After Trump’s nomination by the Republican Party hate crimes began to increase. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported an 800 percent rise by inauguration day 2017.
In 2018 our nation experienced an increase in the activity of white nationalist groups who I believe should be on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of ‘terrorists.’ It gets worse.
2019 experienced twice as many white supremacist activities as 2018. These anti-Americans are obviously emboldened by having their leader in the White House.
Recruitment is up in all hate groups, and those who watch the activities of these groups closely, believe that the numbers would be higher if the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, had not occurred.
Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State-Santa Barbara told The New York Times that many white supremacists shifted their organizing to more “underground” activities where they were less exposed.
“After Charlottesville, white supremacist organizations were left reeling and splintered organizationally by adverse publicity, doxxing and legal woes,” Levin said, adding: “Pamphlets and stickers represent the biggest little bang for the buck, enabling them to stir the pot somewhat, but with little risk of arrest.”
Immediately after his illegitimate election Trump displayed his belief in white nationalism. His first three choices for his administration were Steve Bannon, Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions, and Reince Priebus.
Priebus was the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. His selection as Chief of Staff was questionable, but not controversial.
Sessions was controversial from day one as Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. He is a well-known racist who had been denied a federal judgeship 30 years previously based on his bigoted actions and words. Choosing a radical white nationalist made a statement; Trump would surround himself with like-minded men and women going forward. Sessions was later fired by Trump, not for his beliefs, but because he refused to break with tradition and the law and obey Trump’s demands.
Bannon’s history is filled with hate speech. Prior to joining another racist’s campaign, Ted Cruz, Bannon was the manager of ‘Breitbart,’ a white supremacist blog and radio broadcast.
Breitbart’s primary donor was billionaire Robert Mercer. When Mercer brought his money to Cruz’ campaign, Bannon followed. In August of 2016, after Cruz ended his attempt to win the nomination, Mercer, Bannon, and ‘spin doctor’ Kellyanne Conway moved to Trump’s failing campaign.
As Trump’s “policy adviser,” Bannon was influential in the beginnings of targeting Hispanics for deportation, and a ban on Muslims from multiple countries entering the United States of America.
Later he added well-known bigots like Betsy DeVos, Wilbur Ross, Steve Mnuchin, Stephen Miller, and others to his cabinet and advisory staff.
Trump’s hate rallies have become more vile and obvious. He continues personal attacks on his critics for telling the truth and encourages anger, hatred, and violence. Tens of thousands of lies have become the norm and acceptable to his supporters. It is obvious that they share in his personal beliefs of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, and sexism.
The right-wing has one powerful enemy in 2020: the truth. Supporting Trump is unacceptable. 52 Republican senators proved that they are not loyal Americans when they violated their oath of office on February 7th. The evidence which would have removed the worst president in history from the White House was overwhelming. They refused to do the right thing and acquitted their president. Moscow Mitch McConnell added credence to my claim that he is a traitor to the American people.
Please vote on November 3rd and take your country back.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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