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  • Donald Trump Jr. Has Become A Hero To Neo-Nazi Websites

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    In recent weeks, Donald Trump Jr. has made a “gas chamber” reference, retweeted an anti-Semitic author, and compared Syrian refugees to Skittles. Trump Jr.’s actions have endeared him to neo-Nazi websites, which have celebrated the Republican nominee’s son for having “hit a nerve” with the “Jew Media” and for indicating that “a part of him has been with us since day one.”

    Members of the “alt-right” and white nationalist movement have been heavily supporting Trump’s campaign. Meanwhile, the candidate and his team have been courting members of the movement, appearing in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages.

    The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote that a “lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis.” The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff noted that Trump Jr. is “Trump’s worst surrogate,” citing his “penchant for interacting with the alt-right.”

    During this presidential campaign, Trump Jr.:

    • posted an image celebrating “Pepe the Frog, a symbol that has been co-opted by white supremacists and nationalists.” 
    • said during a radio interview that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if Trump lied like Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has.
    • retweeted anti-Semitic writer Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “the neo-Nazi movement's favorite academic.”
    • gave an interview to white nationalist radio host James Edwards, during which Edwards and Trump Jr. complained about “political correctness.”

    Trump Jr.’s latest gift to white nationalists is his tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. Talking Points Memo’s Allegra Kirkland noted that “Trump Jr. borrowed an analogy popular among anti-immigrant activists and white nationalists for his meme likening Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.” The Intercept and The Independent pointed out that the symbolism in Trump Jr.’s tweet is a dog whistle that dates back to the Nazis.

    The Trump campaign defended Trump Jr.’s tweet, claiming that “Speaking the truth might upset those who would rather be politically correct than safe.”

    Neo-Nazis have been thrilled with Trump Jr.’s actions in the past several weeks.

    The Daily Stormer is a virulently anti-Semitic website that celebrates Nazism, purports to document the “Jewish Problem,” and attacks “kikes.” Writer “Azzmador” wrote a September 20 post headlined “Jew Media Deplores Trump Jr.’s Holocaust of Skittles.” The writer claimed: “When the Jews put a pack of apes in suits to call you ‘ignorant,’ you know you’ve hit a nerve!” and added:

    Certain people just can’t handle the truth. They are known as “stupid people.”

    The Jews depend on their media’s ability to cultivate good goy opinions among these ignoramuses. Without them and their votes, democracy isn’t nearly so deadly a weapon as they like.

    […]

    Perfectly reasonable, if you asked me, and personally, I think 3 Skittles in the bowl is an outrageously charitable underestimate. So, in the midst of all these stabbings and explosions happening courtesy of your freshly-minted American Kebabs, what is the most riveting story (according to the MSM) concerning the current presidential race?

    The Daily Stormer also celebrated other Trump Jr. incidents. “Zeigel” wrote a September 15 post headlined “YES: Donald Trump Jr. Makes Casual Joke About Gas Chambers!” “Zeigel” wrote that Trump Jr.’s reference to the gas chamber is “the sort of metaphor that someone on the Alt-Right would use instinctively. … It’s language that immediately sends signals to both Nazis and Jews. But normal people wouldn’t even understand what he’s talking about.” The writer further added:

    So this remark is either a very calculated stunt to get media Jews riled up about nothing, or an innocent comment by someone who’s hiding his power level.

    And considering the other events involving Trump Jr. during this campaign, I would tend to favor the latter hypothesis.

    If Trump’s own son is a Nazi, what are the odds that he himself isn’t red-pilled?

    The Daily Stormer also praised Trump Jr.’s retweeting of Kevin MacDonald, writing, “There is no way Donald Trump Jr. didn’t know” MacDonald is an anti-Semite:

    MacDonald is definitely an anti-Semite. And everyone knows this. He wrote three huge books about how Jews are screwing over the goyim, for God’s sake.

    There is no way Donald Trump Jr. didn’t know about this when he retweeted him. I mean, a quick look at Dr. MacDonald’s twitter feed will dispel any doubts that he’s basically a Nazi.

    [...]

    Just the fact that Trump Jr. retweeted him should bring a lot of attention to Kevin MacDonald’s work. It’s quite surprising, in fact, that the mainstream media isn’t exploding at this event.

    Infostormer -- a neo-Nazi website with the slogan “destroying Jewish tyranny” -- wrote a September 15 post with the headline “LOL: Donald Trump Jr. Attacked By Jews For Making Gas Chamber Joke On Radio Show.” The website regularly posts anti-Semitic material and slurs like “kike” and its background image is a picture of a Nazi rally. The post about Trump Jr. by “Marcus Cicero” stated:

    The transformation of our society into one dominated by the Shitlord continues to progress rather smoothly, and I’m rather pleased to announce that the eldest son of our next President is now officially aboard the LULZ EXPRESS.

    […]

    Actually, I feel that a part of him has been with us since day one, and we’ve only seen bits and pieces of the true Kek-Master rise forth from the ether.

    The website also posted an August 31 article celebrating Trump Jr.’s retweet of MacDonald, writing:

    OK so MacDonald is more than just a Jew critic, he absolutely hates them lol.

    I doubt that this was done intentionally, but who knows.  I’m just surprised that more hasn’t been made out of this yet.  You’d figure the Jew media would be running around with their heads cut off trying to psychoanalyze every aspect of this.

  • After Terror Attacks, Fox News Brings On Anti-Muslim Fearmongers To Push Lies And Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

    Blog ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    Fox News is providing a platform for conservatives to spread misinformation about refugees and stoke anti-Muslim fears following a series of apparent terror attacks around the country. Fox’s open-door policy for fearmongers is in keeping with the network’s disconcerting history as a source of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment after terror attacks at home and abroad.

    Authorities have arrested a suspect in the September 17 bomb explosions in Manhattan and Seaside Park, N.J.; a suspect was shot in a stabbing spree the same day in Saint Cloud, MN. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We have every reason to believe this was an act of terrorism,” referring to the two New York area bombings, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Minnesota mall attack.

    President Obama advised that “the press try to refrain from getting out ahead of the investigation” and warned against the dissemination of “false reports or incomplete information” -- a warning Fox News ignored as it hosted a series of guests who peddled anti-Muslim talking points and xenophobic rhetoric.

    During a segment that led off with Fox host Ainsley Earhardt asking, “Is the Somali refugee crisis now a terror crisis?” Fox contributor Pete Hegseth warned of the “incubation” of radical Islam in “radical mosques” in Minnesota, claiming that “the problem is that a lot of those communities have not assimilated the way we would want them to.” Hegseth then proclaimed that there “is a terrorist recruitment problem in Minnesota.” Hegseth regularly fearmongers on Fox’s airwaves about terror and the “concerns about integration” of Muslims.

    Jim Hanson, executive vice president of the anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy, argued for heightened policing of Muslim communities because the New York attacker was “conducting jihad” and “saying Allahu Akbar.” Hanson also baselessly speculated that the Chelsea neighborhood of New York was targeted because it “is a prominently gay area” and claimed that “there’s a decent chance that this might have been another attempt to attack the gay community.” Hanson has regularly appeared on Fox to spread fears about Islam and terror. 

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends to fearmonger about refugees and immigration, claiming that President Obama’s policy of “letting people in by the thousands and tens of thousands” will lead to terror attacks “happen[ing] perhaps more and more all over the country.”

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to Trump and a Fox regular, exploited the attacks to call for surveilling the Muslim community, adding that it “is absolute nonsense” to say that going “into these communities” for that purpose is Islamophobic. Flynn suggested that heightened surveillance of Muslim communities doesn’t occur because of “political correctness” and that “political correctness kills. It will cause death.” Fox has a record of responding to terror attacks by pushing profiling and mosque surveillance, which have been found to be ineffective and, according to the ACLU, lead to stigma, interference with religious worship, fear, free speech violation, and damaged relationships with law enforcement.

    Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich claimed that the government is letting refugees come “into the country unvetted from terrorism hotspots all over the world,” even though the United States has a rigorous and stringent vetting process for refugees and immigrants.

    Fox News consistently turns to fearmongering, anti-Muslim narratives after terror attacks, adopting racially charged rhetoric and recycling distorted lies about Muslims and refugees. Fox hosts and guests exploited the European refugee crisis and used the Paris terrorist attacks to stoke fears about admitting refugees into America; conservatives used Fox to advocate for profiling Muslim Americans following the San Bernardino, CA, shooting; and right-wing pundits twisted the Brussels attack to whip up anti-Muslim fears.

  • VIDEO: Inside The “Alt-Right’s” White Nationalist, Pro-Trump Press Conference

    “We Have Not Been Made By Trump, But We Want To Make Trump”

    Blog ››› ››› CARLOS MAZA & COLEMAN LOWNDES

    On September 9, three of the country’s most notorious white nationalists held a press conference in Washington, D.C., titled “What Is The Alt-Right?” The event, organized by the white nationalist “think tank” the National Policy Institute (NPI), came in response to growing media interest in the “alt-right” movement. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has helped mainstream the racist movement, including by hiring Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen Bannon as his campaign CEO. As the Southern Poverty Law Center has noted, under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart has “has been openly promoting the core issues of the Alt-Right, introducing these racist ideas to its readership.”

    The press conference, which mixed plainly racist propaganda with praise for Trump’s campaign, highlights the “alt-right’s” desire to become a mainstream, professional, and legitimate part of American politics. Trump’s extreme position on immigration and other issues has propelled members of the “alt-right” into the spotlight, giving them unprecedented access to news networks and national audiences.

    But while the speakers at the conference acknowledged that the movement had been “riding [Trump’s] coattails,” they also made clear that they weren’t interested in being a “Trump cheerleading squad.” For them, this election is an opportunity to make the case for a pro-white political agenda that goes far beyond 2016. “The ideas of the alt-right are gaining ground rapidly, Trump or no Trump,” said one speaker. “We are gaining ground because we are right.”