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This week I had an article published about how white supremacists have taken over the GOP. My thesis is that this takeover puts American democracy in danger, makes America vulnerable to attack from hostile foreign actors, and puts American lives in danger.
Unfortunately just this week we've seen multiple examples of how that plays out in American public life. Starting with a deadly mass shooting where the shooter's so-called manifesto was merely parroting language Trump and the far-right use regularly.
If you were wondering, like I was, is there data indicating that President Trump's tweets spur hate crimes? Scientific American's analysis suggests that they do. At least when it comes to Islamaphobic hate crimes. scientificamerican.com/article/do-tru…
Trump's racist attacks against members of Congress, who are people of color, from the perch of the White House, is incitement. He's inciting his white supremacist base to violence. And he's using the megaphone of the Presidency to do it.
The strategy is intentional. Trump has determined that to win in 2020 he needs to keep his base engaged. Either he doesn't care that this strategy incites violence of he sees it as a feature instead of a bug. morningconsult.com/2019/04/19/202…
But incitement is just the tip of the iceberg. CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that the White House “rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority.” cnn.com/2019/08/07/pol…
Even though Trump’s own FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress just a couple of weeks ago that the majority of domestic terrorism incidents this year were inspired by White Supremacy. salon.com/2019/07/24/fbi…
The Trump administration has also refused to share data about domestic terrorism inspired by white supremacy to Congress, making it harder for them to provide oversight. news.yahoo.com/heres-the-data…
And as I write about in my article, Republican members of Congress turned the one Congressional hearing on domestic terrorism into a circus bu inviting Candace Owens to testify. progressive.org/magazine/the-t…
Fun fact about Owens' appearance, also from my article. It gave the New Zealand shooter's so-called manifesto even more visibility. Essentially Republicans used a Congressional hearing about domestic terrorism to amplify a terrorist.
There are also white supremacists working in the Trump Administration. @mmfa's @ehananoki has outed quite a few of them. And just this week @splcenter's @MichaelEHayden broke a wild story of a white nationalist organizer who works at the State Department. splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019…
State Department dude didn't merely have white supremacist views. He helped organize Unite the Right in Charlottesville. H/T to @UR_Ninja for that scoop. unicornriot.ninja/2019/exposed-s…
Meanwhile, y'all know how the GOP is always whining about "conservative bias" and "conservative censorship" on social media? Which is thinly veiled code to give cover to hate speech and extremists. Take a look at this.
That's right, less than a week after El Paso, we learn that the Trump Administration wants the FCC to monitor social media. They're going to protect their base's ability to spread hate, harassment, and harm online. Which again puts the rest of us in danger.
Going to wrap this up but keep in mind that I'm just recapping one week. And I didn't even touch on law enforcement or state and local politics.
In my article, I talk about two far-right figures in Washington State who have built local and political power: James Allsup and State Senator Matt Shea. But there are GOP candidates and electeds across the country who have white supremacist views and who can effect local policy.
As a nation, we need to examine the far-right's growing political power and cultural influence in American life. I know this feels like partisan politics to some (I got pushback this week) but it isn't. This isn't a Democratic or a Republican problem. It's an American problem.
My article also didn't get into the far-right as a global movement and how what's happening in America is happening in other countries too (though if you read CARD we talk about that a lot). This NYT piece from @Jo_Becker does a great job outlining that.
@Jo_Becker Well, I guess it's time to revive this thread because the Department of Justice is sending out links to VDare to their employees. buzzfeednews.com/article/hameda…
@Jo_Becker This is the thread that never ends. Yes, it goes on and on my friend. buzzfeednews.com/article/hameda…
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