August 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm EST | by Kevin Naff
Racists running the White House
White House, racists, Charlottesville, gay news, Washington Blade

White nationalists march in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Charles Butler)

The horrific events that unfolded in Charlottesville this weekend should be condemned by everyone — politicians, business leaders, everyday citizens. Whether your platform is a national cable TV show, a weekly newspaper or a twitter account, the country must hear from the sane majority that these displays of hatred and violence will not be tolerated. For black and Jewish Americans to watch scenes of burning torches and Nazi flags paraded down an American street in 2017 is chilling.

There are a few basic truths that we must now acknowledge. First, this White House is being run by a white supremacist, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, a man best known for stoking the fears of angry white men with his Nazi-esque propaganda documentaries and his reign at Breitbart.

Second, nothing that this White House does or says is by accident. The events playing out now — from Charlottesville’s violence to the gutting of federal government agencies to the embrace of Putin — are deliberate and planned. When Trump refuses to call out the Neo-Nazis and KKK and equates their hate and violence with those who showed up to protest against them, it’s deliberate. When Trump vaguely dismisses the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” he knows exactly what he’s doing, and Bannon probably wrote the words for him. That remark was Trump/Bannon’s attempt to cast Neo-Nazis in the same light as Black Lives Matter. It was a calculated smear and another in a long line of dog whistles to his racist supporters.

And speaking of Trump’s remaining supporters — roughly one-third of the electorate if recent polls are to be trusted — they are a largely uneducated, poor, white bloc. Hillary Clinton dominated Trump among educated voters, winning 48 of 50 of the country’s most educated counties, according to an analysis by Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com, which also found the corollary to be true: Trump dominated Clinton in the 50 least-educated counties. As Silver put it, “The education gap is carving up the American electorate and toppling political coalitions that had been in place for many years.”

Further proof of their stupidity emerges daily. In one recent poll of Trump supporters, half insisted he won the popular vote; in another poll, 58 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independent voters said colleges and universities are bad for the country. This tactic of demonizing education as “elitist” gave rise to the empty-headed Sarah Palin and culminated in the election of a cheesy, racist, washed-up reality TV host as president.

And when uneducated white people get their news from Brietbart and other alt-right sources, things get worse. The Daily Stormer site is filled with anti-Semitic rants and ads promoting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. One headline on Daily Stormer after the white supremacist terror attack read, “Kikes pressing Trump to condemn innocent Nazis who were attacked by terrorist cops and leftist terrorists.” The hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have taken over the site and said it plans to shut it down permanently.

These Trump supporters are not swayed by facts or reason. They don’t respect education or the media. They are, thus, ripe for brainwashing and susceptible to propaganda like the kind masterminded by Bannon and spewed by various racist alt-right outlets that now have seats in the White House briefing room.

This is what happens when 40 percent of eligible voters stay home on Election Day. Let’s hope the Trump debacle serves as a wake-up call to those voters. Meanwhile, we must remain vigilant and denounce the Trump/Bannon attacks on our democracy until either Robert Mueller puts an end to this travesty or the voters do it in 2020.

 

Kevin Naff is editor of the Washington Blade. Reach him at knaff@washblade.com.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

44 Comments
  • Sounds like Kevin Naff doesn’t like his Murica being run by a President from Jew York City.

    • You’ve just proven you’re an alt-right racist with that Jew York City comment! You’re as dumb as your fake POTUS exposing yourself and losing all credibility!

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your FAKE POTUS is his own worst enemy, he implodes with the weight of his ego, arrogance and chronic lies and deceptions! The left doesn’t have to destroy him as he destroys himself! He will usher in his own downfall and flush the rest of you down the toilet with him! It’s not a matter of “IF” but “WHEN”!

      • I AM Jewish. And Trump has Jews in his family, much to your horror you Islam-loving homophobe.

        • If you’re Jewish why then refer to New York City as Jew York city? Yes, Jared is Jewish, Trump has his token. Shameful how he support White Supremacist and their anti-Jewhish rhetoric.

        • Sadly many gays think that low IQ cowardly moslems will fight well armed STR8 white church going Christian men for them, instead of attacking easy targets like gay bars. Moslem was changed to muslim to erase 1400 years of history.

          • No gays have claimed that Muslims will fight for them! Do you think those racist-wing christian conservative will fight to defend you if the know you’re a low IQ Trump voting gay man?

            Get rid of all the Muslims for all I care, you’ll still get more opposition to your freedom and rights under the law as a gay man from your fellow str8t christian conservatives!

            You see it now with Session declaring existing civil rights laws don’t protect LGBT from discrimination but you conveniently ignore that as if it can NEVER be a threat to you!

            Eric Rudolph is a christian conservative who bombed a gay bar in Georgia but that you won’t acknowledge nor will you acknowledge the christian preachers Like Steve Anderson that said the bombing at Pulse was a good thing!

          • Your Islam is showing.

          • Do you have a hooked nose or can you pass as a white gentile shiksa girl?

          • Very hooked. That’s why we go for pug-nosed gentiles.

          • People can hang you from your anckles upside down and use your nose as coat hooks then. Try not to get snot on them!

          • And the man from Jew York City will STILL run the U.S. for seven more years. Thank goodness.

          • No we won’t. Evil self-destructs and destroys itself! Trump is is own worst enemy. We just sit back and watch him crash and burn!

          • No he won’t despite your denials there is no alternate reality! Your fake potus is on the road to self-destruction thanks to his own arrogance and stupidity!

            His latest refusal to denounce the alt right unequivocally and name them domestic terrorists will force many to abandon him to avoid being tainted by those racist views! I can see the anti-trump ads now showing him speaking his doom himself!

            We haven’t even finished the Russia probe.

          • A crooked nose to refelect a crooked man! They lead you like an ox with a ring through its nose.

            That also puts you between Scylla and Carybdis.

            If your Muslim hoards get you they will chop up into fruit and then when you’re Christian alt right mobs get you the’ll cook what is left in their ovens!

          • That’s all. We talk about this face to face or not at all. No more tired internet repetitiveness.

          • Fine with me! One less a-hole posting stupidity and bs! I have a life unlike you!

          • They can’t handle their preferred enemies, Christian whites, being replaced by far more dangerous homophobes. So they try to retain the old anti-Christian fixations and wind up looking like fools talking about boogeymen.

      • Would you like to hook up and discuss this ? I can fly anywhere in the country. I’m getting tired of your cowardly homophobic ranting. Seriously…I’ll give you my cell and we can arrange it.

        • What so you can run me over? Well, if you’re tired then take a powder! You must be awful in bed if you get tired so easily!

          I don’t want to go on a date with you, no I don’t want your number, scrub, scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me!

      • Take the di€k out of your mouth and think. He did no such thing

        • What are you babbling about now you homophobic SOB?

          You do realize the guy is queer right and you’re defending someone that has Dijk in his mouth and likely his rear end same as BigGaySteve?

          I’m sure you can do a three-way! I know it’s your down low fantasy. You troll around gay news too much!

          But Bruce Majors will be major jealous! He wants to be your man-wife!

    • Hey at least the blade stopped saying Trump is Hit ler


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