOP response to white supremacists and racial animus in their base was zero tolerance and robust condemnation during President Obama’s tenure in a place he belonged, it is likely the group unabashedly making their presence felt now would still be hiding under sheets – where Republicans like to keep them.

They certainly liked it when their nasty base openly displayed purely racist animus towards President Barack Obama as evidenced by their silent, but implicit approval. The filthy hypocrites have no right criticizing the self-described white supremacists, anti-Semites, and “card carrying Nazis” now after allowing them to rage and hate with impunity for eight long years; and that does not include the past two years they sat idly by and allowed dastardly Don to express his racism and adoration of white supremacists, Nazis, and fascists.

For a sample of what Republicans fostered over the past ten years only to fear the consequences in an election year, North Carolina Republicans are suffering a white supremacist pig, Russell Walker, who is running for the state House of Representatives. According to his personal website, replete with regular use of the n-word, Walker claims that “god is a white supremacist and racist” and that “the jews (sic) are NOT semitic they are satanic as they all descend from Satan.”

Another Republican who embraces “Trump’s America” and openly touts his disbelief that the Holocaust occurred, is Illinois candidate for a congressional seat in the House, Arthur Jones. Jones brags about being a proud member of the American Nazi Party. Illinois’ Republican Party is beside its collective self over a candidate it labeled “morally reprehensible” and a “complete nutcase.” It is curious, indeed, that the state Republican Party cannot bring itself to support a “morally reprehensible, complete nutcase” in a midterm race for Congress, but the “nutcase” in the White House has the Party’s unconditional approval and support.

In Virginia, the chair of the state’s Republican Party apparently “had to resign” over allowing a “pro-Confederate, alt-right candidate,” Corey Stewart, to win the state’s Republican primary. In addition, Republicans are gnashing their teeth in Wisconsin because they ignored the seriously nasty racist, Paul Nehlen, Nehlen is running to fill Paul Ryan’s seat in the House of Representatives. It is similar in the Blue state of California where the state GOP is disavowing a flagrant Nazi who argues vehemently that the concept of diversity is just a nasty Jewish plot.

It is true that the racists supporting Trump have always existed, and some were very proud to express their white supremacy and racist bona fides among their friends and under the radar. Now, however, they are emboldened by Trump who regards them as “very fine people” to the point that they are wearing their hate and racial animus as a badge of honor; and as a reason to vote for them in November. That Republicans are either criticizing their candidacies or disavowing them as “not good Republicans” is beyond stunning; especially after implicitly cultivating their hate throughout President Barack Obama’s tenure, and then supporting the racist in the White House.

Trump, like the Nazis and white supremacists presenting an “uncomfortable problem” for the GOP, was a beneficiary of the Republican implied approval of the racists throughout President Obama’s two terms in the White House. The only reason Republicans are being vocal about racists, card-carrying Nazis, and white supremacists now is because they fear the electoral consequences of Nazis running as Republicans. They certainly were not concerned during Barack Obama’s Presidency and they have not shown to be the least bit “uncomfortable” with their Nazi standard-bearer’s racism.

It is unclear if any of the racists, white supremacists and Nazis will win in November, or if their candidacies will be a detriment to other Republican candidates; one certainly hopes that is the case. However, this is Trump’s America now and racists, Nazis and white supremacists have been officially deemed “very fine people” by the head racist. That White House approval has given the green light to racists and Nazis across the nation to wear their hate and racial animus with pride because like Trump, they are what he considers “really good Republicans.”

 

White Supremacists Cancel Rally but Nazis Are Here to Stay

America is in horrid state at this juncture in its history, and not solely because there is a corrupt administration and Republican Congress running the country. Oh, it is true the events of the past couple of days inform the Republic is in trouble, but there is an epidemic in the population as dangerous as the criminal in the White House. And it is noteworthy that the offender in the Oval Office is part and parcel of metastasizing the white supremacy plague nationwide.

A couple of days after a white Oklahoma police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American man with his hands in the air had her record wiped clean of the incident “as if it never happened,” Nazi white supremacists staged a “white lives matter” protest; they have had enough of white people being persecuted.

There has been of a growing chorus of white supremacists complaining that, despite how often unarmed African Americans are shot and killed by white police officers, or African Americans’ voting rights are abridged by white Republicans, the real victims of racial injustice in America are white people under assault from “forces of darkness;” hardly a subtle dog whistle to white supremacists.

The “white lives matterprotest in Shelbyville Tennessee over the weekend was led by a convicted felon and white supremacist who took a minute to explain why the Nazis and Confederate fascists were taking to the streets. They were protesting being persecuted and there to “defend their white heritage” by standing “against the forces of darkness.”

A group of about 100 white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and avowed fascists were met by a “heavy police presence” and about 200 counteprotestors in a small Middle Tennessee town on Saturday past.  Members of the community in Shelbyville were terrified they would see the same level of violence that “visited” Charlottesville, Virginia a couple of months ago. Their fears were well-founded because one of the Nazi leaders, Mike Tubbs, has spent time in prison for plotting to bomb African American businesses and was responsible for ordering the violence in Charlottesville. Then as now, the white supremacist was fighting to preserve white supremacy, not heritage, from “forces of darkness” – code for Black people.

Because there was such a heavy police presence and mass of counter protestors, a second white rally planned in the afternoon in the larger city of Murfreesboro, was “abruptly canceled” by the Nazi organizers.

The “Nazi rally” was organized under an umbrella group of white supremacist organizations called the Nationalist Front; a loosely affiliated federation made up of white hate groups such as Vanguard America, the League of the South, Traditionalist Worker Party, National Socialist Movement, Anti-Communist Action and The Right Stuff.

Like they did in Charlottesville, the white supremacists “were seen throwing up Nazi salutes, carrying shields, wearing helmets and chanting “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.” All of this hate and vitriol is to demonstrate against white persecution and to protect whites from the “forces of darkness.” And of course they took their “protest” to another former Confederate state.

A serious phalanx of police stood between the counter protestors and fascists to prevent a repeat of Charlottesville. There was no violence at the “protest,” but there was an racially-incited assault after the “rally” when members of Traditionalist Worker’s Party (TWP) assaulted a white woman for having dinner with an African American man. No doubt the white assault victim was part of the “forces of darkness” because she was dating a Black man. When these white supremacists say they want to preserve “their heritage,” they mean revert to a their concept of a “happier time” when commingling with a member of another race was a crime.

The head of the National Socialist Movement, Jeff Schoep, told a Huffington Post reporter that the  Nazi fascists’ ultimate goal is transforming America into a “white ethnostate” or “white homeland;” in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany the term was “Aryan Nation.” Schoep said that for now, he and his fellow Nazis will have to settle for being “white civil rights advocates” and pressing the issue that “white lives matter;” no matter how often white privilege allows white cops to shoot and kill unarmed African Americans or white Republicans restrict African Americans’ right to vote.

It is unbelievable, or maybe not, that the government is not taking some kind of action to address this absurd idea that white people, supremacists or otherwise, fail to see the white privilege in America and instead, claim they have to protect themselves from the “forces of darkness.” If any American thinks that Nazi fascists and white supremacists are alone in thinking “their race” is under assault, they are grossly misinformed.

In a fairly recent poll more than half, 55 percent, of white people surveyed say that “generally speaking, they believe there is discrimination against white people today.” In 2011 a Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School survey found similar results under the conservative catch-phrase “reverse racism.” In that poll, white Americans were certain discrimination against white Americans in 2011 was worse than anti-Black discrimination in the 1950s.  Trump took advantage of that bizarre idea during the campaign and continues unabated: The rise of the Nazi fascists and white supremacists is indubitably a result of Trump’s election and incessant incitement to racism, white supremacy, and a return to “white heritage.”

There is no doubt there has been a fair amount of racial animus among whites for a long , long time; it just wasn’t an openly popular position to embrace until Barack Obama’s election in 2008. Many Americans were curiously dumbfounded that despite a decent majority of Americans voting for an African American man as their President, that there was still racism in the population. The racism was always there, but the idea that an African American man was elected as President of the United States was a bridge too far and all the proof the racists needed that their “white heritage” was under a vicious assault for “forces of darkness” in the form of Barack Obama.

Trump simply seized on that roiling racism as a campaign tactic and the conservative movement has embraced it as one of its primary means of keeping the people in a state of acrimony. It is no coincidence that Trump began assailing primarily Black NFL players for exercising their 1st Amendment right to protest racial injustice. He is deliberately portraying those African Americans as “un-American” and unwilling to know their place. It was telling that Trump said if they failed to do as he ordered the “sons-of-bitches” should be “terminated.”

It also is no coincidence that Trump is attempting to erase President Barack Obama’s accomplishments as if an African American President never existed. Trump is as much a racist as his Nazi white supremacist devotees.

There is a reason Trump and Republicans take advantage of the rampant racism among their supporters; to keep the population both at odds with, and terrified of, “the other.” The last thing Republicans, or Trump for that matter, want is for all Americans to communicate and finally realize that 99 percent of the population is being played against each other by the 1 percent.

These white supremacists are not going away anytime soon, if at all. The only temporary remedy is what occurred in Shelbyville Tennessee over the weekend; greater numbers of counter protestors and a massive police presence. However, there is sadly no easy, or culturally-acceptable long-term solution primarily because this kind disease, white supremacy, is a generational affliction that no amount of “tolerance training” is going to solve. Besides, the idea of “tolerating” other American citizens is still just a means of covering over institutionalized racism.

The reason so many Americans are stunned at the level of racism is because white supremacists were veritably forced to “tolerate” African Americans as equal citizens with the progress won by the civil rights movement.  Now they have a racist administration behind them and they know they can proceed without fear or impediment from the Justice Department as they build momentum towards creating what too many Americans apparently desire; a “white ethnostate” or “white homeland.” It is exactly what Adolf Hitler created in Nazi Germany and exactly what a terrifyingly disgusting number of Americans want today.

Image: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Charlottesville Victim Charged For Being Beaten By Nazis While Black

It is probably true that more than a few Americans have seen the video of six white supremacists kicking and beating an African American man in a parking garage during the Nazi uprising in Charlottesville in August. Although the latest ‘Nazi torchlight uprising’ over the weekend was relatively short and uneventful, less than 48 hours after it concluded a Virginia magistrate issued an arrest warrant for the African American victim injured in the August parking garage attack; the victim is being charged with a felony.

It is not enough to be a arrested for just “walking, driving or shopping while Black.” Now the 20-year old beating victim is facing arrest for being “violently beaten by six Nazis” next to a police station while Black. This display of “Americana” shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially the local police, but it was a move the police never saw coming. The officer supervising the “parking garage case,” Detective Sgt. Jake Via said ”We were not expecting this. We were expecting to do our own investigation into the man’s allegations.

Apparently, in Virginia all it takes to get someone, like the man 6 men violently beat, arrested is for an “alleged” victim to visit and chat with the local magistrate. According to the Washington Post:

Any alleged crime victim can approach a magistrate to obtain an arrest warrant against the alleged perpetrator.”

The alleged victim must file a police report, and then the magistrate needs the victim’s testimony to issue an arrest warrant. The surprised Detective supervising the investigation said, “The arrest warrant was based solely on the victim’s testimony.” There was no police investigation or other witness testimony and certainly no video of the attack on the Black man because the magistrate would have seen what really happened.

Even though the Nazi ‘victim’ filed a complaint with the police, he knew the video evidence would disprove his “complaint” so he went to the magistrate to get an arrest warrant issued against his gang’s victim. After the arrest warrant is served on DeAndre Harris for “unlawful wounding” while being beaten by six Nazis, the decision to prosecute falls to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.

The Nazi claims that when he attempted to “spear” the counter-protestor with the a pole of a Confederate flag, Mr. Harris swung a flashlight toward the attacker in defense just before being knocked down, kicked and beaten by the six Nazi thugs. Investigators studying the video of the attack identified one of the 6 assailants as the white supremacist who went crying to the magistrate to get the beating victim arrested.

The attorney for the Black beating victim, S. Lee Merritt, was stunned by the charge and said it was orchestrated the white supremacist group the League of the South. It is no coincidence that the Nazi filing the complaint, Harold Ray Crews, runs the League of the South’s North Carolina chapter and defines himself as proud “Southern Nationalist” and an attorney who knows how Virginia law works. The Southern Poverty Law Center has rightly labeled the League of the South as a bonafide hate group.

Mr. Harris’ attorney said the Nazi Crews “was not injured in any way” and that “we find it highly offensive and upsetting. But what’s more jarring is that he’s been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him.

While decent people would be offended, and find it jarring, the Nazis were celebrating that an African American beating victim is facing prison. Shortly after the “charge” was announced, a prominent white nationalist and a racist asshole followed the racist in the Oval Office’s lead and “issued a celebratory tweet.” Hunter Wallace said:

Did you hear the news? DeAndre Harris is going to jail. Yeah, he is being booked this morning. His whole story was another race hoax.”

Of course the dirty racist is lying, or he is too stupid to realize that millions of other Americans watched Mr. Harris on the ground being kicked and beaten with sticks by six ‘white nationalist” Nazis. Apparently not only is being beaten while Black now a crime, the video of being beaten while Black is “another race hoax.” No doubt the medical professionals diagnosing the victim’s spinal cord injury and stitching up a head laceration would dispute the injuries are just “another race hoax

The “prominent white nationalists” celebrating the arrest warrant was a slap in the face to the private instigators helping police identify the assailants in the attack during the Nazi uprising. The so-called “online sleuths” are led by journalist and activist Shaun King have “spent hundreds of hours poring over photos and video footage of the rally and the parking garage attack.” Mr. King said what any non-racist should say; he was appalled that Mr. Harris has been charged.

I am disgusted that the justice system bent over backwards to issue a warrant for one of the primary victims of that day, when I and others had to fight like hell to get that same justice system to prosecute people who were vicious in their attacks against Harris and others. Now, we’re seeing white supremacists celebrate on social media, bragging about Harris’s arrest. They’re hailing this as a victory.”

It is not necessarily that white supremacists are hailing a “victory” as they’re  hailing a return to a not-so-distant era when 6 white men can violently beat an African American and then get the injured victim arrested for being Black while being beaten and kicked by six white Nazis. This is precisely how Trump intends to make America great again and why his most ardent supporters are white supremacist Nazis.

Did Trump Betray His Base By Signing Resolution Condemning Hate?

 

It was lightly reported in the media that most Republicans in Congress joined Democrats on Monday past to “deliver a notable rebuke to President Trump” over his warm embrace of fascists and white supremacists. Both houses of the  legislature fairly dared Trump to condemn his fascist acolytes for “the violence and domestic terrorist attack” that occurred last month around a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Trump finally signed the “joint resolution” yesterday condemning his most reliable supporters as domestic terrorists, but if any American believes for a nano-second that Trump will follow through on any of the “recommendations” Congress strongly urged of him, they are foolish lunatics. Trump loves his fascist supporters because they are white supremacists and they are safe under his administration.

For over a year Trump has put Republicans in the unenviable position of having to suffer his untoward remarks while carefully weighing how much damage they will do to their own careers if they rebuke their  Party’s standard bearer. Even though it’s safe to say many Republicans agree with every word Trump utters, at least most of them have enough self-restraint to keep their true bigoted opinions and racism close to the vest.

After Trump sided with white supremacists and Nazis after they killed a woman and injured dozens for opposing Nazi fascists in Charlottesville Virginia, Republicans refused to sanction  or censure Trump; he is a fellow Republican after all.  All they could bring themselves to do publicly was offer tepid disgust over Trump’s affinity with racists and fascists and his accusation that Americans protesting against hate and fascism are “really bad.”

The resolution Trump signed late Thursday passed with a unanimous vote in the House and a solid majority of the Senate. It had to have stung Trump that Congress actually passed a “joint resolution calling the Charlottesville protest a domestic terror attack” he had to sign to make it official.  This particular joint resolution was rare because Democrats and Republicans structured it specifically to require Trump’s signature to pass. In fact, one of the measure’s sponsors, Senator Tim Kaine explained why he was pleased the bipartisan measure passed so easily. He said:

I think it’s great for [Democrats and Republicans] to be able to make a moral call that white supremacy’s not acceptable, and I want the president to have to sign it. We wouldn’t have had to add in that point had he not demonstrated this moral equivocation at the time, but I think it would be a really good thing.

Here’s the thing, even though Trump signed the resolution, he still demonstrates “moral equivocation” by repeating his claim that inspired the bipartisan joint resolution in the first place.  Trump signed the measure just a few hours after comparing his most ardent supporters that Congress labeled “hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy” as “domestic terrorists” to the counter-protestors in Charlottesville.

If Trump was sincere, he would never have repeated the comments that counter-protestors were “just as bad” as the fascists they were protesting against. It is very telling that Trump doubled down on his vile comments that inspired Congress to pass the joint resolution in the first place; he is still solidly behind his fascist base.

The resolution called on Trump to not only speak out against his devotees and condemn them as domestic terrorists and hate groups, it “urged” the administration to “use all resources available to the President Trump and the President’s Trump’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”

Congress also brought pressure to bear on Trump’s racist attorney general calling on Sessions to “investigate acts of violence or domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists.” In fact, it called on Sessions to direct the Department of Justice to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security to:

Investigate thoroughly all acts of violence,  intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups in order to determine if any criminal laws have been violated and to prevent those groups from fomenting and facilitating additional violence.”

Prior to signing the resolution, Trump told reporters:

“I think especially in light of the advent of antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. A lot of people are saying — in fact a lot of people have actually written —  ‘Gee, Trump might have a point.’  I said, you got some very bad people on the other side also, which is true.”

No, Trump doesn’t have a point no matter how many times he attempts to equate Americans opposing fascism as “very bad people.” Trump is a punk-ass fascist for attempting to demonize the counter protestors opposed to fascists the bipartisan “joint resolution” never mentioned; except to honor the memory of slain anti-fascist protestor Heather Heyer and the first responders who perished while monitoring the Nazi fascists.

As an aside, and a little historical reminder for dumb Donnie, the advent of the anti-fascist movement goes back to at least World War II when the entirety of the American people banded together and went to war to defeat the same fascists Trump’s supporters are emulating. It is likely why the congressional resolution included no criticism whatsoever of the counter-protestors; even Republicans comprehend that people who oppose fascism, including Trump’s fascism, are not “very bad  people.”

In normal times, standing in opposition to an historical American enemy, the fascists, would be rewarded. Instead, Trump uses a pejorative made up by his Nazi fascist supporters, “antifa” when referring to patriots who oppose him and his fascist sycophants. No doubt most Americans identify as ‘anti-fascists” and if they don’t they are likely Nazi racists.

Even though he signed the joint resolution, no-one should hold their breath waiting for him to “use all resources available to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.” And it is likely that few people expect Jeff Sessions to work with Homeland Security to “investigate acts of violence or domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists.

Remember, one of Trump’s first acts was instructing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to stop investigating domestic terrorism associated with “white supremacist and militia” groups. It is one thing to sign a meaningless joint resolution, but it is contrary to Trump’s worldview to take action against his most valued supporters; particularly after they made a big deal expressing their undying gratitude for his action neutering the FBI and Homeland Security’s investigative power that gave the alt-right (Nazi) fascists what they desired most; “space to destroy.

Trump’s attempt to equate violent fascists and hate groups with patriots opposed to fascists and hate groups was no mistake, and the timing of his comments hours before signing the resolution was no coincidence. He sent a signal to his fascist supporters that he will use his White House platform and authority to portray “his” opposition as the real bad guys; it is a tried-and-true Nazi propaganda technique.

After his remarks defining Americans protesting fascism as “some pretty bad dudes” just hours before signing Congress’ joint resolution, it is possible that there is some kind of White House announcement in the works. Likely to sate his fascist zealots,  Trump will issue an executive order instructing the FBI, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security to target the people who oppose fascism mirroring the language in the Congress’ joint resolution; it is precisely what Americans should expect from the petty fascist in the White House.

 

U.N. Issues Rare Warning Over Trump’s Violent Racism

 

For the second time in less than two weeks, America’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has made a remarkable statement that the man leading the United States does not speak for, or represent the values, of the United States. Tillerson’s rebuke of Trump and his racist worldview was a pathetic attempt to assure the rest of the world that America is not racist like the man in the White House; even though “facts on the ground” contradict Tillerson’s remarks. It is true that Trump’s racism does not represent the entire population, or the Constitution, but with little to no pushback against Trump and his adherents from the party controlling the government, the rest of the world definitely sees Trump as “spokesman for racist America.”

It is almost certain that Secretary Tillerson’s remarks were in response to a damning condemnation of Trump’s leadership by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). It is a sad fact that Trump has so tarnished America’s reputation around the world by embracing white supremacists and Nazis that the world organization had to issue a rare warning to the United States. In the same manner they have warned seven brutal dictatorships and war-ravaged developing nations over the past decade, the U.N. warned America to get a handle on the racially driven hate plaguing the country.

It is a tragedy that while Republicans allow their racist standard bearer to incite his devotees’ animus toward people of color and the wrong religions (Jews and Muslims), they are content to sit back and let the United Nations warn Americans to embrace their Constitution and equal rights and reject Trump.

It is most likely that Rex Tillerson’s claim that the Constitution speaks for America, and not Trump, was a tepid insinuation that if Trump had any fealty to the Constitution, he would never embrace white supremacists and Nazis. Not only does Trump lack any respect for or devotion to the nation’s founding document, he did saythe U.S. Constitution is bad for the country;” probably a statement that was not lost on the rest of the world.

The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was so appalled at the results of “the horrific neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville, Virginia” that they had to take what is arguably a “very rare” action. The idea that Nazis and white supremacists rioted in a first-world wealthy nation leading to violence, several injuries, and “a woman being murdered in a vehicle attack” did not incur universal outrage from America’s leaders, so the U.N. had to issue a warning.

The U.N. knows, like decent Americans, that Republicans are not doing anything to combat racism or rein in their Nazi leader Trump. In fact, because of the Trump-approved atrocity in Charlottesville, coupled with the increasing frequency of racial hate crimes since he was inaugurated, CERD felt it was their humanitarian duty to take the extraordinary step of issuing an “early warning” to the United States.

CERD issued its “formal early warning” not because they believe it will have any effect on the racist Trump, but to send a message that the world is appalled at the blatant display of racism since Trump’s ascendancy to a place he doesn’t belong. The U.N.’s warning is “rare” and “unprecedented” because it has only been issued against third world nations or tyrannical dictatorships such as ISIS in Iraq, Burundi, and Kyrgyzstan. Now America is included in that “rare” list.

Although CERD stopped short of directly naming Trump, they left no doubt as to whom the “early warning” was intended. Anastasia Crickley is CERD chairwoman and in a statement she said:

We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred.”

Actually, CERD did not have to specifically name Trump because they “took a thinly veiled swipe” at him for “falsely claiming that many sides were to blame for the white supremacist and Nazi violence in Charlottesville.” CERD’s “formal early warningspecificallyadmonishes high-level politicians and public officials to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn hate speech.” It is telling and humiliating that the world organization had to admonish America’s leaders to reject and condemn hate speech.

Obviously, Trump is never going to reject or condemn his racist ‘acolytes’ any more than Republicans will condemn and reject their racist standard bearer. It is just as obvious that the United Nations’ early warning will have no effect on Trump, his Nazi disciples, or his Republican enablers. In fact, it is mildly shocking that Trump has not seized on the “early warning” to rile up his base against the United Nations and launch a new “us against the world” campaign.

Tillerson’s rebuke of Trump as “not speaking” for America likely did not fool the U.N. any more than it fools Americans. All he really accomplished was pissing off Trump; but nobody in their right mind will condemn him for that. However, pissing off Trump or not, America is still a racist nation or Trump would never have been nominated, much less elected. Moreover, the American people would not have had to suffer through eight years of GOP-incited racism against a very popular President simply because he is Black. Racism is an American trait whether the people acknowledge it or not and that may be the one positive out of the U.N.’s warning; reaffirming that what Trump, Republicans, and their base represent is very real and very American.

Trump has had a deleterious effect on America’s image since he won the election and has tarnished that already damaged image daily since his sparsely attended inauguration. It is too bad mainstream media has not reported that because of Trump, the United Nations had to warn Americans they are on a short list of “developing and unstable countries threatened by ethnic civil war.” It is a warning no small number of pundits and commenters have expressed since Trump emerged on the national scene.

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.