Trumpies have a festival of hate, and it is spreading nationwide

‘Nothing Less Than a Civil War’: These White Voters on the Far-Right See Doom Without Trump

“Trumpstock,” is a small festival celebrating Trump in Golden Valley, Arizona. The speakers at Trumpstock included the local Republican congressman, Paul Gosar, and lesser-known conservative personalities. There was a fringe 2020 Senate candidate in Arizona who ran a website that published sexually explicit photos of women without their consent; a pro-Trump rapper whose lyrics include a racist slur aimed at Barack Obama; and a North Carolina activist who once said of Muslims, “I will kill every one of them before they get to me.”

All were welcome, everybody well, except the hated liberals.

“They label us white nationalists, or white supremacists,” volunteered Guy Taiho Decker, who drove from California to attend the event. A right-wing protester, he has previously been arrested on charges of making terrorist threats. “There’s no such thing as a white supremacist, just like there’s no such thing as a unicorn,” Mr. Decker said. “We’re patriots.”

As Mr. Trump’s bid for re-election shifts into higher gear, his campaign hopes to recapture voters who drifted away from the party in 2018 and 2019: independents who embraced moderate Democratic candidates, suburban women tired of Mr. Trump’s personal conduct and working-class voters who haven’t benefited from his economic policies.

But if any group remains singularly loyal to Mr. Trump, it is the small but impassioned number of white voters on the far right, often in rural communities like Golden Valley, who extol him as a cultural champion reclaiming the country from undeserving outsiders.

These voters don’t passively tolerate Mr. Trump’s “build a wall” message or his ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries — they’re what motivates them. They see themselves in his fear-based identity politics, bolstered by conspiratorial rhetoric about caravans of immigrants and Democratic “coups.”

Speaking engagements featuring far-right supporters of Trump, have become part of the political landscape during the Trump era. Islamophobic taunts can be heard at his rallies. Hate speech and conspiracy theories are staples of some far-right websites. If Trumpstock was modest in size, it stood out as a sign of extremist public support for Trump and his cult.

These supporters have electoral muscle in key areas: Mr. Trump outperformed Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, in rural parts of Arizona like Mohave County, where Golden Valley is located. Mr. Trump won 58,282 votes in the county, compared to 47,901 for Mr. Romney, though Mr. Romney carried the state by a much bigger vote margin.

Arizona will be a key battleground state in 2020: Democrats already flipped a Senate seat and a Tucson-based congressional district from red to blue in 2018. For Mr. Trump, big turnout from white voters in areas like Mohave County — and in rural parts of other battlegrounds like Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Georgia — could be a lifeline in a tight election.

“We like to call this the ‘Red Wall of Arizona,’” said Laurence Schiff, a psychiatrist and Republican campaign official in Mohave County who organizes in support of Mr. Trump’s campaign. “Winning the state starts here, with us.”

In interviews, people in the crowd described a white America under threat as racial minorities typified by Mr. Obama, the country’s first black president. They described Mr. Trump as an inspirational figure who is undoing Mr. Obama’s legacy and beating back the perceived threat of Muslim and Latino immigrants, whom they denounced in prejudiced terms.

“I don’t have a problem with Muslims,” said Angus Smith, an Arizona resident who attended the festival, “but can they take the rag off their head out of respect for our country?”

At Mr. Trump’s official rallies, including a recent one in Florida, Trump has referred to Mr. Obama by stressing his middle name, Hussein, and said Democrats were “trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you.”

The Trumpstock speakers pushed even further, tying Mr. Obama’s middle name to a false belief that he is a foreign-born Muslim.

And Democrats were portrayed as not just political opponents, but avatars of doom for Mr. Trump’s predominantly white voter base and for the country.

“There is no difference between the democratic socialists and the National Socialists,” said Evan Sayet, a conservative writer who spoke at the event, referencing Nazi Germany. Democrats, he said, “are the heirs to Adolf Hitler.”

Speakers at Trumpstock said their cultural fears had been exacerbated by their state’s own changing nature: Arizona is on the front lines of undocumented border crossings from Mexico and racial minorities are expected to outnumber white people in the state in the next decade.

They point to regions like Northern Arizona as places to find, as Mr. Trump wrote in a recent tweet, “the Angry Majority.”  “We have the greatest base in the history of politics,” he said at a recent rally in Florida.

In Arizona, the most prominent pro-Trump, anti-immigrant groups are AZ Patriots and Patriot Movement AZ, which have held tight to the themes of white nationalism. In September, after repeated clashes, some members of the groups agreed to a court order to stop harassing migrants and church volunteers who help them.

Earlier this year, the groups and their allies organized a “Patriotism over Socialism” event in Gilbert, Ariz., near Phoenix, that included speeches from Representative Andy Biggs, the area’s congressman, and Kelli Ward, the state’s Republican Party chair. They appeared alongside more fringe figures: Sharon Slater of Family Watch International, which has promoted figures associated with anti-L.G.B.T. conversion therapy, and Laura Loomer, the far-right activist and Arizona native who was banned by Twitter and some other platforms after making anti-Muslim comments.

This blend of insider and outsider, of mainstream and conspiracy, is a feature of how Mr. Trump has reshaped the Republican Party in his image, and the core of his origin story. Before Mr. Trump announced any firm plans to seek office, he was the national face of the “birther” conspiracy, which thrived in the Tea Party movement and had a significant amount of support from the Republican base, polls showed.

Stacey Goodman, a former police officer from New York who retired to Arizona and attended Trumpstock, said her distrust of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate had led her to Mr. Trump.

“If you’re Muslim, just tell us you’re Muslim,” she said of Mr. Obama. “It’s not that I didn’t believe him, I’m just not qualified to answer that question. I’ve seen information on both sides that’s compelling.”

Mona Fishman, a singer from the Las Vegas area who performed at the event, has written Trump-themed songs with titles like “Fake News” and “Smells like Soros,” which accuses liberal megadonor George Soros of running a shadow government, a trope widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

In the White House, Mr. Trump has relied on similar unfounded conspiracy theories and promoted people who have perpetuated them. He pardoned Joseph M. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, a hero of Arizona’s right wing and a leader of the “birther” movement, who was convicted of criminal contempt related to his aggressive efforts to detain undocumented immigrants.

On Mr. Trump’s Twitter account, likely the most-watched in the world, he has promoted white nationalists, anti-Muslim bigots, and believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that top Democrats are worshiping the Devil and engaging in child sex trafficking.

Even mainstream conservative media figures have embraced QAnon as a way to dismiss Mr. Trump’s political enemies. The Fox News host Jesse Watters, during a recent segment dedicated to the conspiracy, linked it to Mr. Trump’s Washington enemies. “Isn’t it also about the Trump fight with the deep state in terms of the illegal surveillance of the campaign, the inside hit jobs that he’s sustained?” he asked.

They love his over the top tweets “Please never stop tweeting,” Ms. Fishman sings in one of her songs, titled “Thank You President Trump.” “I can hardly wait to see what I’ll be reading.”

 ‘I don’t believe in violence, but…’

Events like Trumpstock are not limited to Arizona. Its organizer, Laurie Bezick, recruited speakers from around the country through social media, tapping into a network of pro-Trump voices only a click away.

Long-shot congressional candidates touting an “America First” agenda came from places like Iowa and Maryland. Leaders of fledgling political groups with names like JEXIT: Jews Exit The Democratic Party, Latinos for Trump and Deplorable Pride, a right-wing L.G.B.T. organization, told the overwhelmingly white audience they were not anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, homophobic or racist. In fact, the speakers insisted, people who used those terms were more guilty of bigotry than the people they accused.

To applause, the co-founder of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez, read the pledge he took when he became a naturalized citizen and renounced his Mexican homeland. Nitemare, a pro-Trump rapper who refused to give his legal name, invoked QAnon and called Mr. Obama a racist slur in his set.

Brian Talbert, the founder of Deplorable Pride, was contacted by the White House after he was barred from the L.G.B.T. pride parade in Charlotte, N.C. At Trumpstock, Mr. Talbert, who has a history of expressing anti-Muslim beliefs on social media, gave voice to hatred of Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and Mr. Trump’s 2016 opponent.

“I think she should be hanging at the end of a rope for treason,” he said of Mrs. Clinton.

Members of groups like these at once make up a critical portion of Arizona’s conservative base, and espouse derogatory rhetoric that must repeatedly be repudiated, creating political difficulties for the state’s Republican lawmakers. After a photograph emerged last April of members of Patriot Movement AZ posing with Gov. Doug Ducey, he said he had never heard of the group. “I absolutely denounce their behavior,” he added.

Trumpstock attendees say they are used to being denounced, another quality they feel they share with Trump It’s part of why they are protective of him, to the point that they refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a Trump loss in 2020.

Mark Villalta said he had been stockpiling firearms, in case Mr. Trump’s re-election is not successful.

“Nothing less than a civil war would happen,” Mr. Villalta said, his right hand reaching for a holstered handgun. “I don’t believe in violence, but I’ll do what I got to do.”


This post was edited from New York Times story by Astead W. Herndon 


Trump is not the only one in love with Russians…..

Seems that southern white racists just absolutely love those White Christian Russians 

The conservative news source The Hill reports:

An Alabama organization designated as a white supremacist hate group by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is launching a Russian-language page calling on Russia and the American South to become allies.

A letter posted to the League of the South’s website first reported by spoke of natural similarities between Russian culture and the conservative southerners.

“As fellow Whites of northern European extraction, we come from the same general gene pool. As inheritors of the European cultural tradition, we share similar values, customs, and ways of life. And as Christians, we worship the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and our common faith binds us as brothers and sisters,” the group’s leader Michael Hill wrote.

Hill’s letter continued that the site’s Russian-language page would be the “first step” toward building “[a] firm and resolute understanding and commitment to cooperation between the Russian people and the people of the South [that] could indeed be the foundation for a better world in which our peoples thrive and prosper far into the future.”

The group’s move to establish the page comes days after President Trump’s bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the two leaders spoke about decreasing tensions between their two nations.

Trump was criticized after a press conference including both leaders for appearing to agree with Putin’s dismissal of Russia’s election interference efforts, which he later clarified he did not intend in a statement at the White House.

ADL researchers have recorded chapters of the League of the South group in 16 states, first appearing in 1994 after Hill, a former professor at Stillman College, a historically black school, founded the group.

The group is described by ADL as “espouse[ing] white supremacist ideology and southern nationalism, advocating for an independent southern nation devoid of Jews and other minorities.”

It’s time for the yearly convergence of haters

Just Watchin’ and Just another deportable at last year hate rally?

Last years alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, removed the last doubt about the white supremacist fascism of the so-called alt-right. Remember when a neo-Nazi punk plowed his Dodge Charger into a peaceful crowd of anti-fascist counter-protesters, he murdered 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring others. And don’t forget the young black man that was beaten bloody by racists with metal poles in a parking lot near a police station. White supremacists marched Klan-like, with burning torches and Nazi salutes, around a Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee while chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” The enabler in chief Donald Trump declared that there were some “very fine people on both sides”

The lowlife racists behind last summer’s deadly “Unite the Right rally” want to hold an event on the anniversary of last August’s deadly white supremacist orgasm. They insist it will be nonviolent, of course. Jason Kessler, the person behind last year’s deadly white supremacist debacle in Charlottesville has declared that this year’s event will be peaceful. But it has been revealed that Kessler and his co-conspirators have discussed bringing on at least one violent skinhead group and hope to court other paramilitary fringe groups.

Sieg Heil! ya all!

Mantova, Eureka’s biggest Trump groupie weighs in on the Supervisors race

Surprise! Eureka City Council Candidate and all-around Trump sycophant Anthony Mantova has strongly endorsed Ryan Sundberg for fifth district supervisor in today’s Times-Standard.

No one actually should be surprised. While Ryan has cultivated his façade of being a calm, reasonable sort of middle of the road voice on the board of Supervisors, the reality is much different.  True compared to the bluster and bravado of fellow supervisor Rex Bohn, Sundberg does indeed seem calm, but that just his demeanor, when you look at his voting record both as a supervisor and as a coastal commissioner it’s indistinguishable from the positions espoused by chronic blowhard Rex Bohn.

Birds of a feather

So what is Mantova’s big closing argument to get you to vote for Ryan? During the several years that I operated a store in McKinleyville, none of my customers ever complained about Mr. Sundberg.”
Seriously? That’s it?


The GOP and Trump are setting the stage for an undemocratic and permanent power grab

While our attention has been diverted by lying racist Trump and his antics, the rapid change from a republican form of government to oligarchy continues unabated. The Trumpies are stacking the courts at an unprecedented rate with extreme right-wingers’ and neo-fascists

Howard Nielson Jr. is a former Justice Department lawyer in the Bush administration who helped lead an infamous purge of left-leaning job candidates at the Justice Department – a power move considered so heinous that an inspector general’s report recommended those involved should never work in government again.

Thomas Farr spent much of his early career as a campaign attorney for the late Sen. Jesse Helms, the legendary North Carolina Republican and villain to a generation of civil rights advocates. While he was largely behind the scenes, the activists say, Farr was one of the architects of Helms’ plots to suppress black turnout, allowing the senator and former segregationist Dixiecrat to maintain an iron grip on power for more than three decades.

Yet despite liberal outrage about their career paths – and Democrats’ attempts to make them the poster boys for highly ideological nominees the White House is racing to get on the court – experts say Senate Republicans voting in lockstep are likely to confirm both Nielsen and Farr to lifetime appointments as federal court judges.

Put another way: President Donald Trump’s campaign to steer the federal bench to the far right, which conservatives say are among the handful of the president’s first-year accomplishments, is continuing with all deliberate speed. And minority Democrats, stripped of nearly all legislative tools to affect the process, can barely slow it down, much less stop it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, doesn’t think the judicial confirmations are happening fast enough – even though several candidates the White House pushed through the vetting and nomination process last year were forced to withdraw under embarrassing circumstances.

“Why must [nominees] consume a week of the Senate’s attention? Why do we need to file cloture on each, and then exhaust the full thirty hours of debate?” McConnell asked in a statement released Monday. “Because Senate Democrats are choosing – for partisan reasons – to make these nominations take as long as possible.”

But analysts say the demand to accelerate a confirmation process that’s moving far faster than when former President Barack Obama was in office – along with nominees from the far right whose backgrounds have been given a once-over instead of a thorough scrub – could be a bad combination for Trump and his top legislative ally.

“Speeding up confirmations raises the risk of unforeseen or troubling areas,” says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor and political analyst. “Much of the problem we saw last year was the result of poor vetting and preparation of nominees. That is not as much a matter of the Senate schedule” as much as subpar work by the White House and the GOP.

Meanwhile, along with slowing down the nominations as much as possible, Democrats and their progressive allies plan to highlight Trump’s “worrisome” nominees in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections – what some say is the motivation behind McConnell’s push for faster confirmations ahead of what’s likely to be a Democratic tsunami.

“Every Republican will be held accountable for their vote,” says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, a progressive organization specializing in the courts and legal issues. “There are Republican lawyers who would be great judges, but this administration is looking exclusively for individuals who will turn the clock back” on women’s rights, civil rights and protections for gays and lesbians.

“They have a commitment to identifying and recruiting judges who are hostile to the progress America has made in so many areas,” says Aron. “And in doing so, they’re sacrificing quality for ideology.”

Neilson “played a role in the Justice Department’s notorious political hiring scandal under the George W. Bush administration,” in which the Justice Department screened intern applicants for political affiliation and rejected any candidates who leaned to the left – no matter how sterling their qualifications, according to a letter to the committee from Marge Baker, president of People for the American Way. That discrimination, she says, not only broke federal guidelines but “is toxic to democracy, especially when carried out by the nation’s primary law enforcement agency.”

That sentiment was echoed in the inspector general’s report of the incident, according to Baker, who quoted the analysis: “The ones who are no longer with the Department should never get a job with the Department or, in my view, any other Federal agency based upon the conduct listed, and I hope – and they should consider this action.”

The left is also outraged by Nielson’s work with National Rifle Association as well as his involvement in writing the so-called Bush torture memos, in which the White House Office of Legal Counsel justified the use of waterboarding and other forms of abuse against terrorism suspects, in violation of the Geneva Convention. But the biggest strike against him, according to liberals, is his work fighting gay marriage in California.

“Like nearly one-third of the judicial nominees that have been put forward by this administration, Mr. Nielsen has a long history of working to strip LGBT people of their legal protections,” according to a letter Lambda Legal, a gay and lesbian civil rights group, sent to the Judiciary Committee.

When a federal judge struck down the ban on gay marriage as a form of discrimination, “Mr. Nielson filed a motion asking to vacate the ruling,” arguing that “the presiding judge, Judge Vaughn Walker – a Reagan appointee who was randomly assigned the case – did not reveal that he was in a long-term same-sex relationship and that because he was in such a relationship,” according to the letter. Nielson “[assumed] he must have an interest (namely, an intention to marry) that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.”

During Nielson’s confirmation hearing Wednesday, Nielson rejected the allegation that he’s biased against gays and lesbians. “The views I express in litigation are those of my clients,” he told the committee. “No one needs to recuse themselves because of their status.”

Similarly, when Far was nominated, Rev. William Barber – an influential civil rights leader and lifelong North Carolina resident – objected strongly because of the nominee’s affiliation with Helms, a longtime senator with deeply-held conservative views. Barber called Farr a “protege” of Helms who, fresh from law school, eagerly adopted the role of suppressing the African-American electorate, a Helms tactic

Along with a race-baiting TV ad in the 1990 campaign, Helms allegedly mailed “more than 100,000 intimidating postcards to North Carolinians, most of whom were blacks eligible to vote, wrongly suggesting they were ineligible and warning that they could be prosecuted for fraud if they tried to cast ballots,” Barber wrote in a New York Times editorial late last month. Although Farr denied it in his confirmation hearings in October, Barber notes that Farr worked for Helms’ campaign during that time period and was affiliated with the law firm that represented the senator for years.

“Having lived in North Carolina since childhood, I know Mr. Helms’ racist legacy and I hold no doubts that Mr. Farr perpetuates it,” Barber wrote. “He began his career as counsel for Mr. Helms’s Senate campaigns, where he participated in racist tactics to intimidate African-American voters. This alone is reason to reject his nomination, as is his apparent lying on the topic to the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Farr has disavowed the allegations, but committee Democrats want him to testify again before the confirmation vote to clear up the matter.

Ultimately, Aron says, Democrats don’t have the votes to keep Farr or Nielson from the bench, and McConnell and the White House show no intentions of forcing either of them to withdraw. But they are likely to put up a much stronger fight now that Democratic Sens. Corey Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California are on the panel.

Democrats rearranged their lineup following the surprise win of Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in a December special election, and when Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota retired in January amid a sexual misconduct scandal.

The additions “will produce some different outcomes and enhance the conversation and questioning. And that’s a big change,” Aron says.

But Turley, the George Washington University professor, says the politically bloody, hand-to-hand combat over judicial nominations is likely to continue until the White House, Democrats and Republicans agree on baseline qualifications and check political ideology at the door — a longshot at best.

“They need to look very closely at the quality control aspect of this process,” Turley says. “I think that the federal bench for the most part has maintained a very talented array of judges. Despite the flaws in our system we actually have produced a fairly good bench. But it’s clear the process favors the well-connected.”


Experts warn Trump’s demagoguery and bile and have created a resurgent neo-Nazi movement

Americans should be concerned about “daring” actions by white supremacists inspired by the “bile” of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and the Civil War brewing in the Republican Party, according to two experts on white supremacism.

British scholars Clive Webb and Robert Cook, of the University of Sussex, sounded the alarm about the “resurgent” neo-Nazi movement in the latest episode of the university’s Trump Watch podcast.

“The far-right is resurgent … with a president that espouses demagoguery and bile,” said Webb, a historian of white supremacist movements. “That can only serve to energize the far right … making it more daring in its actions.”

This rise of white supremacist movements comes as a “war for the soul of the Republican Party” is brewing in the GOP, added Cook, an expert in the Civil War.

“In the months to come, we will see Trump siding with the opponents of the Republican mainstream and white supremacist rhetoric will undoubtedly play a very, very important role in those efforts on the part of the president,” Cook said. “The president of the United States is giving at least implicit sanction to the conduct of people who should be far beyond the political pale.”

Early this month, Trump’s former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who has returned to head Breitbart news, said he is targeting at least 15 establishment Republicans to replace them in the 2018 primaries with hard-right candidates who are loyal to Trump.

It all comes as the alt-right is on the march and emboldened. One peaceful counter-protester was killed at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August by a car police said was driven by a white supremacist.

Former KKK leader David Duke said he was at the rally to “fulfill the promise of Donald Trump.” During his 2016 campaign, Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration and expel Muslims from the U.S.

Trump’s equivocation in condemning the white supremacists drew condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats. The president blamed “both sides” for the violence — a comment that was praised by white supremacists.

With Trump in the White House, it “is an alarming situation in terms of how daring the actions of the far-right will become in the years immediately ahead,” Webb said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the U.S., calculates there are roughly 900 hate groups operating in America today. The group’s research shows hate groups grew 17 percent from 784 in 2014 to 917 in 2016. And attacks against Muslims are up dramatically since Trump became a candidate in 2015.

These groups, said Webb, are gaining more influence, not only through Trump, but “through the power of social media” and hard-right media outlets like Breitbart.

In the meantime, elected officials try to douse the flames. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in advance of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s talk at the University of Florida this Thursday. The move will put extra police and emergency services at the ready in case violence breaks out.

Spencer was one of the organizers of the Charlottesville rally.