Donald Trump Retweets NeoNazi White Supremacist
This week, the National Review, a right wing Republican magazine, devoted an entire edition to the argument that Donald Trump, trust fund baby, billionaire, and presidential candidate, is not conservative enough to be the Republican nominee.
“Donald Trump is too moderate” is the way that the Washington Post summary of the National Review’s position puts it. Is it true? Is Donald Trump is too moderate, not ideologically extreme enough for GOP voters to support?
That’s not what Donald Trump’s policies and stated beliefs suggest. Donald Trump:
– Wants to surround the United States with giant security walls
– Favors torturing prisoners even if there is no possible benefit to the torture
– Blames immigrants for America’s problems
– Wants to force all Muslims to submit to national security government database, carry ID cards declaring their religion, and favors the idea of putting them in internment camps – and under Donald Trump’s presidency, no Muslim would be allowed to enter the United States (not even Muslim US citizens)
– Says that African-American protesters are “disgusting”, and deserve to be “roughed up”, condoning physical assaults against African-Americans at his rallies
– Plans to use the power of the White House to “save Christianity once and for all”
– Wants to “bomb the hell out of” countries in the Middle East
– Plans to censor the Internet
– Thinks Global Warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese government
– Believes that Barack Obama was born in Kenya
– Repeats debunked right wing conspiracy theories claiming that most murders of European-Americans are committed by African-Americans
The problem with Donald Trump is not that he’s too moderate. It’s that he’s too extreme. The problem with the Republican Party is that its voters LOVE Donald Trump’s ideological extremism.
If there’s any doubt of Donald Trump’s immoderation, an incident yesterday should put it to rest. Donald Trump retweeted a message from a Twitter user using the handle @WhiteGenocideTM. 21 hours later, as I write this article, Donald Trump has yet to delete the tweet.
White Genocide is a a conspiracy theory, spread through a network of NeoNazi and White Supremacist web sites, claiming that Jews, African-Americans, Hispanics and Muslims are teaming up in an international effort to make “whites” extinct.
Although, in the hours after people found out about Donald Trump’s retweet of @WhiteGenocideTM’s material, @WhiteGenocide posted some distracting tweets to try to hide the account’s extreme anti-Semitic, racist, unhinged content, it’s quite clear that, at the time that he retweeted @WhiteGenocideTM, Donald Trump could have seen where the NeoNazi was coming from at a moment’s glance.
@WhiteGenocideTM retweeted posts quoting Nazi Joseph Goebbels about how “our movement” will triumph.
@WhiteGenocide deplores the presence of non “white” people in Europe, and imagines Donald Trump as a Napoleonic strong leader to get them out.
@WhiteGenocideTM has declared its opposition to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders on the grounds that Sanders is Jewish, and therefore part of an international conspiracy to exterminate “whites”.
Donald Trump should have been able to see right away that @WhiteGenocideTM is filled with racist extremism, but Trump chose to retweet the NeoNazi White Supremacist’s material anyway.
Was it all just a mistake? This isn’t the first time that Donald Trump has retweeted messages from NeoNazis.
On Twitter, when you retweet someone else’s message, it’s like bringing that person up on stage with you for a photo opportunity, and shaking their hand. It’s a declaration that you are willing to be associated with that person. People who use Twitter know that you don’t retweet material from people you disagree with – unless you write a message along with it explicitly disagreeing with that material.
Donald Trump has a huge staff dedicated to his tuning his campaign message on places like Twitter. That staff has seen fit, with almost a full day to review the decision, to not distance Donald Trump from the racist NeoNazi white supremacism of @WhiteGenocideTM.
That’s not where the story ends, however. What’s even more disturbing is that Donald Trump’s supporters aren’t repudiating his association with the most extreme, hateful fringes of the Republican Party. They’re cheering it on. They know very well that Donald Trump is no moderate, and they love him for it.
Donald Trump’s Republican presidential campaign isn’t dangerous just because of Trump’s own racist right wing extremism. It’s dangerous because it’s serving as a rallying cry for the most bigoted, intolerant, group of voters in the country. The Trump for President campaign is serving as a beacon for those Americans who are sick of the Bill of Rights, and want to put women, Jews, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslims, and anyone else who isn’t like them, back in their place.
It’s a fascist campaign, and the movement of hatred that it is inspiring is a danger to American society.
For the record, I’m not calling for a politically correct censorship of Donald Trump, or of @WhiteGenocideTM and Trump’s other NeoNazi supporters.
I believe in freedom of speech.
Donald Trump and @WhiteGenocideTM have the right to say what they’re saying.
I have the right to say that what they are saying is vile, dangerous, and in direct opposition to the democratic values represented by our nation’s Constitution.