White nationalism

Posted by Tom Camfield

The other day, a gunman slaughtered 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand. Hatred for “invaders” was proclaimed in a white-power manifesto accompanying livestream of the murders on Facebook. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued an official response, saying, “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch.” And, of course, she provided New Zealanders with the same assistance that has so often been extended to American victims in similar mass-murders: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

Donald later got around to following up with a tweet providing “My warmest sympathy and best wishes” because apparently someone told him not to say again the hackneyed “thoughts and prayers.” But what was the tweet that Trump delivered just before that one? While the shooting was underway, Trump was tweeting out a link to the nationalist outlet Breitbart (deleted by the White House immediately after the shooting). In his chat with the Breitbart News Network, Trump said: "I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” That seems to translate (same old GOP fear factor) to “Be afraid; be very afraid.” I don’t think I’ll buy that, thank you, Donald. You’re not truly Mr. Tough Guy, not by a long shot. You’re just another insecure bully.

Before that was a tweet about how he was looking forward to vetoing the repeal of his emergency declaration so he could stop “Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking” from flowing into the United States. In other words … keep out the invaders.

As part of the manifesto rant, the live-streaming shooter called Donald Trump a “symbol of white identity and common purpose." 

Donald will have a hard time dismissing this media coverage as “fake news”—just as he has with other racially-inspired assaults during his campaign and two years in office. I drew basic features of the following from https://theintercept.com/2018/10/27/here-is-a-list-of-far-right-attackers-trump-inspired-cesar-sayoc-wasnt-the-first-and-wont-be-the-last/ (writer Mehdi Hasan)

On Aug. 19, 2015, Scott Leader, 38, and his brother, Steve Leader, 30, attacked a homeless man in Boston who they wrongly believed to be an undocumented immigrant. “Donald Trump was right,” they told police, after beating the man with a metal pipe and then urinating on him. “All these illegals need to be deported.” Trump’s response? He eventually called it a “terrible” incident, but only after an earlier statement to reporters in which the then-candidate referred to his supporters as “very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.”

On Oct. 14, 2016, the FBI arrested three men — Patrick Eugene Stein, Curtis Allen, and Gavin Wright — for plotting a series of bomb attacks against the Somali-American community of Garden City, Kansas. Calling themselves “the Crusaders,” they had planned to launch, on the day after the November 2016 presidential election, what The Guardian said “could have been the deadliest domestic terror attack since the Oklahoma bombing in 1995.”

Two of these three men were open supporters of Trump and were obsessed with anti-Muslim, anti-refugee conspiracy theories. For Stein, according to a profile in New York magazine, Trump was “the Man.” Allen wrote on Facebook: “I personally back Donald Trump.” The trio even asked a federal judge to boost the number of pro-Trump jurors at their trial (at which they were found guilty of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and of conspiring against rights).

On the evening of Jan. 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire on worshippers at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City, Canada, killing six of them and wounding 19. Bisonnette, 27, was obsessed with Trump: He searched for the president on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube more than 800 times between January 1, 2017, and the day of the shooting. In his police interrogation video, Bissonnette can be heard telling officers that he decided to attack the mosque after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message of welcome to refugees in the wake of the U.S. president’s travel ban — which was issued two days before the mosque attack. Trump’s response? He has never publicly mentioned the shooting, the killer, or the six dead Muslims.

In March 2018, three alleged members of a far-right militia — Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter, and Joe Morris — were charged in connection with the August 5, 2017, bombing of the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. McWhorter is alleged to have told an FBI agent that the attack was an attempt “to scare” Muslims “out of the country.”

Back in 2017, Hari, who owns a security company, submitted a $10 billion proposal to build Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “We would look at the wall as not just a physical barrier to immigration but also as a symbol of the American determination to defend our culture, our language, our heritage, from any outsiders,” Hari said. Sound familiar?

On Aug. 12, 2017, a car crashed into a crowd of people protesting a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The alleged driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., has been charged with, among other crimes, hit-and-run and first-degree murder. Fields, according to a former middle school classmate, enjoyed drawing swastikas and talked about “loving Hitler.” The registered Republican, according to a former high school teacher, also adored Trump. In an interview with the Associated Press, the former teacher said Fields was a big Trump supporter because of what he believed to be Trump’s views on race. “Trump’s proposal to build a border wall with Mexico was particularly appealing to Fields.”

This Charlottesville disaster featured a large neo-Nazi presence, complete with swastikas, anti-Jewish chants and the severe beating of a young black man with clubs. Donald later said that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the affair.

“To pretend that the president has nothing to do with these violent criminals or their violent crimes is absurd . . . The president may not be pulling the trigger or planting the bomb, but he is enabling much of the hatred behind those acts. He is giving aid and comfort to angry white men by offering them clear targets.”—Mehdi Asan

Trump-related factors in this sort of discussion are highlighted by his Muslim travel ban, his negative stereotyping of Hispanics, his border wall, his reference to “s—hole” countries, support of Fox News bigots, reluctance to criticize the KKK, ad infinitum. All manner of events belie his claim that white nationalism is not on the rise world-wide, despite overwhelming evidence that it is—with he himself as a prominent standard-bearer.

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Justin Hale

So in Toms mind one person can destroy our democracy and everything it stands for,,,,you don't have a lot of faith in the vigor of our democracy do you Tom.

No matter how Trump responded to the event in N.Z. you would find fault with it, so Blah,Blah,Blah, I hate Trump, so what's new?

Isn't the "Muslim travel ban" the same one that Obama created?

Trump tells the truth about those entering our country illegally, and you call it " negative stereotyping of Hispanics"..... Are you going to deny that illegal drugs, sex slaves, and criminals are being brought into our country by illegals?

Tuesday, March 19
Tom Camfield

"True tells the truth . . . " Whoa! Stop right there, Justin.

Wednesday, March 20
Tom Camfield

Damn! This presumptuous upgraded spell-check got me again. That was supposed to read: "Trump tells the truth . . . " And my observation to stop there, suggesting that all that follows such a claim is totally meaningless.

Wednesday, March 20
Tom Camfield

I do believe that "inaction is the handmaiden of evil." The whole matter of the nature/character of Donald Trump and what should be said/done about him calls to my mind the observations of outstanding individuals preceding him in history and who spoke from a stature he will never achieve by his mere self-aggrandizing boasting.

— Edmund Burke (1729-1797, Irish statesman and political statesman): "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1828, an author of our Constitution): "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for men of good conscience to remain silent."

— John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, philosopher and political economist): "The most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century”) " Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."

— Wole Soyinka (b. 1934, Nigerian playwright, poet, essayist, Nobel Prize winner in Literature): "The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny." Members of Donald's white-nationalist base will dismiss this guy out of hand. of course. He's Black."

Thursday, March 21
Justin Hale

So with your Trump blinders on you avoid the obvious truth that some bad people are in our country illegally. Just yesterday we find that a Kittitas County sheriff was killed by an illegal, the notorious MS-13 gang's founder was an illegal, with multiple extraditions out of the country.

So President Trump says that among the illegals crossing our borders there are criminals, some bad Hombres and you have the gall to say that he didn't speak the truth?

Thanks for those notable quotes, maybe that's why I take issue with most of your anti-Trump blogs.

And Yes, spellcheckm can be a pain in the as sometines .

Friday, March 22
Tom Camfield

Well now, Justin. Donald describes human nature as if it varies greatly by skin color. But take a thousand suffering refugees, some resorting to illegal entry into our sacrosanct neighborhood, and a thousand established Americans, including the usual malcontents looking for scapegoats, racist ones if handy. Of course there is a percentage of violent criminals in each group. Statistics say that the crime rate is higher among our established at-home people. That is not "fake news." You're more apt to be shot dead by a psychotic white guy than some Hispanic looking to improve his way of life—and willing to work like hell to get it.

One death now and then at then hands of an illegal does not compare to the daily mass shootings going on as an every-day thing around the country. Anyone of altruistic intelligence should not be swayed by that sort of unreasonable association.

Illegals are not immediately murderous misfits madly seeking to rape and pillage and in no way should be viewed as automatic examples of such by the promoters of white tribalism.

Saturday, March 23
Justin Hale

"Donald describes human nature as if it varies greatly by skin color.".....Really? can you cite a few examples?

"Of course there is a percentage of violent criminals in each group" .....That's a weak-kneed way

of admitting that Trump was speaking the truth when he said that there are violent criminals coming across our southern border.

"You're more apt to be shot dead by a psychotic white guy than some Hispanic looking to improve his way of life"..... Do you really think that is a good argument for supporting illegal immigration? I'm sure the family of the sheriff that an illegal killed the other day will take solace in that.

"Illegals are not immediately murderous misfits madly seeking to rape and pillage and in no way should be viewed as automatic examples of such by the promoters of white tribalism.".....Some are and some are not, but the fact remains that everyone who voluntarily enters our country illegally is a person who has no respect for our laws, and in my opinion is not someone I want in our country. Why do you condone illegal immigration Tom?

Saturday, March 23
Tom Camfield

Donald's reference to 's—hole countries" is a pretty good example, Justin.

It's not so much that I "condone" illegal immigration, Justin; it's more that I DON'T condone cruel and inhuman punishment. I prefer sanctuary rather than ripping a child from its mother's arms. It's inhuman to respond to hope and desperation with just plain autocratic meanness. And no, there's no way Donald can justify that by preaching fear and division,

Sunday, March 31