Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We Have Nazis Now

The dregs of society continue to surface. Trump gave them a platform long ago and continues to do so as his only verbal denunciations of ongoing racist acts seem to begin and end with the words "stop it." This edition: Nazis.

A video from the National Policy Institute's weekend annual meeting surfaced, showing people "hail Trump"-ing and Nazi saluting. I'd post it here, but, gross. The NPL, a self-described 'alt-right think-tank' supports white nationalism and neo-Nazi policies. Richard Spencer, who runs the NPL, called the meeting so they can "start influencing policy and culture." Meaning, start advocating for "peaceful ethnic cleansing," as Spencer has suggested in the past. "America was, until this past generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and our posterity. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us," said Spencer.

It's understandable why these groups flocked to Trump. Trump is a mysogynist. Trump is racist. Trump is xenophobic. Trump is a fucking moron. He made this clear (and clearer and clearer) throughout his campaign. Not only did he denounce virtually everyone who isn't a white, straight male (you know, someone just like him), he retweeted messages from white supremacist social media accounts, including posting anti-Semitic themes. He continues to vilify journalists, who Spencer has labeled the "lügenpresse" or "lying press", what the original nazi party called the media in Germany.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government in American University's School of Public Affairs, wrote "Trump’s campaign did not unite Americans; it emboldened white nationalists and white supremacists." By winning the election and continuing to appoint monsters, Trump has validated people who have dangerous views. These people can now influence public policy.

Let's recap:
Steve Bannon, executive editor to Brietbart News, a white nationalist news site who publishes articles like How To Make Women Happy: Uninvent The Washing Machine And The Pill, is now our White House chief strategist.
Jeff Sessions, Alabama Senator who was turned down for a federal judgeship in 1986 because of his alleged past racist comments, is now our attorney general.
Mike Flynn, Islamophobe who said Islamism is a "vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people" that has to be "excised", is now our National Security Adviser.
Kris Kobach, who has outlined plans to register Muslims, block the immigration of all Syrian refugees, and deport millions of undocumented immigrants has joined forces with Trump's immigration policy transition team.

We know there are several parallels between Trump and Hitler, but Spencer is using Hitler's literal agenda. The Holocaust Museum released a statement noting that Spencer's comments “closely echoe[d] Adolf Hitler’s view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival.” The statement concluded by observing that “the Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words. The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.”

CNN used this garbage as a headline, further perpetuating the rise of the nazis.

Image source: Independent

So, here we are.

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