Connect with us

THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

‘Trump Encourages Violence’ Is Trending on Twitter – Here’s Why

Published

on

The phrase “Trump encourages violence” is trending on Twitter as opinion pieces in Huffpost and The New York Times are going viral.

It Isn’t Complicated: Trump Encourages Violence,” penned by NY Times opinion columnist David Leonhardt, begins with this simple premise: “He doesn’t deserve blame for any specific attack. He does deserve blame for the increase in white-nationalist violence.”

Trump Encourages Violence From His Supporters. They’re Listening,” Senior Reporter Sebastian Murdock writes in Huffpost. He quotes the president’s infamous Charlottesville retort: “You have people who are very fine people on both sides.”

Both columns, of course, are in response to the disturbing remarks President Trump offered in an exclusive interview given in the Oval Office to none other than the far right/alt-right website Breitbart that for years was run by former Trump top advisor Steve Bannon.

Trump, in short, threatened violence from his supporters if he is not re-elected, and he did it in a very Trumpian way: a thinly-veiled suggestion that reads like a dog whistle to those who understand the hidden language of white supremacism and white nationalism.

“GOP leaders have largely ignored Trump’s repeated calls for violence,” Murdock observes in Huffpost. “After Trump claimed to have the might of the military on his side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stayed quiet. Sens. McConnell and John Cornyn (R-Texas), along with Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) did not respond to HuffPost’s requests asking if they would condemn Trump’s latest remarks,” he adds.

“This wasn’t the first time Trump had mused about violence, of course,” Leonhardt wrote in the Times. “He has talked about ‘Second Amendment people’ preventing the appointment of liberal judges. He’s encouraged police officers to bang suspects’ heads against car roofs. He has suggested his supporters ‘knock the hell’ out of hecklers. At a rally shortly before 2018 Election Day, he went on a similar riff about Bikers for Trump and the military.”

Leonhardt says he’s “well aware of the various see-no-evil attempts to excuse this behavior: That’s just how he talks. Don’t take him literally. Other Republicans are keeping him in check. His speeches and tweets don’t really matter.”

He pushes back, saying, “they do matter. The president’s continued encouragement of violence — and of white nationalism — is part of the reason that white-nationalist violence is increasing. Funny how that works.”

On Twitter, the two columns sparked a discussion. Take a look at some of the responses:

 

RELATED STORIES:

WHITE HOUSE AIDES SCRAMBLING TO DEAL WITH FALLOUT FROM TRUMP’S THINLY-VEILED THREAT OF VIOLENCE: REPORT

DICTIONARY.COM REVEALS SPIKE IN SEARCHES FOR THIS DISTURBING TERM AFTER TRUMP’S THINLY-VEILED THREAT OF VIOLENCE

‘THIS IS FASCISM’: CONCERN GROWS OVER TRUMP’S THREAT HE HAS ‘SUPPORT OF POLICE, MILITARY, BIKERS FOR TRUMP’

‘VIOLENCE IS THE ALMOST INEVITABLE ENDPOINT’: GOP STRATEGIST CHILLED BY TRUMP’S PUBLIC EMBRACE OF NATIONALISM

ALSO:

‘GO F*CKING COOK MY BURRITO, B*TCH’: TRUMP SUPPORTER SCREAMS DOWN TRUMP PROTESTOR (VIDEO)

‘HANG THE B*TCH!’ ‘F*G!’ ‘N*GGER!’: UNCENSORED RALLY VIDEOS EXPOSE DONALD TRUMP’S AMERICA

 

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

‘Deranged Police State Fever Dream’: Internet Explodes Over Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Incredibly Fascist’ Video for 9/11

Published

on

Former New York City mayor, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by posting a chilling, creepy, and many are saying “fascist” video in the early morning, tweeting “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” in all-caps.

The highly-edited video opens with staged images of people protesting fascism, as a young child slowly sings “America the Beautiful.”

The camera closes in on a lone police officer starting at the protestors, who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

In an apparent flashback the officer seems to be remembering his life: a police badge is pinned on his shirt, a flag-draped coffin of a U.S. service member is carried past him, and a young boy sits in front of a television set watching footage reminiscent of fire fighters raising a flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

He then flips down the clear shield on his helmet, and the camera shows him whipping out a club – just as the protestors jump the barricade.

The words “This We’ll Defend” flash on the screen.

The video is looped, repeating until the user stops it.

NBC News’ Ben Collins explains the video is “a ‘banned from the Super Bowl’ ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention.”

Response to the disturbing clip was astonishment, confusion, anger, and outrage – and with many decrying it as clear fascism.

Take a look:

Continue Reading

THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

Conservative Operatives Allied With the Trump White House Are Acquiring ‘Dirt’ on Journalists and Their Families

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump’s allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they “aggressively investigated” him.

The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.

“If the @nytimes thinks this settles the matter we can expose a few of their other bigots,” Schwartz tweeted, responding to an apology from a Times reporter who tweeted something anti-Semitic long ago. “Lots more where this came from.”

Those familiar with the operation explained that there are decades worth of public posts these conservative operatives have gathered to go on the attack as the 2020 election goes into full force.

“It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers,” The Times explained.

This isn’t the first time the public is hearing about a war between conservatives and specific journalists. CNN reported in 2016 that Fox News had built a dossier on a reporter who was writing a book at Roger Ailes.

In leaked documents acquired by NBC 7 San Diego, a secret database was revealed showing Trump’s government is watching at least ten journalists and immigration advocates. The advocates had ties to groups like Border Angels and Pueblo Sin Fronteras, neither of which are extremist groups.

According to The Times, the information published so far has removed all of the contexts and presenting the comments in a misleading way. The goal is to harm the targets professionally.

Read the full report from The Times.

Continue Reading

THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’

Published

on

Maybe the students attending Turning Point USA’s Teen Action Summit weren’t paying attention in whatever civics or history classes they recently took, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday went unchallenged when he told attendees the U.S. Constitution gives him unlimited power.

“Then I have an Article Two, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Trump said.

Article Two, which defines the executive branch, including outlining impeachment, does not in any manner suggest the President has unlimited powers or the right to do whatever he wants.

Here’s President Trump making this chilling and fascistic claim in Washington, D.C. earlier today:

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2019 AlterNet Media.