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 


MAGA hats: The new swastika

Yesterday one of our team was confronted by a large belligerent white man wearing a MAGA hat. That started a lengthy discussion around here about what that symbol represents a how the Trump cultists seem to relish the way they upset people.

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham lamented how wearing one of Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” hats was now “basically considered a hate crime.” (that’s about right)

A San Mateo restaurant owner says customers will not be served if they are wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Wursthall Restaurant said that it would be the “same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate.”  (that pretty much says it)

Do you know why people think MAGA hats are a symbol of hatred?

Because people wearing them keep doing hateful things.

Those guys who waved Tiki torches and murdered Heather Hayer at Charlottesville? The Unite the Right organizer encouraged them to “Bring your MAGA hats if you’ve got ’em.” The result was a slew of people chanting Nazi slogans while wearing Make America Great Again hats.

Would-be terrorist Caser Sayoc who sent homemade pipe bombs to those who he perceived to be Trump’s political enemies, is pictured countless times proudly wearing his MAGA hat.

Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland Shooter, boasted a MAGA hat avatar on his Instagram and was seen around the school wearing one.

David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, celebrated Trump’s victory with a picture of Trump wearing his MAGA hat. In that tweet he claimed, “our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump #Maga.”

Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed six and wounded 19 at a Mosque in Quebec, is pictured proudly wearing a MAGA hat on social media.

In a particularly bizarre case, the cannibal killer Austin Harrouf was supposedly wearing a MAGA hat while he attempted to eat one of his victims’ faces.

Willie Ames, who threw a Mexican man onto the subway tracks after shouting, “F—ing Mexicans. You people are dirty. You people are nasty” was, you guessed it, wearing a MAGA hat at the time.

And though they were not wearing hats at the time, just this week, the guys who beat up Empire star Jussie Smollet and doused him in bleach reportedly shouted “MAGA country!” along with other racist and homophobic slurs


A MAGA hat isn’t tied to religious convictions. Nor is it considered a necessary garment to interact in society, like pants or a dress. If you want a hat, you can easily wear one with a slogan that isn’t sported by a number of far-right murderers. It seems pretty obvious to us, if you’re wearing a MAGA hat, you’re making a conscious choice to do so being aware of the garment’s hateful connotations.

When a hat starts being associated with right-wing terrorists and murderers, that would probably be a good time for people who disapprove of their actions to stop wearing that hat.

You don’t keep wearing the uniform of a hate group unless you deliberately wanted to provoke and outrage people. You know, like if you were just a huge asshole or and Trump Troll and a blog who just enjoys making other people uncomfortable and upset.


Edited from HuffPost, CNN, ABC 7 SF, and Bazaar

Many of us not on the right have trouble wrapping our minds around this level of hatred and contempt


It’s not Trump the person the right-winger’s love, it’s his full-on hatred and vocal contempt for anybody left of center that binds his supporters to him.
A prime example is one that we see here on this blog. It is the commenter we’ve named “trump troll” he hates beyond most of our abilities to comprehend.


Here’s an opinion piece from Raw Story by a conservative in the “very conservative” Wall Street Journal that we think helps bring it into focus from a different perspective:


Drawing upon reader reactions and emails, a conservative columnist for the equally conservative Wall Street Journal said it was unlikely any Republican challenger will unseat Donald Trump as the party’s nominee in 2020 due to his rabid base.

According to the Journal’s Daniel Henninger, Trump’s base is less interested in policy achievements or a functioning government as they are in sticking it to liberals who loathe Trump — even if his actions are detrimental to their own well-being.

“The reasons offered for why Donald Trump won’t win re-election in 2020 continue to pile up,” Henninger began. “His approval rating is stuck, seemingly forever, below 45%. The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll puts the percentage of voters who say they’re likely to vote for him at 38%, while some 52% currently prefer a Democratic candidate.”

Nonetheless — and with newly elected Utah Senator Mitt Romney (R) leading the charge — the columnist said conservative critics of Trump will be ineffective because they miss what Trump’s base loves about him.

“One of the abiding mysteries of recent political history remains how the blunt and brutal character standing on the GOP primary stage in his fire-engine-red tie beat the skilled politicians alongside him,” the columnist explained.

“For two years, this column has received emails virtually every week from readers who have been along for the entire Trump ride. Some love him, others abhor him,” he admitted. “But among the most intriguing on this political odyssey are those in recent months who have been at pains to say they don’t need more descriptions of what a crude, often insufferable boor Donald Trump is.”

With that, Henninger shared a comment he received from a frequent reader, explaining Trump’s appeal

“When I see long-hoped-for ‘Resistance’ to those nutburgers (Hatred and contempt for the Democrats) from Trump—which I did not see from Nixon, Ford, Bush 41 or Bush 43—I am unalterably supportive, flawed vessel or not,” the reader confessed. “It’s not the man, it’s the resistance(Hatred and contempt for the Democrats) that binds us to him.”

“These aren’t only dislocated people living inside the Trump ‘base’ in places like hollowed-out Wilkes-Barre, Pa. This sentiment has been building for decades,” Henniger elaborated. “Its scale is suggested by the degree of Trump outrages these voters have been willing to discount on behalf of a larger cultural and political cause.”

Henninger then attempted to put his finger in what makes these voters tick.

“What exactly is their problem?” he asked. “In our time, it takes the form of the left’s cultural triumphalism on matters of identity, race, gender and indeed assimilation, or ‘the American idea.’ If Donald Trump or any other political figure challenges these ideas, some media figure will call it a dog whistle.”

With that in mind, and with no potential candidate likely to move to the right of Trump — or more outrageously — Henninger said the GOP is stuck with him for better or worse.

“It is possible Mr. Trump will personally grind down enough people to make him a one-term president,” Henninger concluded.

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!

Memorial Day history Trump family style

Guardian journalist John Swaine pointed out an interesting historical factoid on Twitter– that on Memorial Day of 1927, Trump’s father was arrested at a KKK rally in Queens, NY.

As both Snopes and The Washington Post have noted, it’s unclear whether or not Fred C. Trump, the president’s father, was a member of the Klan. What is known, according to a New York Times article about clashes between the Klan and New York City’s “Catholic” police force, was that Trump’s father was arrested and released by police in relation to the march.

“Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Road, Jamaica, was discharged,” the 1927 article said, referring to the known address of Trump’s father in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens.

According to the Post, a flyer passed around the neighborhood ahead of the Klan rally described the need for the rally.

“The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that ‘Native-born Protestant Americans’ were being “assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City,’” Post reporter Philip Bump wrote in February 2016. “‘Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon,’ it continued, ‘when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.’”

When the reports of his father’s arrest at the 1927 Klan march re-surfaced in 2015, Trump denied all claims that his father was involved.

“He was never arrested,” Trump told the Daily Mail. “He has nothing to do with this.”