I have been busy these last few days with having family members as houseguests and also doing some traveling with them and that has kept me from blogging. But I have been following the news sporadically and it has been depressing to say the least. What has become very clear in the last couple of days is that Donald Trump is a Nazi sympathizer. It is incredible to think that one could say this of any leader of a country but there is no denying the fact anymore.
Denouncing Nazis should be an easy call for anyone. Their origins and history are bad enough to make any decent person avoid any association with the label. The current membership in the US of the neo-Nazi movement in the US espouses many of the beliefs and use the same rhetoric of their predecessors, the only difference being that as the US has become more diverse, they have expanded to range of the people they feel are polluting the precious bodily fluids of the white race.
Trump’s extraordinary press conference yesterday should have put to rest any doubts about this. He went to incredible lengths to try and defend the neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the Charlottesville rally by trying to argue that there were good and bad people on both sides and both sides were equally responsible for the violence. Just to read the highlights of his remarks is to be astounded by his effort to shift blame away from the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The most telling sign was his anger that his single mealy-mouthed statement on Monday that condemned white supremacists was not seen as sufficient to appease his critics. This showed that he had only made the statement as a tactical move to deflect the storm of criticism aimed at him..
The neo-Nazis and the KKK clearly think that Trump is one of them, with David Duke, a former KKK Grand Duke Wizard, saying that they are going to fulfill Trump’s promises. As Robert Mackey reports as part of his piece on how the city of Baltimore last night quickly removed all the statues honoring confederate statues, the neo-Nazis and white supremacists have praised and thanked Trump for defending them.
Just when you thought that Trump could not sink any lower, he does. Also, can reporters please stop telling us that Trump’s aides are ‘shocked’ by the things he says? That fiction is impossible to sustain.