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White Nationalists Gather in Public at Charlottesville
Donald Trump is himself a racist despite anything he says later after he avoided the truth about what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Daily Stormer celebrates the death of Heather Heyer.

By Ed Knudson

Although racism is real in this country, people with explicitly racist views have mostly been afraid to "go public." Donald Trump has changed that. Now the racists are organizing and carrying on public events. They think Trump supports them and they are right.

Paul Krugman has published a column Monday in which he asks whether Donald Trump is a real American. Here is a portion:
Remember back in 2008, when Sarah Palin used to talk about the “real America”? She meant rural and small-town residents — white residents, it went without saying — who supposedly embodied the nation’s true essence.

She was harshly condemned for those remarks, and rightly so — and not just because the real, real America is a multiracial, multicultural land of great metropolitan areas as well as small towns. More fundamentally, what makes America America is that it is built around an idea: the idea that all men are created equal, and are entitled to basic human rights. Take away that idea and we’re just a giant version of a two-bit autocracy. And maybe that is what we have, in fact, become. For Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn the murderous white supremacists in Charlottesville finally confirms what has become increasingly obvious: The current president of the United States isn’t a real American.

Real Americans understand that our nation is built around values, not the “blood and soil” of the marchers’ chants; what makes you an American is your attempt to live up to those values, not the place or race your ancestors came from. And when we fall short in our effort to live up to our ideals, as we all too often do, at least we realize and acknowledge our failure.

But the man who began his political ascent by falsely questioning Barack Obama’s place of birth — a blood-and-soil argument if ever there was one — clearly cares nothing about the openness and inclusiveness that have always been essential parts of who we are as a nation.


Media Matters published a brief comment on Charlottesville that caught my attention. The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer views Trump's comments after the incidents there as positive for them.

Keep this in mind. Ever since the 1960s when the South began to shift from Democrat to Republican, Republican candidates have had to signify in various ways that they support the racism of the white South. The South now votes as a block for Republicans. But Trump is not just a Republican seeking the votes of the white South. He is himself a racist. He became widely known politically for his birtherism, his claims that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. This was an explicit racist claim. That whole movement began in the South.

Here is a portion of the Media Matters article:
After praising Trump's statement on Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi website celebrates murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer

Hate website The Daily Stormer says victim was "the definition of uselessness" and that "most people are glad she is dead" White nationalist and neo-Nazi hate website The Daily Stormer openly celebrated the murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer during the violent August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, calling her a “slob” and a “burden on society” with “no value.” The website previously praised Trump’s response to the rally. Heyer, a 32-year-old who, according to her mother, was “determined to stand up to injustice,” was murdered when a car plowed through counterprotesters at the rally. At least 19 others were injured. According to The New York Times, the driver of the car was “charged with second-degree murder” and stood alongside white nationalist groups during the rally. One of the driver's former teachers has said that he was a Nazi sympathizer with "white supremacist views" and "a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler."

President Donald Trump received widespread criticism for condemning “violence on many sides” in the wake of the incident rather than immediately denouncing white supremacy. An unnamed spokesperson has since issued a statement to reporters condemning “white supremacists,” though The New York Times reported that “it was not attributed directly to Mr. Trump.”

The Daily Stormer, however, lauded President Trump’s comments, saying that “he didn’t attack us” and gave “no condemnation at all.” The Daily Stormer, designated a neo-Nazi hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has long been a fan of President Trump, having said that a vote for him would be a vote “for the one man who actually represents our interests” and having praised his hiring of Steve Bannon.

In his August 13 article, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin asserted that “most people are glad [Heyer] is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness.” He also called the victim an “overweight slob with no children” and praised the driver of the car as a “hardcore player” with a “cool demeanor” who “didn’t give a fuck.”

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Date Added: 8/13/2017 Date Revised: 8/13/2017 4:43:38 PM

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