The statue of Robert E. Lee, the treasonous general who led confederate soldiers against the Union in defense of slavery, was removed from its pedestal Saturday.
Erected in 1924, it stood as a reminder that African Americans were no more than second class citizens in their own country. In the summer of 2017, it served as a background for racists of all stripes on the far alt-right to march on Charlottesville, that culminated in the death of liberal activist Heather Heyer.
Activists have been attempting to get the statue removed for years. The most recent attempt to get it removed began in 2016, with a petition by a high school student by the name of Zyahna Bryant. The Charlottesville city council voted to remove it in 2017, but the petition was blocked by a lawsuit.
“To the young people out there, I hope that this empowers you to speak up on the issues that matter, and to take charge in your own cities and communities,” Bryant said Saturday before the statue was removed. “No platform for white supremacy. No platform for racism. And no platform for hate.”
The CCC also voted to remove a statue commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition. Both the Lee Statue and the Lewis and Clark, were donated by Paul Goodloe McIntyre in 1919.
A White House spokesperson said that president Biden was down with the removal of both statues.
“As president Biden has said, there is a difference between reminders and remembrances of history,” the spokesperson said. “The president believes that monuments to Confederate leaders belong in museums, not in public places, and welcomes the removal of the statues today.”
In a Saturday interview with CBS News, Bryant also said she was pleased with the removal of the statues.
“This is only a first step,” she said. “It’s a monumental first step, but only a first step. We’re no longer offering a platform for white supremacy.”
Laura Ingraham, host of the ground breaking Ingraham Angle, asked her viewers during a recent episode how pro-life Christian conservatives would react to abortion rights cases.
“Now, imagine if some of these protesters were peaceful, but others came to cause real trouble. Imagine if they threw bottles of cement, bricks, and shot fireworks. Imagine if they used lasers at federal officials who were protecting the building. Imagine if they made Molotov cocktails and set cars on fire and that they did this night after night.”
Imagine if conservatives pointed guns at federal agents and threatened to murder them. Imagine what would happen if conservatives had gathered at state capitol buildings armed to the teeth to protest lock down orders. Imagine what would happen if conservatives refused to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19, and they did it day after day, making spectacles of themselves in grocery stores for all the world to see.
Imagine if America had a president who refused to wear a mask, who refused to take the crises seriously, while thousands of people died, all the while repeating the lie that his response to the pandemic has been excellent.
Imagine if we had a news media that claimed COVID was a Democratic hoax to bring down our greatest American president.
Imagine what would happen if conservatives had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, and somehow wound up running over a counter protester. Imagine if the president referred to them as very fine people. Imagine if conservative media had willingly played defense for them. Imagine if conservatives radicalized by what they hear and see on social media, walked into churches, synagogues, and mosques armed with assault weapons.
Imagine if pro-life conservatives had ever engaged in violence against Planned Parenthood clinics, destruction of property, including arson, firebombing, vandalism, and kidnapping, assault, attempted murder and murder, all in the name of their pro-life beliefs.
Imagine what would happen if conservatives ever behaved this way? Laura Ingraham wants you to believe the media would unfairly demonize them as violent and call for them to be arrested and prosecuted, and celebrate it because they’re hypocrites.
But we all know conservatives would never behave this way. It’s really those liberals and progressives who often travel in mindless hordes of violent, angry mobs – looking to lynch and kill anyone who dares have an independent thought contrary to their own – that we have to worry about. It’s those radical, freedom-loving antifascist, milkshake throwing college kids ( who haven’t a single murder connected to them ) who are the real terrorists, the true fascists, not the actual fascists and Nazis – some of whom do have murders connected to them ), and many of whom are proud supporters of the current president.
Imagine if he called them terrorists and told them he didn’t want their support. Conservatives like Ingraham would lose their minds.
“Imagine conservatives upset by the injustice of abortion or upset by the school closures or anything for that matter. Imagine if they did anything close to this.”
There is no need to imagine. Anyone who isn’t a Kool aid drinking, Fox News viewer, knows the answer.
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 Townhall 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 samething 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.
Did you know that since the election of Donald Trump, the average American has been more prosperous? That’s right. Not only are they right up there with the richest Americans, but black unemployment is practically nonexistent! So much so that they’re out daily dancing in the streets singing praises to the Greatest President Who Ever Lived In The White House.
Just as Obama’s economic policies did little for black, and white middle class Americans, Trump’s have been no better. But conservatives would have you believe he has done far, far more for minorities.
When a hurricane hit Puerto Rico in the eighties, Trump allegedly provided a plane to get supplies down there, when nobody else was willing to do so, according to Andrew Stein. So, how can he be racist?
Stein fails to mention one of Trump’s first scandals, the mismanagement and handling of Hurricane Maria, with the initial estimated death toll to be about seventy, or thereabouts, but in the aftermath, went up close to three thousand. During a visit to Puerto Rico he made a fool of himself by throwing paper towels to survivors. Again, if this had taken place under the Obama administration, and especially if he had made a spectacle of himself by throwing paper towels, mainstream conservative media would have ridiculed him to no end, and rightly so. But since it was Trump, he got a free pass from his sycophantic, fawning supporters in the media.
Does this in itself prove that the president is racist? I’ll leave that up to others to decide. But it does prove that he is incompetent. Thousands of Americans died, and he failed to take responsibility.
Stein’s explanation that Trump blaming Congressman Cummings for the conditions of his district simply because he represents it, and that it has nothing to with race, is laughable to say the least. Cummings merely represented his district in Congress and was hardly responsible for municipal governance. The truth is, Trump conveniently attacked him because Cummings had the audacity to criticize him on his border policy. If Obama ( or any Democrat ) had blamed a white conservative for the crime, drugs, and poverty in his or her district, how would conservative media have reacted? They would have lost their s**t. They would have cried bloody murder. Mark Levin would be screaming in his incredibly annoying, nasally tone about Obama’s hatred for white people, just as he did when Obama expressed sympathy for the family of Trayvon Martin, and when he called a white cop stupid for arresting Dr. Gates in his own home. Jeanine Pirro would be claiming that he was making race relations worse since slavery and Jim Crow, just as she did when Obama called for calm and peace during the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson. Every time Obama urged calm, he was accused of worsening the racial divide.
Likewise, Stein failed to mention Trump’s initial response to the violence in Charlottesville. When he equated the Antifa and other leftist protesters to the Charlottesville Nazis, mainstream conservative media praised his response ( as did actual Nazis and white supremacists ), but did not accuse him of worsening the racial divide. They blamed his critics, the so-called liberal media, fake news, Democrats, liberals, progressives, and anyone and anything that wasn’t Trump, and the Nazis. Prager University even produced a propaganda video contradicting the media’s accurate coverage of Trump’s response to the event. Obama’s responses to the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson, were a lot more responsible than Trump’s response to Charlottesville, but again, it was Trump, a multi-millionaire Republican, so he was not to blame. And, according to some conservatives, like rep. Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, and a few others, it was really Obama and the Democrats who orchestrated the Charlottesville rally, and the violence to make conservatives look racist.
“I truly do not believe Barack Obama is a racist – but some of his actions during his presidency could make people wonder.“
Those who were spoon fed a steady diet of Obama hates America, Obama hates white people, Obama is a Muslim, Obama hates law enforcement, would more than just wonder. They would believe the propaganda over the facts. Those who actually looked into the nonsense over the Reverend Wright controversy, knew that it was nothing more than a smear attempt to make him look racist, by guilt by association, as they did with Farrakhan. They knew nothing about the truth that Wright spoke of in his sermons. All they heard were the sound bites that right-wing media gleefully played over and over.
“In addition, President Obama had Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the country’s highest profile race baiters as a guest in the White House dozens of times.”
Again, regular Fox viewers, and readers of right-wing blogs, like The Gateway Pundit, or World Net Daily, were also fed a steady dose that Sharpton is also a prolific racist because he sometimes sticks his nose in matters of race, where it doesn’t belong. Sharpton definitely has his own issues with race. But to compare him to old school racists like Pat Buchanan – as some have done – is absurd. And to suggest that Obama inviting him to the White House, meeting with Farrakhan, and attending the church of Reverend Wright, are far worse than anything Trump has said or done, is just bogus.
I can think of worse people who have been invited to the White House since Trump became president. SpongeTed Squishy Pants ( who insists to this day that he never crapped himself to avoid the draft ), Jeanine Pirro, Sarah Palin, and the overrated, and irrelevant Rush Limburger, who was recently awarded the Medal Freedom! The Four Stooges are notorious race baiters, rabid anti-Semites, and Islamophobes, with long histories of racially charged comments that are far worse than anything Sharpton ever said or did, but I haven’t heard a peep from conservatives how having them to the WH sullies the reputation of Donald Trump, or demeans and disrespects the office of the president.
“In order to protect Obama, the media largely ignored these and many other questionable things – but these things happened, and they are far worse than anything Trump has done.
“ The point is that Obama was not a racist but he did things that could be construed as racially divisive – and yet, he was never widely criticized for it, nor was he publicly condemned as a racist.
Obama said things that conservatives interpreted as racially divisive, even when they were not. Obama couldn’t say anything about race without ruffling the feathers of the real race baiters and bomb throwers in the media like the Rush Limburgers, Jeanine Pirros, Michael Savages, and the Glenn Becks, who were always waiting for him to say something slightly racial, just to twist his words and rile up their listeners. They couldn’t wait for him to get into the White House fast enough so they could blame him for the racial divide they helped foster during his presidency.
And to suggest that he was never criticized, or condemned as a racist, is the most bogus claim of all.
After another day of ignoring impeachment proceedings, Mark Levin took to his radio show to complain to his audience of two listeners how the Democrats and their allies were continuing their subversion of American Democracy, by calling Trump a racist, and impeaching him without probable cause.
“Let’s talk about white symmetry!” he said in his silly, nasally tone. “Let’s talk about anti-Semetrics! “Let’s talk about Charlottesville! “Let’s talk about El Pesto! “Let’s talk about the Daytona shooter! “Let’s talk about the Christchurch shooter! “Let’s talk about the Lost Vegas Shooter! “Let’s talk about Charleston Heston! “Let’s talk about the impeachment!
“You know who’s responsible for white symmetry and anti-Semetrics? I’ll tell you who’s responsible. The radical left! That’s right, I said it. Call me and tell me I’m wrong to all the liberal pukes out there who are hunched over in front of their radios, snickering and sneering as they mock the sound of my voice.
“That’s right, you pathetic morons! Clean the wax out of your ears and listen real good, because I’m only gonna say this once. The radical left, Antifa, and their anti-Semetric progressive socialites in Congress are responsible for white symmetry and anti-Semetrics!
“Did you hear that you pathetic little pukes?! If not, then you need to clean all the wax out! Get a Q tip and dig around in there real good. You’ll get it all eventually.
“Now shut the hell up and listen!
“They inspired the El Pesto shooter, not Fox News. They want to bring millions of illegals in to vote for them, for God sake! And make more pesto! I hate pesto!
“They inspired the Daytona shooter, not Trump! It was that socialite Elizabeth Warren who inspired him, for God sake!
“They inspired the Charlottesville Nazis! They wanted to remove a historical statue that had nothing to do with slavery, for God sake!
“They inspired the Christchurch shooter. He said he hated Trump, for God sake! “They inspired the Lost Vegas shooting! The guy worked for Antifa, for God sake!
“They inspired the Charleston Heston shooting! They wanted to kill Christians and blame it on conservatives and Charleston Heston to make them look racist, for God sake!
“They inspired Trump’s impeachment! Not that he did anything wrong, but they simply hate him and want to take all of his peaches away from him because he’s the greatest president who ever lived! They’re the white symmetrists and anti-Semetrics for wanting to impeach him in the first place, for God sake! Don’t you agree, Mr. Producer?”
Mr. Producer: “Not quite. It’s white supremacy, and anti-Semites, not white symmetry, and anti-Semetrics.
“I knew that, Mr. Producer. What do think I am? Stupid?”
While in the middle of a segment on the Kentucky shooting outside a Kroger’s store last October, CNN’s Don Lemon said something that triggered the sensitive feelings of totally not racist right-wingers.
“I keep trying to point out to people not to demonize any one group or ethnicity, ” he told Chris Cuomo. “But we keep thinking the bigger terror threat is something else – some people who are marching toward the border like it’s imminent. The last time they did this, a couple hundred people and they, most of them, didn’t get into the country. Most of them tired out before they reached the border.
“ So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men radicalized to the right, and we have to do something about them. There is no travel ban – you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So, what do we do about that?”
Lemon was making a point when he said he tells people not to demonize ethnic groups – conservatives do it all the time – but of course, that went completely over the heads of his triggered critics. And all it took was one line from his entire comment – the biggest terror threat is white men radicalized to the right – for conservatives to lose their s**t.
Greg Jarrett of Fox News wrote:
“CNN’s Don Lemon has now removed all doubt that he is a racist, hypocrite and an idiot all rolled into one. Quite the accomplishment.”
Meanwhile, over at the Fox News channel there is still some doubt as to whether there is any racism going on. Apparently, no one there has ever referred to asylum seekers as criminals, or animals, even though they are coming here just to see how many of those high paying jobs they can steal, sell drugs to real s**t kicking Americans, spread diseases, and commit as many crimes as possible before they can be caught and sent back. God knows they can’t be coming here to get away from all that same s**t.
Fox pundit Brit Hume wrote:
“I could hardly believe he actually said it. But the video shows he actually did. Remarkable.“
I find it remarkable that not one Republican in media can admit to their own faults or prejudices. When a Democrat says or does something that’s racially insensitive, everyone on the left is held accountable, but when a Republican does it, they accuse leftists of being racist for calling it out. There is no accountability.
I suspect that most conservatives are probably mature enough to admit that Lemon was making some sense. There is no media hysteria over white domestic terrorism, like there is with other forms of terrorism. There is no white guy ban, there are no talks of deportation proceedings whenever a white supremacist shooter walks into a synagogue with an AR-15 screaming about HIAS bringing invaders into America to kill their people. But MAGA chumps are immature and have abandoned all reason and decency when it comes to immigration. Brown skinned people coming across the southern border are nothing more than criminals to them, who should be locked in cages like animals simply for wanting a better shot at life. The right-wing echo chamber has them firmly convinced that refugees and asylum seekers are an invading force that is a prelude to white genocide.
Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist:
“Uhhhhhh… CNN’s Don Lemon: Stop demonizing people. Also, white men are terrorists.”
Right-wing commentators in media have no problem holding all Muslims accountable when an Islamic shooter is involved. But applying the same standards to white domestic terrorists is somehow racist? Sorry, not buying that s**t.
Mark Levin, who, in the past called America’s first black president a racist and anti-Semite, tweeted:
“CNN’s Don Lemon, lunatic.”
Mark Levin calling anyone a lunatic is not only ironic, it’s a hoot given the fact that he spent the entire previous eight years screaming at Obama in his girly, petulant, nasally voice.
Ben Cohen of the Daily Banter wrote this of Levin in 2016: “Levin is a repulsive stereotype of Republican assholishness. His nasally high pitched whining about liberals and gays, passes for political commentary in America. There is no one the joyless Mark Levin hates more than president Obama, a man who represents everything Levin is not. Obama is charismatic, powerful, and charming, while Levin is physically repellent and as likeable as a fart in an elevator. No matter the situation, Levin always finds a way to turn whatever current event may have occurred into an opportunity to attack Obama and ‘leftists’ he believes are trying to destroy America.”
Fox News Christian zealot, Todd Starnes:
“CNN’s Don Lemon: ” The biggest terror thereat in this country is white men. Is that unadulterated racism or bigotry?”
Call it what you will. What’s racist is the constant race baiting that occurs at Fox News, repeating white supremacist rhetoric, and attacking refugees and asylum seekers as criminals, and being less than human.
Donald Trump Jr. had perhaps the dumbest tweet of them all:
Sadly, the real joke in this situation is junior, the real moron. He’s even dumber than his old man, if that’s even possible.
One doesn’t have to imagine if “white men” were replaced with any other demographic. Fox News and other right-wing media have been doing the same thing for years with their “scary brown and black people” narratives, and no one on the mainstream right sees the irony. I guarantee not one right-winger who lost their ever loving minds over this, even noticed the hypocrisy.
From the linked article:
“Fox News contributor Deroy Murdoch said the racism coming from the left and mainstream media has become “breathtaking,” pointing to Lemon’s comment as the latest example.
The claim of racism coming from the left, is bizarre to say the least. Anyone who has been paying attention to the news of late, would know that this is an absurd charge. One has only to watch right-wing media, Fox News in particular, to see the blatant racism, bigotry, and xenophobia on full display. And it is indeed breathtaking. The attacks on four elected progressive congresswomen, the bigotry and death threats they’ve had to put up with simply for daring to be critical of Israel, by an egomaniacal president, and his lap dogs and sycophants in Trump media who shamelessly defend and excuse his bigotry.
“Lemon’s latest spurt of acid is a most unusual plea for national unity. Painting with a roller rather than a broad brush, Lemon slams millions of his fellow Americans. He does not say they are wrong, mistaken, or misinformed. Rather, they are a terror threat.”
Yes, white men radicalized by white supremacist ideology, are indeed a terror threat. That’s simply a fact they refuse to allow to penetrate their overly thick skulls. Recent events have proven that to be the case. But conservatives like Murdoch are only interested in one thing. Advancing the right-wing narrative that only Muslims are terrorists, thereby painting millions of American Muslims with a broad brush when a lone Islamic shooter commits an act of violence. They’re never mentally ill lone wolves like their white counterparts.
“Even worse, Lemon advises, ‘We have to start doing something about them.’ I shudder at the thought of what Lemon has in mind.“
I have no idea what Lemon may have had in mind, if anything. But I do know what conservatives like Murdoch would have done if Lemon had been talking about the Islamic terror threat, or an undocumented immigrant who committed a crime. Instead of calling CNN fake news for once, they would have been creaming themselves in ecstacy, and calling for the round up of every Muslim American, and or immigrant. When it’s a white person, a right-winger radicalized by antisemitism, hatred of Muslims, or hatred of immigrants, circle the wagons and cry racism.
“Lemon has been widely condemned for different rhetoric on Monday’s episode of ‘CNN Tonight’. Lemon injected race into a discussion of topics including the antisemitic, Trump-hating gunman who killed eleven worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last week, and the Trump supporter suspected of sending mail bombs to Democrats.”
So, correctly calling the antisemitic shooter in Pittsburgh, a right-winger, is injecting race? He did that when he decided to target Americans who are Jewish.
“The right-wing group killed a woman in Charlottesville. This guy is a right-winger who killed the people in the synagogue. The right-winger sent bombs to CNN and Democrats. I don’t see Democrats killing people.”
Apparently Steve Scalise, who had recently survived a shooting by a “deranged leftist,” reacted to the fact that no Democrat in recent history had killed anyone, by posting a watching eyes emoji while his spokesperson, Lauren Fine, condemned Lemon’s remark.
She latter told Fox News:
“Steve Scalise was nearly assassinated by a leftist who came to a baseball field with the specific intention of murdering several Republican members of Congress. While that reality may be inconvenient for the narrative that Don Lemon is trying to push, the fact remains that Democrats do in fact have an issue with political violence that cannot be ignored or swept under the rug.”
The reality that is inconvenient for people like Fine, is that the Republican party has a serious problem with political violence, and they have conveniently swept it under the rug. They tell their voting base that groups like Black Lives Matter, and Antifa are a threat to law and order; right-wing opinion commentators tell their viewers that refugees from Guatemala and Honduras are less than human and should be treated like invaders, instead of telling them the reasons why they come here. The truth is, only one party has continuously used dehumanizing and dangerous rhetoric against those they deem to be a threat to their way of life – in this case, Muslims, and immigrants – and their media cohorts have willingly aided and abetted them without consequence.
Murdoch ended his idiotic rant with:
“The American left, of which ‘objective journalist’ Lemon clearly is a leader, is good at only one thing – psychological projection. Rather than contend with their own flaws, they accuse others of bearing them. Lemon and his ilk accuse President Trump of being racist, which serves as an incredibly thin cover for their own racist divisive rhetoric. The only good news here is that the American people increasingly see past the Left’s psychological self delusion and recognize these people as what they are… increasingly violent bigots.”
Murdoch is clearly full of s**t. He knows he’s full of s**t, he just doesn’t care that he’s full of s**t. Claiming that the left are violent bigots, when you have mass shooting after mass shooting coming from the political right, who are spurred on by right-wing media vilification of dark skinned foreigners, clearly demonstrates the hilarity of such a claim.
According to him, it’s Democrats and leftists that are the real racists for accusing the president of being racist. In other words, calling someone a racist is just as bad or worse than actual racism. Fine, let’s go with that.
After the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the Republican party embraced the southern strategy to appeal to racial resentment in white voters. That same strategy was embraced by many Republican voters during the 2018 primaries and midterms. White supremacist Russell Walker ran for the House Of Representatives in North Carolina; Arthur Jones, a Nazi ran, for Illinoi’s third Congressional district; pro confederate candidate, Corey Stewart won Virginia’s Republican primary; Paul Nielen ran for Wisconsin’s fifth district ; John Fitzgerald, ran for California’s eleventh Congressional district.
For years, Republicans have accused the Democrats of perpetrating massive voter fraud, while they themselves have actually engaged in voter suppression tactics by purging eligible voters , claiming it will somehow deter voter fraud, or some such bulls**t. Trump once complained that up to three million undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the last election without providing any evidence.
When Republicans slam the social safety net as racist, that it’s nothing more than a ploy to get the black vote to keep them complacent on the ‘Democratic Plantation, don’t you dare call them racist. Everyone knows it’s racist to help others in time of need, especially black people.
When Republicans claim that the first black president was illegitimate, that he was the least vetted of all the presidents, don’t you dare call them racist. They’re concerned patriots.
When Republicans call the black president a Marxist, and a secret, radical left-wing, socialist Muslim who hated his own country, even though he was a center right Democrat, whose foreign policy was no more radical than George Bush’s, don’t you dare call them racist.
When Republicans claim the black president hated police officers and started a war on them, don’t call them racist. The real racists are that black president who once had the audacity to criticize a white police officer, and black people who dare accuse law enforcement of systemic racism.
When unhinged psychopath, and NRA board member, SpongeTed Squishy Pants encourages well-known political figures he despises to suck on the barrels of his machine guns, and tells Alex Jones that Democrats need to be shot like rabid dogs, don’t you dare call him violent.
When unhinged gun fetishist Dana Loesch tells her viewers that mainstream journalists are the rat bastards of the earth that should be curbed stomped for being critical of Trump, don’t you dare accuse her of inciting violence.
When SpongeTed calls for the shooting of undocumented immigrants, don’t you dare call him violent, or racist. SpongeTed is a great American patriot.
When a smirking, egomaniacal Dana Loesch calls for armed insurrection against Trump critics, don’t you dare accuse her of calling for violence.
When Republicans racially attack elected Congresswomen of color who have dared to be critical of their own government and that of Israel’s government, accusing them of hating their own country, and accusing them of being sympathetic to terrorists, don’t you dare call them Islamaphobic. It’s really ( wink, wink ) all about their policies and nothing to do with the fact that two are Muslim, and one a Latino.
When black people dare complain about systemic racism, and organize to fight against it, they’re called thugs, terrorists, and accused of calling for the deaths of police officers, but don’t you dare call Republicans racist.
When refugees who cross the southern border, or seek asylum at points of entry, are called invaders, murderers, pawns of the Democratic party who want to use them to replace the white demographic, don’t you dare call Republicans racist.
When white domestic shooters, radicalized by the vilification of Muslims, Jews , and undocumented immigrants on right-wing media and social media, shoot up a Mosque, or a synagogue, or target Hispanic and Latino Americans as an invading force that must be eradicated, there is no consequence for right wing media. Don’t you dare call them racist.
When the president of the United States asks his followers how to deal with Hispanic invaders, and someone shouts out shoot them, don’t you dare call them racist.
When the president refers to Nazis who were responsible for the death of a peaceful protester, as fine people, don’t call him a racist.
When a smug Dana Loesch puts Klan hoods on the heads of Thomas The Tank characters to complain about diversity, don’t you dare call her racist.
When Republicans predictably repeat the same talking point, “What about black on black crime?” after every mass shooting, don’t you dare call them racist.
When Fox News pundits tell their viewers that Black Lives Matter are a terrorist group that advocates for the death of police officers, and are more of a threat than white supremacist terrorists that have actually killed, don’t you dare call them racist.
It’s just so unfair to judge them all, to paint them all with a broad brush, even though they wouldn’t hesitate to do the same with a Muslim, a brown skinned immigrant, a black person, a Democrat, or a liberal.
I could paint them all with a broad brush, but I know not all Republicans are racist or bigoted. So, instead, I will call them what they really are. Insensitive, judgmental a**holes, that are not fooling anyone but their gullible viewers with their “racist, violentLeft” bulls**t narrative.
There is too much fucking hate in this world , and in America. What with all that transpired in Charlottesville , Virginia , I wish Donald Trump could have given America this message. It would have been more appropriate coming from him ; he is the president after all. It would have shown true leadership. Instead , it turned out to be Barack Obama. He wasn’t the greatest president. He had his problems. He did things he shouldn’t have done. Things I won’t get into here. But at least he never condoned or made excuses for bigotry.