The Unite The Right rally took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017. It was a gathering of racist Alt right groups including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, neo-Confederates, and militia, all of whom were butt hurt over the potential removal of a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee. The following day, violence broke out between counter protesters and the rally goers. Neo-Nazi, James Fields Jr., a member of Van Guard America, drove a Dodge vehicle through a crowd of antifascist protesters, injuring dozens, and killing one Heather Heyer.
Dana Loesch, Queen of The Butt Hole Brigade, was butt hurt that she and the sacred NRA had been called out as potential domestic threats because of her fascist-style videos by representative Kathleen Rice:
“The NRA’s message no longer has anything to do with protecting second amendment rights. Their leaders and spokespeople are depicting the United States on the brink of a civil war and are actively encouraging violence against political activists.
“That’s extremely troubling to all law-abiding gun owners and NRA members. We’re not afraid to call this behavior from the NRA’s leadership exactly what it is.”
Dana Loesch knows a good opportunity when she sees one. The opportunity to play the innocent victim, to gain sympathy from simpletons who are incapable of comprehending simple facts. And most of her unhinged hordes of gun nut followers fit that description to a T. They’re completely incapable of receiving any criticism without falling apart. At the mildest rebuke they squeal like stuck pigs.
Matt Vespa also seems incapable of comprehending what he reads.
“That’s just insane,” he complains.
“Loesch called on Rice to resign over these remarks…”
Here’s the thing. It’s not insane, nor should Rice resign. That would have been insane. Rice did not call law-abiding gun owners domestic threats. She stated very clearly that fascist behavior from the NRA leadership ‘is troubling to all law abiding gun owners and NRA members’. But Dana – like a vampire is allergic to sunlight – seems to be allergic to facts. She would rather play the innocent victim, and her supporters in the media, like Vespa, will gladly stroke her narcissistic ego.
Vespa goes on to say:
“Let’s get one thing straight: the people who rallied in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s home are not part of the mainstream conservative movement. They’re not conservatives. They’re not Republicans. That being said, it hasn’t stopped the Left from engaging in intellectually lazy and appallingly stupid hot takes, like saying we’re all Nazis. Then again, it’s their default go to. I guess we’re all Nazis over the next couple of weeks.”
I have no idea if any of the people who marched in Charlottesville were mainstream conservative Republicans or not. But I do know mainstream conservatives have a lot more in common with them whether they like or not, or whether they will admit it or not.
All one has to do is watch Fox News and other mainstream conservative media to know that they have a lot in common. A lot more. Anyone who is familiar with Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Jeanine Pirro, are by now familiar with their segments on changing white demographics, how white America is threatened by an invasion of brown people, as a prelude to white genocide. Fox News commentators have been pushing this garbage for years. They would have you believe that any talk of white demographic changes that is threatened by illegal and legal immigration, has nothing to do with white nationalism. They would have you believe that white supremacy is just a hoax, a conspiracy theory, or just isn’t that big of a deal, that the left is making a mountain out of a mole hill.
I wonder where mainstream conservatives, who claim to have nothing in common with the alt-Right, with white supremacists, get such ideas? Could it be through hob-nobbing with white supremacists? It’s now known through Media Matters, that Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller featured articles written by well -known white supremacists, including none other than one of the organizers of the Unite The Right rally, one Jason Kessler, who published three articles prior to the march. Maybe this is part of the reason why readers of The Daily Stormer and other white nationalist sites, are such big fans of Tucker Carlson, and other Fox News commentators.
Fox News has also featured well-known white nationalist Michelle Malkin as a regular guest and contributor. Malkin is a regular writer for VDARE, a white nationalist website, which after Charlottesville, allegedly published an article blaming the violence on Antifa. But still, mainstream conservatism has nothing in common with the alt-Righters who marched in Charlottesville, proudly waving Nazi and Confederate flags. No, certainly not.
So, we have the conservatives who claim to have nothing in common with white supremacists and their ideology, whining about disingenuous leftists painting them all as Nazis, even as they have gladly smeared the entire Left of antisemitism through criticism of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, and guilt by association with figures like Louis Farrakhan, and Jeremiah Wright.
Then we have clowns like Arthur Schaper, he of the anti-LGBT hate group, MassResistance, and a sycophantic Trumpite, who wrote an article for Town hall titled: Charlottesville: A Clash Of Left VS Left? in which he made the astonishingly stupid argument that it was really two groups of left-wing socialists that clashed in Charlottesville, and that Jason Kessler was really a left- wing Obama supporter. To prove his argument, which didn’t prove his argument at all, he linked to a Prager U video hosted by the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles , attempting to make a connection between the alt-Right and the Left.
This just goes to show how low Town hall has set the bar for publishing standards – the bottom of the barrel. And this is supposed to be a respectable conservative publication that features a plethora of writers that defend Republicans, and complain all day long how Democrats and the Left are destroying democracy as we know it.
There were other mainstream conservatives who promoted conspiracy theories that the Left was responsible for organizing Charlottesville and killing Heather Heyer, including Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit, Rush Limburger, and several Republican congressmen, such as Paul Gosar, and dopey Louie Gohmert.
Then we had race-baiting Barbie, Tomi Lasagna, who not too long ago referred to Black Lives Matter as the new KKK, who self-righteously chided the clueless Left on social media:
“You should be ashamed of yourselves. That kind of nonsense is uncalled for, especially when we’ve made it crystal clear we do not support, condone, or associate with hate groups or white supremacists! What good do you think you’re doing? It’s this phony identity politics that lost you the election. The average Trump supporter is not a Nazi or white supremacist. The average supporter is a hard working American who believes in limited government, personal responsibility, a strong military, a strong border, American jobs, and America first. The fact that you sit behind your keyboards and continue to demonize and write us all of as deplorables, bigots, racists, and white nationalists might be a funny joke to you. It might make you feel big inside. But it’s bullshit and you know it.”
She’s a classic case in bad arguments and contradictions. ‘Conservatives have made it clear they do not support, condone, or associate with hate groups and white supremacists.’ I’m not so sure about that. I’ve already demonstrated that many of them have indeed associated with WS, and parrot some of their talking points. But to be fair to Tomi, she isn’t very intelligent and seldom knows what she’s talking about, so she can’t be taken too seriously.
Then there are pseudo-intellectuals like Michael Knowles, who starred in a Prager University video arguing that the alt-Right shares way more in common with the big bad Left than mainstream, traditional conservatism because they both engage in extreme identity politics, the Left the inclusion of all, and the alt- Right the exclusion of all but white Europeans.
This is incredibly stupid and disingenuous. According to this line of thinking, those who are the most patriotic, progressives; those who care the most about free speech; those who wish and actually work to improve the lives of the average working class American; those who embrace everyone as Americans, whether they’re black, brown, Asian, white, LGBTQ, or transgender; those who fight against fascism and authoritarianism, are somehow more of a threat to the liberal values of freedom, and liberty.
In other words, those who are the most anti-thetical to fascism, racism and bigotry – liberals, progressives, and Leftists – are the true fascists, racists and bigots, and therefore have far more in common with the Nazis, and Neo -Confederates who marched in Charlottesville, while those – mainstream conservatives – who actually share far more common in goals with the alt-Right – antisemitism, Islamophobia, the ethnic purge of non whites – the fear that subhuman Mexicans and other non-whites are invading America to replace white people, steal jobs, and bring crime and drugs – pushing anti-LGBT, and transgender rhetoric, that they’re abominations. The alt-Right and mainstream conservatives share far more in common than they care to admit. But they would have you believe that there is an alt-Left that is just as extreme, if not more so than the alt-Right.
For decades, mainstream conservative media has portrayed progressives as anti-American, Marxists, communists, Nazis, authoritarians, and every dirty name they can smear them with. Ever since the Unite The Right rally, they’ve ironically complained that the Left has unfairly smeared them all as Nazis, the very same thing they’ve been doing to progressives.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to the presidency of Barack Obama – smearing him as a radical, extremist Marxist, communist, Muslim, who hates America and everything it stands for, when in reality he was a centrist, corporatist Democrat, whose policies we’re neo-liberal – was no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The conservative media freak out to the arrest of Henry Louis Gates – after Obama had the audacity to comment on the case, to accuse him of anti-white racism – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right, whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The conservative media freak out over Ebola – that Obama was deliberately allowing it into the US as payback for slavery, a distraction to confiscate guns, to announce marshal law and throw millions into Fema camps, etc., etc – was no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream right and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to Obama’s comments on Trayvon Martin – to again accuse Obama of race-baiting – was virtually no different than that of the alt -Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson – to accuse the former president of inciting riots, and violence against law enforcement – was virtually no different than the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream Right, and the alt-Right, whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to the killings of law enforcement officers in Louisiana, Dallas, and New York – to again blame Obama, and Black Lives Matter – was virtually the same as that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest – to accuse him of disrespect and anti-Americanism – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right and the Alt Right? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to Black Lives Matter – accusing them of inciting racial hatred toward white people, that they’re the new KKK, that they’re the Left’s equivalence of the alt-Right – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to the Charleston Church shooting by Dylann Roof – that it had nothing to do with the Confederate flag whatsoever – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to mass migration by south Americans – to demonize, incite hatred for, and spread conspiracy theories about – is virtually the same as that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream conservative Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to Charlottesville – to shift the blame for the violence onto the Left – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the mainstream Right, and the alt-Right whom they claim to despise? I don’t see it.
The mainstream conservative media freak out to the El Paso shooting – that it had nothing to do with mainstream conservative racism – was virtually no different than that of the alt-Right. Where is the moral distinction between the two? I don’t see it.
Not all mainstream conservatives are neo-Nazi, white supremacists. That’s obvious. But for those who claim to despise, and claim to be the antithesis of everything they stand for, they sure seem to have no problem playing defense on their behalf – defending the Confederate flag and statues, giving platform to white nationalists, repeating their talking points, and their conspiracy theories – while hyping those who oppose them – Antifa, and Black Lives Matter – as the real danger, the real threat to democracy, is not very convincing.
Ever since the formation of Black Lives Matter, conservatives who claim they’re not racist, have had no problem smearing them as racist. Not long after Charlottesville, Dana Loesch said on her radio show, “Don’t think for one second that Antifa and Black Lives Matter are somehow more virtuous than the alt-Right. It’s all the same stuff.” She also once tweeted that all lives matter. She was harsher in her criticism against the protesters in Ferguson – I wonder why – than the racists in Charlottesville, whom she had no criticism for. She even wrote a letter in response to the Ferguson protesters, but had no such response for the Charlottesville Nazis and white supremacists who actually murdered a young woman. It’s obvious that she views black peaceful protesters as more violent and more of a threat than white racist protesters.
Dana Loesch and her ilk see no value in black lives. If they did, they would support Black Lives Matter instead of spreading propaganda about what they really stand for. They’re more than happy to smear and compare a movement that advocates for civil rights for people of color, to the white identity racists who marched in Charlottesville, because they are racist. They can claim they are not racist, but when they compare Black Lives Matter to the KKK, white supremacist terrorist organization, and accuse them of playing the same type of racial identity politics that they themselves engage in by claiming that white conservative America is under attack by an invasion of migrants that will displace them, and inciting fear and hatred of Black Lives Matter, that they are going to start a race war – they’re fooling no one but their idiot viewers.
They can say they despise the alt-Right. They can claim it’s not conservative. They can claim it’s not Republican. They can cry about how they’re falsely being smeared even as they smear the Left as violent racists. They can claim the Left, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter are the moral equivalent of neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. They can claim that Black Lives Matter, and Antifa are the real terrorists, even as they willingly give legitimacy to white nationalists on their radio and TV shows. They’re not fooling anyone but idiots who they have indoctrinated with their propaganda.
Ironically, since before Charlottesville, Loesch and her ilk in the media have been accusing the Left of being violent – with no evidence to back up the claim. On the other hand, according to the Anti-Defamation League, right-wing violence has been on the rise for years… far, far outweighing that of the Left, and yet the NRA has produced several propaganda videos exaggerating a non-existent threat from a so-called violent Left bent on destroying American democracy because they dare to criticize the NRA, and disagree with how the current administration is running things… tells me everything I need to know about Dana Loesch and her ilk: they are everything they have ever accused the Left of being – un American, fascist authoritarians.