The past several months have been difficult for Steve Bannon, the disheveled, wannabe Machiavelli of American politics. Late last summer he was unceremoniously fired from his senior post in the Trump White House, then the candidate he backed in the Alabama special Senate election suffered a historic defeat under the weight of credible reports of sexual assault, and then he was evicted from his chairmanship of Breitbart News.
Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there’s a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of color. Two of the victims were Black while one was Latina.
The rise of far-right extremism on the shadowy corners of the internet is a legitimate concern for those who value tolerance, peace and progress. Now a new study from the ADL’s Center for Extremism reports that radical white nationalist organizations are not content simply to congregate online; increasingly, they are spewing their hatred in traditional, highly visible public banners.
The 36-year-old Parrott recently learned Heimbach and his wife had been having an affair, which they insisted was over. Parrott’s wife and stepdaughter lured Heimbach to a setup at their Paoli trailer to see if he would agree to continue the affair, and Parrott and the stepdaughter waited outside and watched through a window.
When President Donald Trump met with lawmakers at the end of February to discuss “school and community safety,” he chided his fellow Republicans for being “afraid” of the National Rifle Association. Now that Trump has revealed his proposal for addressing gun violence in schools, it’s clear that he’s the one who is afraid.
President Donald Trump’s former top political advisor Steve Bannon had some choice bits of advice for members of France’s far-right National Front Party on Saturday as he told them they should embrace those who criticize them as racists and xenophobes and wear those charges as a “badge of honor” as opposed to something to deny or defend against.
Conservative website The Daily Caller’s decision to publish an op-ed in which infamous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska attacks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into interference with the 2016 presidential election drew harsh criticism from journalists but quickly earned a link on The Drudge Report. Drudge regularly promotes Russian propaganda, providing more than 400 links to the websites of Russian state-media outlets RT, Sputnik, and Tass since 2012.
Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned this week, and Trump bid him farewell by using what amounts to an anti-Semitic slur at a cabinet meeting. Cohn, who did not resign after Trump called Nazis “very fine people,” finally quit this week after Trump announced tariffs that could lead to a trade war.
The action comes after ProPublica reports detailing the organization’s terrorist ambitions and revealing that the California man charged with murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student found buried in an Orange County park earlier this year, was an Atomwaffen member.
CNN reported on March 3 that it had “discovered ads on InfoWars’ channels from companies and organizations such as Nike (NKE), Acer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Network, the Mormon Church, Moen, Expedia (EXPE), Alibaba (BABA), HomeAway, Mozilla, the NRA, Honey, Wix and ClassPass.” Many companies that were running ads on Jones’ YouTube channel told CNN that they terminated the ads after being made aware of them.
Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is reportedly one strike away from being totally banned from YouTube for spreading the conspiracy theory that survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting were “crisis actors.” In response to the threat, Jones is attacking YouTube for supposed censorship and defending himself by contending that he never “called the students crisis actors.”
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was forced to resign his position on the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation’s board of directors after country music fans rose up in resistance. Citing his long history of homophobia and hate, country fans were clear in their opposition to Huckabee’s appointment.
On the heels of an exodus of NRA business partners, Trump ally Alex Jones is facing his own financial backlash for attacking teen survivors of the Florida school shooting. Jones was recently reprimanded for promoting the sick conspiracy theory that survivors of the shooting are actors. CNN contacted his advertisers for comment, which is how many of them learned their ads were appearing on his videos.
As part of a disturbing Republican pattern of stances against protecting children, a Kentucky bill to outlaw child marriage has stalled due to opposition from an outside conservative group. The Family Foundation of Kentucky is against the legislation based on spurious worries about “parental consent.” And that has led Republicans in the state legislature to hold up the bill’s passage.
President Donald Trump’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends, has all but ignored multiple noteworthy stories regarding potential criminal conduct by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Since the morning of February 28, Fox News’ flagship morning show has spent a grand total of 22 seconds discussing Kushner’s downgraded security clearance while entirely avoiding three other bombshell reports about him.
There are especially bad times for a government agency to spend $31,561 on a table and chairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development learned after The New York Times reported on Tuesday that it spent as much on a dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017.
Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is crushing his opponent, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in fundraising. In the most recent federal filings, Cruz pulled in $800,000 while O’Rourke nearly tripled that with a $2.3 million haul. But beyond the top line numbers, there is more trouble for Cruz: He has spent $1.2 million, far above the amount he raised.
New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney was caught blaming Democrats for mass shootings, and when she was asked for proof, she claimed the media and liberals were out to get her and fellow NRA supporters. During a talk radio show on WGDJ discussing gun rights and the Parkland shooting, Tenney…
Discussing the Parkland, FL, shooting with ABC host George Stephanopolous, Loesch recycled the NRA lie that the organization “created” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In reality, the NRA fiercely opposed the 1993 Brady background check bill, which created NICS, and continued to lobby against it after its passage.
It was near the end of the Conservative Political Action Conference, at the end of four adulatory days on the Maryland shore, that President Trump received a rare dose of criticism from one of the conservative speakers on the main stage. The criticism, from writer Mona Charen, came during a panel titled “#UsToo: Left out by the Left.”
MetLife insurance and Symantec both said they will no longer work with the organization. Delta and United Airlines both announced the end of their NRA discount programs. And car rental companies Hertz, Enterprise, and Budget ended their affiliations, as well.
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele had a fiery exchange on Saturday with Matt Schlapp, the head of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), after another CPAC official made a very public — and very racist — remark about Steele at the annual gathering of far-right ideologues.
ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown.
Seen as inexcusably rigid in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the NRA is losing numerous business partners over their fear of incurring the public’s wrath. The First National Bank of Omaha, the largest private bank in the country, was the first to announce a split with the organization Thursday, saying it will end its NRA Visa Card contract.
In a speech to conservatives at a convention outside Washington, he also bashed opposition Democrats for failing to back his proposal for putting 1.8 million so-called “Dreamer” immigrants on a pathway to citizenship in exchange for tightening border security and severely restricting legal immigration.