aside GOP And Evangelicals Knew Full Well Who They Were Supporting To Become US President

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The following post was published in September 2016 but it was very prescient of recent events in August 2017, almost a year, later. But it is also a reminder that the GOP and the vast majority of Evangelicals were fully cognizant of who they were propping up to become the next US president.

After the weekend of August 12, 2017, the republican President Donald Trump has buoyed the white nationalist movement as no president has done in generations when he equated activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va. These events have forced those who voted for him to come to terms with the facts, that they supported a man who condones racism and that the USA is not a post-racist country.

Incidentally, in the article, the name of Richard Spencer is mentioned. His buddy, Stephen Miller is a senior adviser to our US president. Steve Bannon who is also mentioned, has been serving as the president’s chief strategist.

Image result for photos of richard spencerHere’s the rest of the story…

On September 17, 2016, The Economist published the following report, “Trump and the Alt-RightPepe and the stormtroopers.”

Excerpts:

How Donald Trump ushered a hateful fringe movement into the mainstream

“First, an apology, or rather a regret: The Economist would prefer not to advertise the rantings of racists and cranks. Unfortunately, and somewhat astonishingly, the Alt-Right—the misleading name for a ragtag but consistently repulsive movement that hitherto has flourished only on the internet—has insinuated itself, unignorably, into American politics. That grim achievement points to the reverse sway now held by the margins, of both ideology and the media, over the mainstream. It also reflects the indiscriminate cynicism of Donald Trump’s campaign.”

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“Much of the Alt-Right’s output will seem indecipherably weird to those unfamiliar with the darker penumbras of popular culture. It has its own iconography and vernacular, derived from message boards, video games and pornography. Its signature insult is “cuckservative”, directed at Republicans supposedly emasculated by liberalism and money. Its favorite avatar is Pepe the frog, a cartoon-strip creature co-opted into offensive scenarios; one Pepe image was reposted this week by Donald Trump junior and Roger Stone, a leading Trumpista, the latest example of the candidate’s supporters, and the man himself, circulating the Alt-Right’s (White supremacists) memes and hoax statistics. Its contribution to typography is the triple parentheses, placed around names to identify them as Jewish.”

“To most Americans, the purposes to which these gimmicks are put will seem as outlandish as the lexicon. One of the Alt-Right’s pastimes is to intimidate adversaries with photoshopped pictures of concentration camps; a popular Alt-Right podcast is called “The Daily Shoah”. To their defenders, such outrages are either justified by their shock value or valiantly transgressive pranks. Jokes about ovens, lampshades and gas chambers: what larks!”

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“Jared Taylor of American Renaissance, an extremist website, dismisses these antics as “youthful rebellion”. (Mr Taylor is involved with the Council of Conservative Citizens, which Dylann Roof cited as an inspiration for his racist massacre in Charleston last year.) But the substance behind the sulphur can seem difficult to pin down. The term Alt-Right, reputedly coined in 2008 by Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute, a bogus think-tank, encompasses views from libertarianism to paleoconservatism and onwards to the edges of pseudo-intellectual claptrap and the English language. Many Alt-Righters demonise Jews, but a few do not. Some, such as Brad Griffin of Occidental Dissent, another website, think “democracy can become a tool of oppression”, and that monarchy or dictatorship might be better; others, such as Mr Taylor, disagree. Some are techno-futurists; others espouse a kind of agrarian nostalgia. Many mourn the Confederacy. Mr Griffin thinks that, even today, North and South should separate.”

“Yet from the quack ideologues to the out-and-proud neo-Nazis, some Alt-Right tenets are clear and constant. It repudiates feminism with misogynistic gusto. It embraces isolationism and protectionism. Above all, it champions white nationalism, or a neo-segregationist “race realism”, giving apocalyptic warning of an impending “white genocide”. Which, of course, is really just old-fashioned white supremacism in skimpy camouflage.”

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“That is why the term Alt (short for “alternative”) Right is misleading. Mr Taylor—whom Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a watchdog, describes as the movement’s “intellectual leader”—says it represents an alternative to “egalitarian orthodoxy and to neutered ‘conservatives’.” That characterization elevates a racist fixation into a coherent platform. And, if the Alt-Right is not a viable political right, nor, in the scope of American history, is it really an alternative. Rather it is the latest iteration in an old, poisonous strain of American thought, albeit with new enemies, such as Muslims, enlisted alongside the old ones. “Fifty years ago these people were burning crosses,” says Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, a venerable anti-racist group. “Today they’re burning up Twitter.”

“Probably the best that can be said for the Alt-Right is that its mostly youngish adherents are naive: unaware that 21st-century America is not the worst society the world has ever conjured, and so prime exemplars of the pampered modernity they denounce. Their numbers are hard to gauge, since they mostly operate online and, as with most internet bullies, anonymously: like dissidents in the Soviet Union they must, Mr Taylor insists, for fear of punishment. As with pornographers, though, the web has let them forge like-minded communities and propagate their ideas, as well as harass critics and opponents (particularly those thought to be Jewish). Online, they have achieved sufficient density to warrant wider attention. There, too, they and Mr Trump found each other.”

Deconstructing Bannon. (Cavna’s Canvas 2017)

“The association precedes Mr Trump’s hiring as his campaign manager of Stephen Bannon, former boss of Breitbart News, a reactionary news website that Mr Bannon reportedly described as “the platform for the Alt-Right”, and which has covered the movement favorably. Already Mr Trump had echoed the Alt-Right’s views on Muslims, immigration, trade and, indeed, Vladimir Putin, whom Alt-Righters ludicrously admire for his supposed pursuit of Russia’s national interest. Pressed about these shared prejudices (and tweets), Mr Trump has denied knowing what the Alt-Right is, even that it exists—unable, as usual, to disavow any support, however cretinous, or to apply a moral filter to his alliances or tactics.”

“This is not to say he created or leads it, much as Alt-Right activists lionise his strongman style. Mr Taylor says Mr Trump seems to have “nationalistic instincts that have led him to stumble onto an immigration policy that is congruent with Alt-Right ideas”, but that “we are supporting him, not the reverse.” Breitbart, Alt-Righters say, is merely Alt-Lite. The true relationship may be more a correlation than causal: Mr Trump’s rise and the Alt-Right were both cultivated by the kamikaze anti-elitism of the Tea Party, rampant conspiracy theories and demographic shifts that disconcert some white Americans.”

“Unquestionably, however, Mr Trump has bestowed on this excrescence a scarcely dreamed-of prominence. Because of Mr Trump, the Alt-Right thinks it is on the verge of entering American politics as an equal-terms participant. “He is a bulldozer who is destroying our traditional enemy,” says Mr Griffin.”

7 comments

  1. Gronda, as you have pointed out, Bannon admitted to taking advantage of this hateful voter base – he called them clowns to the most recent reporter, but he has called them other derogatory names to another whom he has often called up to chat. The other reporter said Bannon knows these calls are on the record.

    We have said Trump takes advantage of people based on what his many biographers have said and observed last year that Trump was lying to this base of hateful voters.

    Truth be told, he has lied to every base (this man is about as far from an Evangelical as you can get), so he is a man of little conviction or morals. His blow up at the press conference was off the cuff, but revealed his need to side with his hateful base as very few others are giving him love. And, if you want Trump to act in your favor, you need to stroke his ego. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I haven’t a clue as to why Steve Bannon has been talking to reporters, lately. I have long suspected that he is the White House’s number one leaker.

      I wonder if he is getting his pound of flesh before he is forced to go elsewhere.

      As per a 12/14/16 Mother Jones article, “The announcement of Stephen Miller’s new role drew praise from white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. “Stephen is a highly competent and tough individual,” Spencer, who famously coined the term “alt-right” to describe the insurgent right-wing movement that has attracted white nationalists and supremacists, told Mother Jones on Wednesday. “So I have no doubt that he will do a great job.”

      “Spencer and Miller first came to know each other in the late 2000s as students at Duke University, where they both belonged to the Duke Conservative Union. Miller earned notice for standing up for white lacrosse players falsely accused in 2006 of gang raping a black woman. Spencer also defended the Duke lacrosse players, writing about the case for Pat Buchanan’s American Conservative, which later hired him as an editor.”

      “Spencer told me that at Duke, Miller helped him with fundraising and promotion for an on-campus debate on immigration policy that Spencer organized in 2007, featuring influential white nationalist Peter Brimelow. Another former member of the Duke Conservative Union confirms that Miller and Spencer worked together on the event. At DCU meetings, according to a past president of the group, Miller denounced multiculturalism and expressed concerns that immigrants from non-European countries were not assimilating.”

      “I knew [Miller] very well when I was at Duke,” Spencer told me when I visited him at his home in Whitefish, Montana, a few weeks before the election. “But I am kind of glad no one’s talked about this, because I don’t want to harm Trump.”

      “Miller wrote about two dozen columns for the Duke Chronicle, and his articles assailed multiculturalism (which he called “segregation”) and paid family leave (which he said results in men getting laid off). He also denied there was systematic racism (which he dubbed “racial paranoia”).”

      • Gronda, I remember the Duke lacrosse case well. Duke students who knew the Duke players said this about them in news articles – they may not be guilty of rape, but they are certainly guilty of being “racist assholes.” In court testimony, it was confirmed that several players made derogatory statements toward the alleged victim. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          With this record, Stephen Miller will always have a hard time to downplay or hide from his White supremacist bona fides. By now, you probably have heard that Steve Bannon is finally leaving.the WH.

          You know that song…”The wicked witch is dead.”

          Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Roger,

    I have been doing a happy dance. The biggest (literally) bully/ racist in the White House, Steve Bannon, is leaving today. The tide is turning. What is really great news is that he will MOST LIKELY put the screws to DDT.

    Hugs, Gronda

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