3 trials and one frightening future

One of the most potent political forces in the U.S. is “white male anger” which has Americans looking over the shoulders and living in fear of what comes next.

Linking together the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse — who was found not guilty in the killing of two Black Lives Matter protesters — with the Ahmaud Arbery trial in Georgia and the civil case against the organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, it’s pretty obvious, there is nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.

It’s not the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’. Nor is it the brown immigrant or the fiery Black Lives Matter protester, or whatever the latest bogeyman is that some politician tells us we should dread. It’s encountering an armed White man in public who has been inspired by the White men on trial in these three cases,”.

There is nothing inherently violent about White men, or any human being, but recent events should not only give everyone pause but should lead the country to ask how we reached the point again that White men feel as if they can rule and brutalize without consequence.

With America’s history of brutality, and now with the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6th by supporters of Donald Trump — the problem is growing worse instead of getting better.

Talking about assaulting and killing political enemies has become so normal — and seemingly acceptable — in conservative circles today that a White man felt comfortable enough to ask a right-wing activist at a public forum in Idaho last month: “When do we get to use the guns?” … “How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”

The US has enough problems with White male violence as it is. Mass shootings in the US are committed more often by White men than by any other group. Top law enforcement officials now say the nation’s biggest domestic terror threat comes from White supremacists. Many of the most indelible news images of recent years include angry, red-faced White men, often armed with guns.”

Look at these three trials, because they point to one frightening future. This is what that future looks like: More angry White men emboldened by “stand your ground” and citizen’s arrest laws, inspired by a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment. And more dead Americans.

Edited from a story by CNN analyst John Blake

McConnell McCarthy and the seditious cowardly republicans

McConnell McCarthy with their “dear leader”

The cowardly Republicans’ constantly keep shifting explanations for why they don’t support the Capitol riot commission, it obvious there must be a deeper and far more sinister reason the party can’t get behind it, ignoring the fact that the Democrats gave them just about everything they asked for. The Democrats even included a questionable a power-sharing arrangement under which the GOP would have had a virtual veto power over subpoenas. The GOP would have had equal representation on the 10-member panel, as well as a say in any subpoenas it might issue. They could have obstructed to their hearts content.

These chicken shit Republicans just quake at the thought of doing anything that might cause Mt. Trump to get mad.  The more sinister reason to explain why they appear unconcerned about paying a political price for failing to acknowledge what happened on Jan. 6, is that a large portion of the GOP’s Trumpian base actually believe that the violent mob was justified in its effort to try and stop Congress as it conducted its certification of the electoral votes that made Joe Biden President.

A poll released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core shows that these dangerous and conspiratorial beliefs are not just limited to the red state’s inbred backwaters. A shocking 20 percent of more than 5,500 adults questioned in all 50 states — and 28 percent of Republicans among them — said they agreed with the statement that ‘there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders.’ The most alarming is that 15 percent overall and, 28 percent of Republicans, think that because “things have gotten so off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”

This is all completely on brand with the QAnon conspiracy theory, right down to the idea of “the storm” where Trump overthrows a shadowy cabal of demonic pedophiles ruling the country and declares martial law. What Republicans said with their cowardly and seditious vote on Friday is that they would rather encourage this thinking to grow within their base, and assume that it works to their political advantage, than to stand up a rebuke it as sedition, which it is.

edited from Raw Story

A guy that likes to wear a hood doesn’t want you to wear a mask

On Monday, that little white weeny Tucker Carlson took his crazy ass rants way into extreme territory. Carlson railed against the mandates of wearing masks at all, saying there is “no scientific justification for any mask mandate anywhere” and calling them “signifiers of shame and submission.”
Carlson said that when people see others wear masks outdoors, they should ask “politely but firmly” to take them off.
Don’t even waste your time thinking about this dumbass suggestion. We can tell you now the proper response to that is “MIND YOUR OWN FUCKIN’ BUSINESS”

Trump Cult Dead-enders just can’t deal with it

The Trump cult “dead enders” will never accept that their beloved ruler lost his re-election bid because they are not psychologically capable of letting go of their deeply held beliefs.

Trump has spent the last four years distorting reality to serve his own ends and his rabid followers have lapped up his lies because they comport with their own beliefs and cognitive dissonance rules their world.

It seems to us that most human beings will do just about anything to resolve contradictions between thier deeply held beliefs about the world and the reality of the world itself. Cognitive dissonance is so unpleasant, so disordering and catastrophic for the ego, that no amount of absurd, tortured reasoning is worse than reality contradicting a deeply held belief.  All of us try to resolve cognitive dissonance, but the Trump Cult has been a years-long exercise in it. Election denial is its latest manifestation. But before that came COVID denial, science denial, climate denial, ‘alternative facts,’ the inability of Trump’s most devoted fans to see him for the obvious con man that he is, and, at the movement’s very core, denial of the social and demographic changes that are transforming America.

Supporters of Trump who have been buffeted by reality are increasingly reaching for even more far-fetched conspiracy theories which helped along groups like QAnon.

Cognitive dissonance is also a primary reason that people resort to conspiracy theories, which Trumpworld increasingly resembles, not only in fringe manifestations like QAnon but in the allegation of widespread fraud in the presidential election, which, of course, has no factual basis whatsoever and is, at this point, simply a conspiracy theory writ large,” he explained. “In this light, QAnon isn’t some weird, fringe phenomenon with no connection to populist politics. It’s a logical extension of the populist worldview. If ‘the people’ are actually the majority, then a sinister minority—Jews, ‘coastal elites’, the media, the Satanic pedophiles, whoever—is actually in control. It’s a short jump from that to full-blown conspiracy madness. And when the anointed messenger of ‘the people’ turns out to be a buffoon chiefly interested in his own enrichment, well, that must all be a ruse. Or a media conspiracy. Or whatever.”

Edited from Jay Michaelson column in the Daily Beast

Bloody hands on stolen lands, Racist covidiot Trump’s rally for hate

It’s Lakota land….as long as the grass grows, the water flows and the sun shines…..or greedy white people want it

A group of mainly Native American protesters blocked the road leading up to Mount Rushmore for three hours before dictator oligarch Trump gave a speech at the national monument Friday night.

When they refused to disband, the protesters faced off with the South Dakota National Guard, which shot close-range shells at their feet and sprayed some protesters with pepper spray, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Many of the protesters who refused to leave the road were arrested.

Covidiot Trump went on to give a racist inflamitory speech at Mount Rushmore, saying the country was under siege by “far-left” fascists waging “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

The Black Hills, where Mount Rushmore is located, is a sacred area for local Native Americans, and a contested space. The Supreme Court in 1980 ruled that the United States had illegally taken the land from the Sioux tribe in a deal brokered in 1873.  The desecration of this site was completed in 1941 with Mount Rushmore carvings.

Jeff Ostler, a historian at the University of Oregon, maintains that the federal government had offered the Sioux people a settlement of what is now worth $1 billion for taking the land. The tribe has refused, saying they will only accept their land back.

Many of the protesters held signs reading “Protect SoDak’s First People,” “You Are On Stolen Land,” and “Dismantle White Supremacy,”

Hehakaho Waste, a spiritual elder with the Oglala Sioux tribe, said: “(Trump) needs to open his eyes. We’re people, too, and it was our land first.”

50 Years After Mount Rushmore Occupation, Native Americans Are ‘Still Fighting

Native American groups protested Trump’s Fourth of July campaign rally at Mount Rushmore on Friday, and some are calling for the removal of the national monument.

Fifty years ago this summer, the sounds of protest were also ringing through the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 1970, a group of Native American activists scaled Mount Rushmore and occupied it for months to demand the land be returned to the Sioux.

Lehman Brightman, a Sioux activist and history professor, was one of those original organizers. His son, Quanah Parker Brightman, is now executive director of United Native Americans. He says it was “inspiring” to hear his father tell him stories about the occupation when he was still alive.

“That was the first Sioux Indian uprising since [Gen. George Armstrong Custer], back in the 1800s,” Brightman says, “and to continue this history, to continue this resistance against these oppressors, to continue to fight for what is rightfully ours.”

The demonstration began when a group of Native Americans picketed at Mount Rushmore to demand the monument employ Native Americans. Brightman’s father was speaking about the atrocities committed by and during the presidencies of the men depicted on the mountain when his mic was cut off. “My father got extremely upset on the fact that they were denying him his First Amendment rights to speak,” Brightman says. “So he wrote out a press release and he said, ‘As of darkness, we’re going to take over and occupy Mount Rushmore.’ And it’s really beautiful that we did that for our nation.”

Brightman says he is particularly concerned about the environmental impact of Trump’s rally, which is set to include fireworks, which have been banned in the area for almost a decade.

The National Park Service found that a minimum of 27 wildfires had been started around Mount Rushmore during annual fireworks displays between 1998 and 2009, according to a 2017 document reported by the Washington Post. The park service also documented that past firework events have caused groundwater pollution.

“We’re very concerned about the safety of our water supply. We’re very concerned about the safety of the monument up there in regards to the surrounding area … the Black Hills,” Brightman says. “We’re worried about fire since this is fire season.”

The controversy over Trump’s rally puts a new spotlight on the decades-long fight by Native Americans to uphold the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty that designates Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills as part of “the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.”

That treaty and an earlier version of it signed in 1851, “guarantee the Lakota this land where Mount Rushmore sits as long as the grass grows, the water flows and the sun shines,” Brightman says.

Trump’s event also reaffirms the complicated history of the Independence Day holiday for Native Americans at a time when the country is undergoing a period of racial reckoning, Brightman says.

“Some people believe that the Fourth of July signifies America’s independence from the British colony, but we actually lost over one billion acres of land, and every inch of this land that we’re on here in North America is actually stained with Indian blood,” he says. “And it’s ridiculous that we’re still fighting. I’m fighting the same fight that my ancestors fought.”

 

sources: Business Insider, Here and Now, ABC News and AP

Donald Trump and his racist “Lost Cause”

By now it should be obvious to anyone paying attention that Donald Trump is one of the most notorious revisionists of any modern president, routinely authoring his own myths, lies and tall tales to counter the brutal reality of his incompetence, malevolence and despotism. It started from Day One, with his easily debunked insistence that his inauguration generated the largest audience in the history of audiences. His myth-making continues today with his whiny laments about his popularity backed with alleged “Democrat hoaxes” surrounding every one of his obvious crimes.

It’s no wonder, then, that Trump is a marketeer for the apocryphal “Lost Cause,” the toxic revisionist history that emerged in the decades following the Civil War and continues to flourish today. “History,” by the way, is used loosely here, given that the Lost Cause is nothing more than a series of dubiously manufactured myths — counterfactual propaganda designed to absolve southern whites of the sins that precipitated and fueled their separation from, and rebellion against, the United States in the name of preserving the right to own African slaves.

We can plainly observe the poison of the Lost Cause flowing through Trump’s blurts whenever he defends monuments to Confederate commanders, or when he defends the Confederate monikers for various U.S. Army bases. His most infamous defense of the “very fine people” who protested in support of the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, back in 2017, was torn directly from the Lost Cause playbook.

Additionally, the police violence we’re witnessing today, along with the arguments of those who defend it, has its roots in the Lost Cause as well. Indeed, so much of the racism that currently exists, 155 years after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, is manifested and justified by the myths of the Lost Cause.

Origins of the Lost Cause

In many ways, the Civil War was the prototype for 20th century-style warfare. The military technology that was developed immediately before and during the war vastly outpaced the archaic Napoleonic tactics used during the first several years of Civil War battles. The new rifled musket was capable of firing conical Minié ball rounds faster, farther and more accurately than the old spherical rounds, yet massed armies continued to march in long lines of battle, shoulder-to-shoulder, within close range of the other side, causing a bloodbath of unprecedented magnitude.

Photography, another relatively new technology at the time, would deliver the images of mangled casualties to the public for the first time, leaving no doubt as to the mind-blowing devastation of war. Likewise, nightmarishly awful trench warfare emerged in 1864 — a “dress rehearsal” for World War I, as historian Shelby Foote once described it — adding to the ugliness and carnage. The Victorian “picnic” at Bull Run in 1861 would quickly evolve into the apocalyptic trench combat of Spotsylvania Courthouse and Petersburg three years later.

After the war, while the task of reunifying the nation began to take shape, few observers and participants forgot about the grisly horror show that had occurred. (Contemporary historians suggest that around 750,000 men died in the war, a larger number than was understood at the time — and by far the largest body count of any war in American history.) Someone would have to pay for the carnage, Northerners commonly believed. From there, several schools of thought emerged about how best to handle reincorporating the former Confederate states back into the Union. Radical Reconstructionists wanted to punish the South, executing the perpetrators of secession and redefining the Southern way of life so that secession could never happen again. Others wanted a more moderate, or more conciliatory approach, including Abraham Lincoln and his ham-fisted (not to mention overtly racist) successor, Andrew Johnson.

While Northern politicians and Union generals engaged in shepherding the policies of Reconstruction, authors, journalists and special interest groups sympathetic to the South began work on the reunification of hearts and minds: This was what would eventually emerge as the Lost Cause, a term first coined by Southern author Edward Pollard in 1866. In other words, revisionist historians began to address the task of reunifying white people of the North and white people of the South following so much brutality, with a clear motivation to exonerate southern whites.

The myths of the Lost Cause

While Northern politicians and Union generals engaged in shepherding the policies of Reconstruction, authors, journalists and special interest groups sympathetic to the South began work on the reunification of hearts and minds: This was what would eventually emerge as the Lost Cause, a term first coined by Southern author Edward Pollard in 1866. In other words, revisionist historians began to address the task of reunifying white people of the North and white people of the South following so much brutality, with a clear motivation to exonerate southern whites.

The central thrust of the Lost Cause was to reframe the animators of secession — Southern landowners and politicians, along with the insurgents who formed the Confederate military — as having fought for the more “noble” cause of Southern states’ rights. The goal was to erase slavery as the obvious and express intention of secession, even though the preservation of slavery is clearly enumerated in the Confederate constitution.

When Donald Trump defended the names of U.S. military bases named for rebel generals, he borrowed directly from the Lost Cause mythology: “These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.” The Lost Cause was all about rebranding traitors and racists as having fought bravely for ideals like “heritage,” “freedom” and “nobility.”

Again, this entirely counterfactual, transforming greedy villains who were responsible for the subjugation of African Americans and the deaths of hundreds of thousands, into kinder, gentler souls who were only interested in defending their cultural heritage and the absolutist interpretation of the 10th Amendment. It’s not exactly a shock to learn that Trump and other Republican leaders subscribe to this “cultural heritage” fiction.

As bad as all that sounds, the subsequent myths of the Lost Cause are far more sinister and inexcusable.

One of the most dominant prongs of the Lost Cause was the characterization of Blacks as a common enemy of both northern and southern whites. Mythologists believed that if white people were fighting Black people, then white people wouldn’t fight each other again. The goal of smearing African Americans as the enemy of white America involved the whole-cloth fabrication of cultural myths about African Americans, emerging at the dawn of the 20th century and beyond. Architects of the mythology felt that Black people didn’t possess a cultural identity and therefore identities could be entirely invented for them by white supremacists.

Prime movers of the Lost Cause taught, therefore, that slaves actually liked being slaves, and were treated better than some whites. Likewise, the myth of Black Confederates, fighting willingly alongside their owners, emerged from similar sources. (In reality, while thousands of Black men accompanied their masters into the Confederate army, they were “camp slaves,” not soldiers. There is no reliable evidence that any Black people, free or enslaved, voluntarily fought for the rebel cause.)

Publications and, later, films would portray Black men as unpredictable thieves or as lazy and shiftless “takers,” as well as wanton rapists and subjugators of white people.

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent classic “Birth of a Nation” is the best known cinematic example of Lost Cause myth-making, though other silent films of the early 20th century were arguably more insulting, with titles and plots too horrendous to publish here.

The white protagonist of “Birth of a Nation,” fictional Confederate veteran Ben Cameron, invents the Ku Klux Klan to take back his southern heritage. Cameron’s KKK is portrayed as an avenging army of swashbuckling heroes who swarm to the rescue of a white woman being surrounded in her cabin by a platoon of lascivious Black soldiers. Naturally, these soldiers are played by white actors in blackface who behave in offensively stereotypical ways.

Black Union soldiers, meanwhile, are shown suppressing and intimidating white voters during Reconstruction. In one scene, several bayonet-wielding Black men disenfranchise white voters at a polling place. Black politicians, including the Silas Lynch character, are unanimously elected to the state legislature via the intimidation of white citizens at the hands of Black troops. The all-Black legislature then goes on to pass laws that strip white people of their right to vote. The politicians, meanwhile, ogle and harass white women in the street, but only when they aren’t getting drunk and eating chicken legs.

Given the pernicious vilification of Blacks during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it’s no surprise that in the United States between 1882 and 1968, white people lynched more than 4,400 African-Americans, in large part based on racial resentments and prejudices driven by the fiction of the Lost Cause.

Similarly, the epidemic of police violence against Blacks also has its roots in the Lost Cause.

In addition to the perpetuation of racist stereotypes, these myths were heavily borrowed to justify Jim Crow laws, which were specifically designed to oppress Southern Blacks. In Douglas Blackmon’s groundbreaking 2009 book, “Slavery by Another Name,” the author documents the symbiosis between Jim Crow laws, law enforcement and “neo-slavery” that lasted well into the 1940s and beyond. Blackmon detailed how nonsense laws against things like “vagrancy” were used to supply backwoods plantations and mines with slave labor. In the Jim Crow South, cops would arrest Black men for, in one example, not carrying proof of employment, then hustle them through kangaroo courts and eventually disappear them into a new and supposedly legal form of slavery in which many African-Americans were worked to death. The practice survived until Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the FBI to shut it down at the outset of World War II, yet forms of slave labor continue to exist within the modern prison-industrial complex today.

Blackmon’s stories of “vagrancy” arrests and the like also call to mind the atrocious “papers, please” policy enacted by Arizona’s SB 1070 law in 2010. (It was partially, but not entirely, struck down by the Supreme Court two years later.)

The Lost Cause in the modern era

The modern Republican “Southern strategy” has been all about exploiting Lost Cause myths to scare white people into voting for GOP candidates. The Reagan-era notion of “welfare queens” played up the “lazy and shiftless” stereotypes of the Lost Cause. The “makers and takers” slogan is a less overt iteration of the same thing.

The so-called “war on drugs” turned out to be just another excuse to lock up African Americans. Blacks arrested for possessing crack cocaine, for example, ended up serving longer prison sentences than whites arrested for possessing the same quantity of powder cocaine.

In 1988, Republican political strategist Lee Atwater, along with George H.W. Bush’s media consultant, future Fox News founder Roger Ailes, devised the infamous Willie Horton commercial in order to scare white people into voting against Michael Dukakis. Two years later, the late Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina rolled out his famous “white hands” commercial, which cautioned white people that affirmative action would allow black people to take their jobs.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s “God damn America” video was exploited by Fox News and far-right media to scare white people into voting against Barack Obama, who had just about every Lost Cause trope catapulted at him throughout his two terms.

Fox News celebrities like Bill O’Reilly have routinely employed racist myths to attack the Obamas. O’Reilly once defended “the white power structure that controls America.” He also said about Michelle Obama, “I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels.”

Social media memes of Barack Obama dressed as a witch doctor or the Obamas as monkeys or the Obama-era White House lawn littered with watermelons were all pure turn-of-the-century Lost Cause stereotypes.

All told, the Lost Cause has been one of the most successful disinformation campaigns in world history. Its themes continue to be intrinsic to the white misperception of post-Civil War racial history, including Trump’s “heritage” defense of military base names, his defense of Charlottesville white supremacists, and his fetish for law enforcement violence. Likewise, his routine attacks against African-American journalists (e.g., Yamiche Alcindor of PBS and Don Lemon of CNN), athletes (e.g., former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick) and lawmakers (e.g., “Low IQ” Rep. Maxine Waters) invariably echo the stereotypes of the Lost Cause.

It’s no wonder Trump is a proud student of its fiction. The Lost Cause has been so completely absorbed by the confirmation bias of white racists that its lies have become inextricably bound to conventional wisdom, printed and distributed as legitimate history for way too long. This is why it’s been so difficult to shake loose, and it’s why there’s such a powerful movement now against police violence and the continued lionizing of Confederate insurgents. It’s taken more than a century to finally begin to pull down some of the literal monuments to the Lost Cause, as well as to successfully achieve bans against the Confederate battle flag.

We’re making progress now, but how many African Americans and other people of color have been stripped of their constitutional rights along the way? How many have suffered and died as a consequence of these fictitious justifications for American racism, especially for our history of secession and slavery? The white supremacist mythmakers believed they were keeping the (white) peace after four gruesome years of war, but all they were doing was rationalizing more death — not to mention injustice — at the hands of racist vigilante groups, cops, politicians, corporations and scores of white supremacist followers, all brainwashed by these 155-year-old lies passed off as “history” and “heritage.”

 

 

Raw Story Bob Cesca, Salon – Commentary

Recreational hate mongering or a fun Wednesday nite in Florida

Last night in Orlando Florida with the “proud boys in the house”, Tyrant Trump continued to throw gasoline into the fire of the bully crusade he leads. Once again attacking the free press and anyone who dare speak against him, he a screamed his denunciation of the news media, normal politics and what he called his “radical opponents”. He opened the next phase of his never-ending election campaign in front of a large crowd of raucous cult members by re-invoking the dark messaging and personal grievances that fueled his 2016 campaign.

Just about four years to the day since he announced his reality TV show run for public office from the basement of Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump again mocked and disparaged Democrats, calling them the leaders of an “angry, left-wing mob” and declaring falsely that the 2020 election will be a “verdict on the un-American conduct of those who tried to undermine our great democracy, undermine you.” When he knows very well that is a referendum on Trumpism.

He bragged about his so-called record— the growing economy (from Obama), the tax cuts and deregulation (which has basically screwed is core supporters) — but Trump did not offer any new policies or any kind of cohesive agenda for a second term that might expand his political appeal beyond his cult base. As he formally declared his intention to run again, he told his cult members that his new slogan would be “Keep America Great,” pledging to wage a relentless battle on behalf of his followers.

 “Our political opponents look down with hatred on our values and with utter disdain for the people whose lives they want to run,” Mr. Trump told a packed arena, later mocking Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president and a Democratic rival for the presidency, as “Sleepy Joe.”

Trump avoided mentioning any of the nearly two dozen Democrats competing for the right to challenge him, mentioning only Biden who he clearly wants to run against.

Standing in front of a sea of cultist wearing his signature red “Make America Great Again” hats, Trump ramped up a torrent of attacks, falsehoods, exaggerations and resentments that were right out of his first campaign and have been on almost daily display during his time in the White House. His warning for his voters: The establishment (anybody who’s not MAGA) will stop at nothing to rob you of another four years.

To win re-election, Mr. Trump must convince his supporters that he has not forgotten them despite having failed to make good on most of his important campaign promises.

Playing the pitiful victim again he whined and exaggerated “They tried to take away your dignity and your destiny. But we will never let them do that, will we?” the president said, declaring victory over a political machine that opposed his election. “They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign — probably the greatest election in the history of our country.”

Egged on by the enthusiastic crowd, poor poor pitiful Donald cited his familiar list of grievances during his speech. He railed against the so-called “witch hunt” conducted against him by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and the “18 very angry Democrats” who worked with Mr. Mueller. He insisted — falsely — that Mr. Mueller had cleared him of all wrongdoing in connection with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and of obstructing the investigation that followed.
Trump has remained fixated on his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her “33,000 emails,” once again prompting worn out chants of “lock her up!” “lock her up!”

Trump then started, ticking off a laundry list of his claimed so-called accomplishments on veterans’ health care, funding for the military, abandoning the Paris climate accords and defending gun rights. The frenzied crowd seemed to lose some of its passion during those moments. But Tyrant Trump whipped his cult up again by raising fears about immigrants, spending more time on the centerpiece of his bleak vision of a country under assault than on any other issue. As part of his usual schtick, he lashed out at the evil Democrats, saying they are to blame for the consequences of letting “aliens” into the country.

“The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible,” demigod Trump said, accusing Democrats of the “ultimate act of moral cowardice” for failing to defend Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He said the Democratic position on immigration was “the greatest betrayal of the American middle class and, frankly, American life.”

His decision to formally start his re-election bid in front of a frenzied crowd of die-hard cultists was a clear signal that he has no intention of backing away from his race bating on immigration and crazy ideas on trade. He made it clear that will escalate his personal attacks against his critics and the so-called establishment that have supercharged his most loyal cult members.

It’s clear that Tyrant Trump is betting that the 2020 campaign will be a kind of “Back to the Future” replay of 2016 one when a reality TV star and New York real estate scam artist campaigned as a disrupter with nothing to lose and shook the country to its core. This time, though, he will have the full support of “his” Republican Party.

Mr. Trump made no mention of his terrible poll numbers, preferring instead to display his trademark bravado. At the end of a speech that spoke almost exclusively to his cult base, Trump claimed to have the support of the whole nation behind him.

“We are going to keep on working,” Tyrant Trump vowed. “We are going to keep on fighting. And we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning.”

Doanld Trump Jr. was one of the warm-up acts and he did his best Barney Fife imitation. No, seriously you have hear it!

From NYT, Washington Post and TV coverage

Professor Michael Eric Dyson: This Is “White Supremacy By Ventriloquism”

Professor Michael Eric Dyson: Blacks Can Not Stand By Kanye West; This Is “White Supremacy By Ventriloquism”

Professor Michael Eric Dyson called the Donald Trump-Kanye West meeting an example of mass ignorance in the face of the downfall of democracy. Dyson also shook his head at the notion that Kanye could have brought Trump and Colin Kaepernick together. He went on to say that African-Americans can not stand by his comments and that they must intervene on his behalf.

Dyson also accused West of furthering white supremacy by giving “cover” to Trump and of being a puppet. He called West a ventriloquist dummy for white supremacists.

“This is time for us to say Kanye, we, as African-American people cannot stand idly by while you give cover to a man who is proved to be a white supremacist,” Dyson said.

“This is white supremacy by ventriloquism. A black mouth is moving but white racist ideals are flowing from Kanye West’s mouth.”

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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 AL.com 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.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/398195-alabama-based-league-of-the-south-launches-russian-language

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!