Opinion: Trump owns what is coming next

(AP)

In his comments Tuesday, President Trump claimed to know everything about what had happened in Charlottesville; he claimed to know more than almost anyone on the subject, especially his critics.

If that is true, then Trump must know that what happened in Charlottesville had little to do with peaceful protest or the preservation of Confederate heritage. He knows that it was in reality a major paramilitary exercise planned by armed neo-Nazis and white supremacists to test their numbers, organizing ability, strength and support. And he must know how thrilled they are at how the test run turned out.

As neo-Nazi leader Richard B. Spencer later bragged, “It was a huge moral victory, in terms of the show of force.”

“We’re showing to this parasitic class of anti-white vermin that this is our country, that this country was built by our forefathers and sustained by us. It’s going to remain our country,” as Robert Ray of the supremacist website The Daily Stormer¹ explained to Vice News. “I believe, as you can see, that we’re stepping out of the Internet in a big way. For instance, last night, at the torch walk, there were hundreds and hundreds of us. People realize that they are not atomized individuals, but they are part of a larger whole. We’ve been spreading our memes, we’ve been organizing on the Internet and now they’re coming out.”

“There will be more events. Soon,” The Daily Stormer promised later on its website. “We are going to start doing this nonstop. Across the country.”

Matthew Heimbach, another prominent neo-Nazi leader, was equally pleased.

“We achieved all of our objectives,” he said. “We showed that our movement is not just online, but growing physically. We asserted ourselves as the voice of white America. We had zero vehicles damaged, all our people accounted for, and moved a large amount of men and materials in and out of the area. I think we did an incredibly impressive job.”

Andrew Anglin, publisher of the Daily Stormer website. Banished by U.S. internet providers, it is now hosted out of Russia. (Wiki)

When Heimbach talks of his movement’s logistical success in moving “a large amount of … materials in and out of the area,” he is of course talking about weaponry. According to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the right-wing groups that descended upon Charlottesville had weapons caches hidden around the city, in apparent preparation for outright armed conflict. And if law enforcement in the city did not intervene more forcefully to stop the violence, the governor suggested, it was out of fear of setting off a firefight that it could not easily control, with great loss of life.

“You saw the militia walking down the street, you would have thought they were an army …,” McAuliffe said. “I was just talking to the State Police upstairs; [the militia members] had better equipment than our State Police had. And yet not a shot was fired.”

However, that absence of protection did not go unnoticed. Alan Zimmerman, president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, wrote afterward that he had requested police protection for worshipers at his synagogue but that no protection was provided. The congregation hired an armed guard, and after learning of Internet posts calling for the synagogue to be burned, it moved its Torahs to an off-site location.

Zimmerman wrote:

“For half an hour (during morning services Saturday), three men dressed in fatigues and armed with semi-automatic rifles stood across the street from the temple. Had they tried to enter, I don’t know what I could have done to stop them, but I couldn’t take my eyes off them, either. Perhaps the presence of our armed guard deterred them. Perhaps their presence was just a coincidence, and I’m paranoid. I don’t know.

Several times, parades of Nazis passed our building, shouting, “There’s the synagogue!” followed by chants of “Seig Heil” and other anti-Semitic language. Some carried flags with swastikas and other Nazi symbols….

When services ended, my heart broke as I advised congregants that it would be safer to leave the temple through the back entrance rather than through the front, and to please go in groups.

This is 2017 in the United States of America.”

Again, if we are to take Trump at his word, he knew all this Tuesday when he announced that after collecting all the facts, he believes that “both sides” are at fault, that there were “very fine people” on those two sides. He knew, and he said it anyway.

His claim of deep knowledge did have one exception, however: He claimed not to have known that longtime Klan leader David Duke had been in attendance at Charlottesville, helping to lead the campaign.

Duke, on the other hand, is very well aware of Trump and how he has handled the controversy.

“We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump; that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do,” Duke told reporters in Charlottesville on Saturday.

And since Trump’s comments on Tuesday, Duke has been almost ecstatic:

 

Matthew Heimbach

Heimbach, head of the neo-Nazi Traditional Workers Party, also said that he felt encouraged by Charlottesville and its aftermath.

“If the nationalist community can come together, stand together and fight together, that we are going to be unstoppable, that our rise, even just going back since I have been involved in this movement, it used to be a rally of 50 guys was very successful. Now we’re rallying 1,000, 1,500 people in the streets. Our movement is growing.”

It is incomprehensible to me that an American president cannot recognize the danger that such people represent, that he cannot bring himself to condemn such people and disavow their support.  He has been warned repeatedly about the effect that his words and statements might produce. He has been offered every opportunity to banish these people from those he considers his base.

With his silence, he makes himself complicit; after this performance, Trump is going to own any and all violence committed by the alt-right.

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¹The name “Daily Stormer” is a tribute to the Nazi Party’s viciously anti-Semitic house organ Der Stürmer.

“One must never forget the services rendered by Der Stürmer,” as Adolph Hitler said in 1942. “… Now that Jews are known for what they are, nobody any longer thinks that (Der Stürmer publisher Julius) Streicher libeled them.”

After the war, Streicher was tried at Nuremberg and hanged.

 

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huyiki
huyiki

 my friend's aunt makes 74 every hour from home.. she's been without work for 8 months but the previous month her pay was 13395 only working on the internet a couple of hours per day. check★═════════════★☆★www.decksky.com


otherview
otherview

The VA governor said weapons caches were found. The local police said that was not true

It appears Jay is repeating an erroneous claim. Like Trump's story about pig's blood on bullets, the truth is secondary to the story

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

"I have black friends.”

The notorious claim of a century of casual racists has become so cliché and transparent that most people now squelch the urge to say it. Apparently, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, did not get the memo.

Any who not sure if Cohen is condemning or supporting Trump based on his tweet. ?????

https://twitter.com/MichaelCohen212/status/897803706737074177

elgrunir
elgrunir

so... NICK DANGER...

If you have an earworm involving Los Angeles, you're being invited by the Light to become a Kings fan.

Just sayin'.

elgrunir
elgrunir

I promise it can be as dangerous as you want it to be!

Though, if you grew up in the shadow of the Orange Crush, it's tempting to be a Ducks fan.

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

elgrunir
elgrunir

Y'all are making me hungry.

Already mentioned McDonald's and whoppers downthread.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@elgrunir Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Jack in the Box, Arby's, Taco Bell. . .  

elgrunir
elgrunir

(fingers in ears)

Nyah Nyah Nyah.... ;)

elgrunir
elgrunir

Yeah, it's not far, but I'm trapped in the office until noon!

KUTGF
KUTGF

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte this week warned that he could order the shooting of human rights activists if he deems them guilty of “obstructing justice.”

Rappler reported that in remarks on Wednesday, Duterte opined that shooting activists could be a way to teach them what true human rights abuses looked like.
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Trump can praise him again I am sure!  I know some of our more disgusting RWers here will agree to shoot people they don't like.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@KUTGF "he could order the shooting of human rights activists


Yep, this is what a dictatorship looks like. 

Andy158
Andy158

The antithesis of everything they supposedly believe, and yet, according to a recent poll-

" on virtually every issue, Trump’s support among white evangelical Christians remains higher than other groups. They more than any other group are unmoved by the events of the past seven months. We’ll see if his embrace of neo-Nazis’ and white nationalists’ excuses makes any difference.  

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Andy158 Because if they dislike Trump they are told they love Hillary. 


And NOOOOOOO, they can't have that! 

King_of_Kolob
King_of_Kolob

Trump happy bag just ruptured from joy and elation. We haven't spoken about Russia in the past 6 days. Now the media will talk about Barcelona and not Nazis and racialists (h/t Ali G)

Kamchak
Kamchak

If there is one subject with no gray area for me it is NAZIs.

There is no -- but...anarchists!

There is no -- many sides are to blame.

There are no caveats.

If something is wrong and there are NAZIs involved, it is their fault, and their's alone.

gotalife
gotalife

"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." 

That is a whopper of a lie because we do repeat bad history of nixon and nazis.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Trump has got his mojo back, and is he ever happy!! Everyone is talking about him again!


Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Because I still have the earworm from below: 

Well the preacher kept right on saying that all I had to do was send
Ten dollars to the church of the Sacred Bleeding Heart Of Jesus
Located somewhere in Los Angeles, California
And next week they'd say my prayer on the radio
And all my dreams would come true
So I did, the next week, I got a prayer with a girl
Well, you know what kind of eyes she got, well I'll tell ya

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

I heard Trump is going to have a MAGA Nazi rally in Arizona next Tuesday. His Red Hats are going to be there.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

oh! oh!

Also, too, turns out BLM is racist and exclusionary because two little chapters asked for only people of color to attend some meetings, a couple years back. Which makes them just the same as KKK/Nazis, right?

Very enlightening.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Visual_Cortex  OMG.... McDonalds is just like the KKK.  They advertise that their offers are for "McDonalds customers only!"  

The GOP townhalls have been exclusionary for some... Invite only and only for GOP party people (which pretty much means white).

Let's get all these standards listed so we can see who qualifies.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Had some fun over at Kyle's Island of Lost Toys this morning.

I learned something though! apparently all the cop killings and colored folks torching "entire cities" is because BLM.

Andy158
Andy158

@Paul42 The lawyer is neither uneducated or unsophisticated. He is, however a bigot, and being neither of those former things, it leaves him no excuse.

gotalife
gotalife

Yes, keep your heads in the sand on our nazis.


When they surround you and bust open your heads with lead pipes like they do, you will know you were dead wrong.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@gotalife 

Lead pipes, hell.

These skid marks are carrying assault rifles.