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From ‘You Will Not Replace Us’ to ‘Send Her Back’: How Trump Brought the Spirit of the Charlottesville Rally to His Campaign Stage

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He didn’t wince, he didn’t cringe, he didn’t say “stop.” He soaked it in.

When the crowd at President Donald Trump’s Wednesday campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, began chanting “send her back” about one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, he paused for 13 seconds and let the words hang in the air.

It should have been a crisis for him and his campaign, but it wasn’t. The moment channeled the spirit of another event that really was regarded as major upheaval in his presidency: the 2017 white supremacist march in Charlottesville, North Carolina. When Trump first gave tepid and inconsistent remarks about the event and later defended the “very fine people” who he believed were among the bigoted marchers, the White House recognized the president’s peril and a top adviser reportedly drafted a resignation letter in anguish.

The Charlottesville marchers cheered “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us,” endorsing pernicious conspiracy theories about the supposed dangers of migrants and the people who welcome them. Those same theories inspired the slaughters in a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

And on Wednesday, Trump inspired the related sentiment in his followers when he attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who came to the United States as a child refugee from Somalia.

“Send her back! Send her back!” they cheered.

As a member of Congress, Omar has real, if limited, power. They don’t want her to replace them.

She criticized and disagreed with the president, so she must be forcibly removed from the country, the crowd decided. She has scary, different ideas — even if she promotes them in exactly the way advocates of “assimilation” would demand. She was educated, adapted to American culture, entered herself into the political discourse, convinced voters to support her, and won a seat in Congress. Some say she’s been too critical of Israel, and argued her language is insufficiently sensitive about anti-Semitic tropes. But she criticizes Saudia Arabia, and she criticizes Hamas, too. She promotes nonviolent solutions to problems.

But Trump targeted her, singled her out as foreign and unwanted, so she became the enemy. And in his eyes, despite her American citizenship, despite her duly won election, she doesn’t belong in Congress and she doesn’t belong here.

Go back,” he said.

“You will not replace us,” the Charlottesville Nazis cheered.

It seemed “send her back” may have been a step too far, for a little bit. Trump lied Thursday, saying he tried to stop the chant. He said he was “not happy” about the crowd’s words.

But by Friday, he changed his mind again. What he is really “unhappy with” is Omar, he said. “Those are incredible patriots,” he said of the crowd.

“Very fine people,” he might have said.

 

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer Repeatedly Threatened With Assassination for COVID-19 Policies as Protestors Plan Rally: Report

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Members of several large, private Facebook groups are calling for the assassination of Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her policies to slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Michigan ranks number four in total coronavirus deaths and number eight in total cases.

There is another armed anti-Whitmer protest slated forThursday, again at the State Capitol. One of last month’s protests drew hundreds of demonstrators, many of them armed.

“Assassinating Whitmer is a common theme among members of the groups. Dozens of people have called for her to be hanged,” reports the Detroit Metro Times. “Others suggested she be shot, beaten, or beheaded.”

“We need a good old fashioned lynch mob to storm the Capitol, drag her tyrannical ass out onto the street and string her up as our forefathers would have,” one post reads, according to the Metro Times. The post was made in a group with 9000 members, called “People of Michigan vs. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.”

“Drag that tyrant governor out to the front lawn. Fit her for a noose,” another post says.

Related: ‘This Is Terrorism’: Internet Scorches Michigan Armed Right Wingers’ Dangerous Wall-to-Wall Anti-Social Distancing ‘Protest’

“Either President Trump sends in the troops or there is going to be a midnight lynching in Lansing soon,” reads another.

“Plain and simple she needs to eat lead and send a statement to the rest of the democrats that they are next,” says yet another post.

“Wonder how long till she’s hit with a shotgun blast,” reads still another.

And then there’s this: “Can we please just take up a collection for an assassin to put that woman from Michigan down,” In March President Donald Trump called Gov. Whitmer “that woman from Michigan.”

Another anti-Whitmer Facebook group has over 385,000 members. In it one person wrote: “Next comes watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants.”

“Voting is too late we need to act now,” another person wrote, saying demonstrators need to be “armed to the teeth.”

Read the full report here.

 

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‘We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists’: Trump Destroyed for Calling Armed Michigan Protestors ‘Very Good People’

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President Donald Trump on Friday insisted the armed protestors who took over Michigan’s statehouse are “very good people” and called on Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to negotiate with them.

On Thursday for hours a reported 400-700 mostly white men, many heavily armed, appearing as militia members, endangered statehouse workers, including state police officers and Sergeants at Arms as they ignored social distancing guidelines, wore no masks, and jammed themselves shoulder-to-shoulder inside the capitol building to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s policies designed to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Protestors shouted “Lock her up,” made Nazi salutes and chanted, “Heil Whitmer.”

Many Americans were appalled at the astroturf protest, and some called it terrorism.

Here’s how the Internet responded:

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Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus Returning to White House in New Roles

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President Donald Trump is getting the old gang back together, and all is apparently forgiven. The “superstitious” president is apparently hoping his re-election chances will be stronger if he surrounds himself with those who helped him win in the first place, as The New York Times reports.

Sadly, his former attorney, Michael Cohen, and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, are unavailable as they are serving time in prison, but Trump has unlocked the door for former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus to return to the White House, albeit in vastly different capacities.

Trump will appoint Spicer and Priebus “to be members on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships,” Axios and Salon report. The pair are expected to interview and recommend candidates for the program. It is unknown if they will have any other duties.

The program, which was started in 1964 under President Johnson, allows over a dozen individuals to work in the White House as paid fellows with the understanding they will continue their public policy work after their year of service.

Trump is also bringing back former communication director Hope Hicks as “counselor to the president,” but some are questioning the legality of that move as she will be working on his re-election campaign.

 

 

 

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