The Nazis in Charlottesville were enabled by Trump
Nazis attacked peace-loving protesters in Charlottesville, and the US President Donald Trump courts their support.
British GQ, Aug. 13, 2017
More than 70 years after the US fought the Nazis in the Second World War, white supremacists and Nazis are marching openly without masks in America. A peaceful protester has been murdered, dozens have been injured and two policemen have lost their lives in Charlottesville, Virginia during violent outbreaks sparked by a protest organised by racist white men flying the banner of the slavery-defending Confederacy and Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.
Worse, the president of the United States has failed to unequivocally condemn these evil men.
When asked if he still wanted the support of white nationalists, Donald Trump walked off without answering the question. He can’t condemn them. These white nationalists are Trump’s people. This is Trump’s America.
The Americans who stand by Trump must also stand by the Americans who chanted «blood and soil» while parading in Charlottesville. The expression – in German, “Blut und Boden” – denotes a focus that underpins Nazi ideology. Ever since Trump’s victory, the worst elements in American society have been emboldened. “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” was how white racist and alt-right founder Richard Spencer proclaimed Trump’s victory before lifting his arm (in the Hitler “Sieg Heil” salute) in front of an audience that lifted theirs in response. This weekend, many more have joined the public celebration of racial and nationalistic ideologies that led to the deaths of millions in World War Two.
The resurgence of public racism is a consequence of Trump’s victory.
The KKK leader David Duke told his people at Charlottesville that their time was at hand. “We are determined to take our country back,” he boasted, saying, “We are going to fulfil the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” They think the government is on their side because it is. Trump is now using the US Justice Department to go after affirmative action programs that are designed to help black students.
Racists are empowered and enabled by the current political climate. The man in charge in the Oval Office has repeatedly refused to reject the endorsement of white nationalists like David Duke. Trump himself has openly courted the racist, nationalist vote, like when he attacked the professionalism of a judge for being “Mexican.” He has a well documented record of encouraging and defending violence against minorities by his supporters, his businesses have been repeatedly brought to court on allegations of racial discrimination.
With Trump in the White House, would-be Nazis around the country don’t have to hide their prejudices, and for every one of them prepared to show their faces in public, there will be thousands who have sympathy with their cause.
Another astonishing aspect of the scenes in Charlottesville was the lack of police involvement when men in army surplus uniforms — who call themselves «militias» — began parading their guns. If black men had dressed and acted as they had, if they had carried weapons and acted as these would-be Nazis had, the Charlottesville police would have shot to kill.
White racism is a disease that America seems unable to cure itself of. Since 1982, white people – almost all men – have committed 64 per cent of the mass shootings in America. Hate crime in America is rising, and the swastika is becoming more prominent.
There are Nazis in America. They are out and proud. They are armed, and they are rallying. The US President courts them, and refuses to select them for criticism. This is not a drill.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США