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Trump Voters Increasingly Think It’s OK to Use the N-Word

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One of the most offensive slurs in modern American language is the n-word. It has a long and ugly history and is offensive to most people.

But as on most issues, many Trump voters have a different point of view.

The Washington Post‘s Michael Tesler on Tuesday took a long look at Trump voters and their perception of what is racist. (It’s important to note that only about 5% of Black voters are Trump voters.)

In a post titled, “Republicans don’t think Trump’s tweets are racist. That fits a long American history of denying racism,” the Post notes, “Even under Jim Crow, most whites thought that blacks were treated fairly.”

That likely helps explain the disturbing revelation that “in the past several years, Democrats and Republicans have moved further apart on questions of race.”

Take one other seemingly clear-cut example of racism: the use of the n-word to describe African Americans. Polls show that Democrats and Republicans increasingly disagree on whether the n-word is offensive. Indeed, the percentage of Republicans who consider the word offensive or unacceptable has actually declined in recent years.

The Post reports that just one-third (33%) of Trump voters now consider it racist to use the n-word. By comparison, 86% of Hillary Clinton voters believe it is racist to use the n-word.

Tesler provides graphs that show just over the past three years Republicans find the use of the n-word decreasingly offensive. Democrats, and at a faster rate, increasingly find it offensive.

Further illustrating the difference in how Trump voters view race, less than one in four Trump voters disagreed with this statement:

“I prefer my close relatives marry spouses of their same race.”

63% of Clinton voters disagreed with the statement.

“These gaps help explain why, overall, Trump voters think that discrimination against whites is more pervasive in the U.S. than discrimination against blacks,” the Post adds.

 

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Republican Who Compares Gay People to Rapists and Warns They May ‘Harm’ Kids Running to Unseat Democratic Senator

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Trump-Loving Extremist Gets Backing From Trump Team

A former Republican U.S. Congressman who has a long record of anti-LGBTQ comments and positions is running to unseat a Democratic U.S. Senator. Jason Lewis, who has claimed same-sex parents may harm children announced he is running against Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith.

Lewis, a conservative talk radio host for 25 years has lost two of his three congressional campaigns, but served for one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016 he won his House seat, only to be defeated in 2018 by Angie Craig, a lesbian and the Democrat who was his opponent in the 2016 race.

Politico calls Lewis Trump’s “Minnesota mini-me,” based on his love of President Donald Trump, and reports “two of Trump’s top political lieutenants” are guiding him.

But Lewis’ viability will be a test of just how much Minnesota voters will support a bigoted and extremist candidate who literally supports the right of people to own slaves.

“In fact, if you really want to be quite frank about it, how does somebody else owning a slave affect me? It doesn’t,” Lewis said in an update to his book on states’ rights,  “If I don’t think it is right, I won’t own one, and people always say ‘well if you don’t want to marry somebody of the same sex, you don’t have to, but why tell somebody else they can’t.’ Uh, you know if you don’t want to own a slave, don’t. But don’t tell other people they can’t.”

That’s far from his only incendiary and offensive position.

On his radio show he has attacked women as, basically, stupid:

“You’ve got a vast majority of young single women who couldn’t explain to you what GDP means. You know what they care about? They care about abortion. They care about abortion and gay marriage. They care about ‘The View.’ They are non-thinking,” he said.

And he has lamented that “you can’t call” a woman “a slut” anymore.

Lewis’ bigoted and extremist positions do not end there.

Buzzfeed reported in 2018 that Lewis has “promoted extreme opinions about gays and lesbians on his radio show, comparing them to rapists, criminals, and polygamists. He contended that gay rights activists were ‘shredding the Constitution,’ and that same-sex parents ‘could harm the kid.'”

He says laws against rape are unfair because “you’re not treating a rapist equal.” H has also used a false interpretation of the 14th Amendment to make a very invalid case against same-sex marriage:

“So if the law says that we’re not going to allow three people to marry, then you’ve got to treat everybody the same way,” Lewis added. “No three people can marry. Same is true for gay marriage. It’s not discrimination. It’s not unconstitutional. The law discriminates all the time. It discriminates against behavior.”

 

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Video Surfaces Showing California High School Students Singing Nazi Song and Giving Hitler Salute: Report

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A short video (below) has surfaced showing about ten California high school students singing what one expert calls an “obscure” Nazi song while giving a Hitler salute.

The students, part of Garden Grove, California’s Pacifica High School water polo team can be seen “throwing the salute once used to greet Adolf Hitler while singing a Nazi marching song played for German troops during World War II,” according to The Daily Beast.

The video reportedly was posted to Instagram, along with the words to the song.

Chapman University professor Peter Simi, an expert on extremism, noted the song is so obscure that he wonders how the students even came to know it – raising bigger questions.

“It’s not something you’d expect somebody to accidentally know about. There’s some means by which they acquired knowledge about the song and associated Nazi issues,” Simi told The Daily Beast. “Are they on websites or web forums or other social media platforms where they’re engaging with others informed on these issues?”

Meanwhile, the school is refusing to say what, if any, disciplinary action was taken against the students. And some parents and others are concerned that the school, which will only say it addressed the matter with the students, did not address it with the entire school, since many may have seen it.

Also disturbing, The Daily Beast observes, this is the second recent incident of “Nazi portrayals” by students in Southern California, leading many to wonder what is going on.

Here’s the video:

At least one person took to Twitter to blast the school for not taking the issue seriously enough and for not understanding the broad repercussions of the students’ actions, and its apparent lack of action, based on the statement it released:

 

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Feds Charge Gun Nut, an Apparent White Supremacist, in Connection with Potential Attack on Gay and Jewish Communities

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A 23-year old Nevada man, an apparent white supremacist with a history of gun extremism, was arrested and charged Friday in Las Vegas.

Conor Climo “discussed attacking a Las Vegas synagogue and making Molotov Cocktails and improvised explosive devices, and he also discussed conducting surveillance on a bar he believed catered to the LGBTQ community,” the Dept. of Justice said in a statement. “The criminal complaint also describes that items seized by law enforcement during the execution of an August 8, 2019 search warrant, including a notebook with several hand-drawn schematics for a potential Las Vegas-area attack. The notebook also contained drawings of timed explosive devises.”

The DOJ’s statement adds the criminal complaint alleges “Climo was communicating with individuals who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization using the National Socialist Movement to promote their ideology. Members believe in the superiority of the white race and have a common goal of challenging the established laws, social order, and government via terrorism and other violent acts. The organization encourages attacks on the federal government, including critical infrastructure, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

As NCRM reported Friday morning, the DOJ has been blocking the release of a report that says alleged white supremacists were responsible for every single act of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018.

The Trump administration not only took no action to combat the growing right wing violent extremism, but actually substantially reduced or even eliminated funding and programs that combat white supremacist extremism, violence, and terrorism – and then blocked the data from reaching the hands of Congress.

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