[Marxism] Arch-neoconservative rips Trump a new asshole
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Wed Aug 16 15:59:45 MDT 2017
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Trump’s horrifying ‘take three’ on Charlottesville
By John Podhoretz August 15, 2017 | 7:28pm | Updated
On Tuesday afternoon, we learned yet again that the president of the
United States is against neo-Nazis, which is nice. They’re “very rough,”
he said at an impromptu Trump Tower press conference — by which he
likely meant some of the people he saw on TV in Charlottesville this
past Saturday had beards and leather jackets and swastika tattoos and
The night before, by contrast, Trump said there had been some “very good
people” rallying with “a permit” by a statue of Robert E. Lee in
Charlottesville. Maybe he thought so because the photographs we all saw
showed clean-cut young men in Polo shirts and Dockers.
The rest of us also saw them engaging in Nazi salutes and carrying torches.
Those images seem to have eluded the president.
The president suggested many had been there on Friday night because they
cared deeply about the fact that a Robert E. Lee statue in a
Charlottesville park is due to be moved.
Trump did not note that they were not locals with aesthetic concerns but
rather had been summoned from all over the country under the slogan
“Unite the Right.”
The ad promoting the “Unite the Right” rally, which ran on far-right
websites all week, did not even mention the statue. It was designed to
evoke a fascist poster with birds similar to the Nazi eagle in the sky
over the marchers and Confederate flags taking the place of swastikas.
It invited people to join speakers like Mike Enoch, who hosts a podcast
called “The Daily Shoah.” And Augustus Invictus, an alt-right figure who
once said, “I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War;
that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I
would begin it myself.” And Christopher Cantwell, who calls himself a
“fascist,” along with Johnny Monoxide, who just labels himself “fashy.”
And Michael Hill, an ex-professor who said, in 2015, “Never
underestimate the perfidy of the organized Jew.” And Matt Heimbach, who
says only 27,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
The march’s own organizer, Jason Kessler, described the view of those
who wanted to move the statue thus: “You don’t give a damn about white
people. You people are implementing policies which are displacing us in
our home countries, and we will not be allowed to survive.”
The president did something absolutely horrifying in that press
conference. He bristled at the use of the term “alt-right” by a reporter
and demanded to know from her what she meant by it. He drew a
distinction between the neo-Nazis — “very rough” — and the members of
the alt-right who rallied with torches on Friday night, chanting “Jews
shall not replace us.”
It was this group, these alt-rightniks, that Trump said featured “some
very good people.” By saying this, he was not only committing an infamy.
He actually seemed to be doing constituent service for a group that
As David French writes, “When Trump carves [the alt-right] away from the
Nazis and distinguishes them from the neo-Confederates, he’s doing
exactly what they want. He’s making them respectable. He’s making them
That such words could actually emerge from the mouth of the president of
the United States is one of the most disheartening facts of my lifetime.
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