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Why The GOP Sides With The Klan And The Nazis

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Why The GOP Sides With The Klan And The Nazis


Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Why is it that the president and the vast majority of Republican elected officials are refusing to refer to the white Christian neo-nazis who committed mayhem and murder and, yes, terrorism, as exactly what they are? Why the false equivalence suggesting that antifascists and peace protesters are the same as Nazis and Klan members?

As Holly Yan of CNN summarizes on their website, ISIS has a long history of using vehicles as weapons for terror attacks. London, Stockholm, Nice, Berlin, Jerusalem, and, in North America, St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and Columbus, Ohio.

All these terrorists intentionally used cars or trucks to kill people and inflict maximum terror. All were condemned by Republicans and “conservative” media as “radical Islamic terrorism,” and any number of Republicans, including Trump, milked them for all they were worth.

Yet on August 12, members of the oldest terrorist organization in the United States—the Klan—along with devotees of one of Europe’s most terrible terrorist cults—Nazis—showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia, to reprise the Nazi and Klan traditions of torchlight nighttime parades specifically to create terror. And when asked about it, Trump waffled.

He’ll threaten North Korea with nukes, but won’t even name the terrorists who showed up in Virginia.

And it’s very, very hard to find an elected Republican (who isn’t a presidential wannabe) who will call this what it is: White Christian Racial Terrorism.


The answer is really simple: If you can’t win on issues, you go for what used to be called “wedge issues.”

The Republican Party has basically one goal and one reason for existence right now: to protect and promote the interests of the rich and powerful, be they billionaires or the big corporations that spawn them.

But no Republican will run a TV ad saying, “If elected, I promise to destroy the social safety net and give the money to the billionaires; I promise to increase the levels of pollution and cancer-causing chemicals in our food, air, and water; I promise to block renewable energy and increase your utility bills; I promise to cut the taxes of the fat-cats and record-profitable corporations, while throwing you a bone of a few hundred bucks.”

So what do they do? They create a “coalition.” They do, after all, need voters to put them into power (although it’s getting so tough for them that they have to rely on massive voter suppression among woke communities, and rigged voting machines and tabulators like were used against Governor Don Siegelman).

There are a number of American constituencies that really don’t care how big a tax cuts the billionaires get, whether health care and education are savaged, or how badly our environment is poisoned, because they consider their own issues to be so Far More Important.

These include the antiabortion/misogynists, the white supremacists, the anti-Semites, small-penis gun-nuts, and a very large group of white formerly middle-class people whose livelihoods have been wiped out by Reaganism and the so-called “free trade” policies that have been pushed by Republicans since Nixon.

Republicans need every vote. Even with Nixon committing treason in 1968 to win that election, he knew he still needed the votes of racist whites in the south—thus his new “GOP Southern Strategy” (building on the old “state’s rights” strategy in which, since Reconstruction, white politicians argued that the federal government had no business stopping southern states from literacy tests to vote to criminalizing sitting in a restaurant while black).

Reagan put it on steroids in 1980, when, as his first speech after getting the GOP nomination, he made the same pilgrimage Donald Trump Jr. more recently did to the Nebosha County Fair near Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964.

(Reagan infamously said, there: “I believe in state’s rights; … we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment. And if I do get the job I’m looking for, I’m going to devote myself to trying to reorder those priorities and to restore to the states and local communities those functions which properly belong there.”)

While this sort of racial dog-whistle politics is not new, at least prior to the election of Trump, in previous generations white supremacists wore hoods over their heads and didn’t much go out in public with their hate.

As Lee Atwater, one of Reagan’s main strategists and the father of the “Willie Horton” ads against Michael Dukakis in 1988, told a group of Republican activists in 1980, there was a new way to serve the rich while dog whistling to the rubes—just use “abstract” language:

“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights’ and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now you’re talking about ‘cutting taxes,’ and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the [Republican] racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the ‘busing’ thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’”

This is how Republicans talked for decades when nobody outside the party was listening. “Cutting federal spending” was a wink-and-a-nod for “no more benefits to people of color”—and still is today.

And the white racists who voted for Republicans post-1968 largely only showed their power at election time, and even then they didn’t wear their robes or carry Nazi or Klan symbols to the polls.

But with the election of Trump (whose father was arrested at a 1927 Klan rally), all that changed. After he claimed that “all sides” were engaged in hatred, bigotry, and violence on Saturday, Nazis and Klan members openly celebrated.

We should have seen this coming: a year and a half ago, on CNN, Trump refused to rebuke David Duke and the Klan.

All to get elected. So he could cut the taxes of rich people and let big polluting business and banks have their deregulation. So he could cut his own taxes, for that matter.

You see, when you’re running a scam and need a lot of rubes to win elections, you don’t ever, ever, ever diss your rubes. This is why the GOP won’t talk (other than a few who aspire to higher office) about white supremacy.

The vast majority of the billionaires behind the Republican Party don’t give a rat’s ass about civil rights or the Klan, one way or the other.

They don’t care if working-class women can or can’t get abortions/birth-control, or if Bubba can buy a gun even if he’s certifiably insane (yes, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Trump did that).

They don’t care if the air and water are poisoned: they have super-fancy air filters for their mansions and yachts, and their own water supplies.

They couldn’t care less if Muslims are immigrating into the U.S.

And they certainly don’t give a damn about a dead Confederate general.

But they do care if they have to pay the workers who make them rich a higher minimum wage. They do care if they’re taxed to pay for the health care, education, or housing of poor and working people.

And they hugely care if they’re to be held accountable for the way they’re poisoning our world and paying people to lie to us about it.

So, with the support of a corrupt Supreme Court, they bought the Republican Party. And then got them all to sing the same tunes on the really important (to them) issues: climate change, deregulation/pollution, stealing federal lands, and cutting the top corporate and personal tax rates.

That the GOP would put America through all this racial and civil strife just to protect the interests of the few hundred billionaires and multi-millionaires who own them is mind-boggling.

That the Supreme Court would legalize it is obscene.

And that Trump would play racial politics in America in such a divisive and blatant way from the platform of the presidency proves he’s unfit for office.

Thom Hartmann is a talk-show host and author of over 25 books in print.



  1. plc97477 August 17, 2017

    That explains why the gotp lie a lot. If they told the truth there would be no gotp.

  2. Mama Bear August 17, 2017

    I think it is way more simple than that – Republican Party prerequisite is some degree of racism.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 17, 2017

      thy think them being stupid it wont be their fault

  3. rednekokie August 17, 2017

    100 percent agreed upon. Now we got ’em — how to get rid of ’em?
    I can’t see anything short of another civil war – and that is the last thing I want.

    1. Dapper Dan August 17, 2017

      Unfortunately I think after the violence and death in Charlottesville I’m afraid that’s the catalyst that just started a Civil War. It didn’t help with 45 unloading on the counter protestors to fuel the flames ????

  4. Beethoven August 17, 2017

    Until we have enough people who are willing to ask openly and loudly whether the Republican Party is choosing to be identified as the party of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and who are willing to tell the Republicans we will not vote for you unless and until you unequivocally condemn these groups and anyone who aids them, including and in particular the current president of the U.S., things are simply going to get worse. Unfortunately, I live in a state where the politicians know they can’t win elections if they take such a stand. We have too many white people here who will vote for politicians who promise to crack down on “welfare queens” and government “freeloaders,” and don’t understand that those politicians are voting to cut and shred the safety net those white voters need and depend on.

    1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 17, 2017

      thy don’t need to ID the DUMPSTER DONNY is Doing that them him self . heck thy post things with out the stones to put the DUMPSTER DONNY’S name on there post . thy cuddle the racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist terrorist thy post with out putting the clowns name on it . thy think thy will be able to say to the voters I said something I said something DUMPSTER DONNYS IS IDENTIFIED them and until thy say he’s wrong and tell the and put the clowns name on it that’s when the people might a BIG MIGHT think thy mean it . still don’t think the people will the ones that may believe them are the stupid people that put them clowns in office . the DUMPSTER DONNY AND THE GOP ARE A LOSE LOSEMORE STANDINGS

  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 17, 2017

    Why is it that the president and the vast majority of Republican elected officials are refusing to refer to the white Christian neo-nazis who committed mayhem and murder and, yes, terrorism, as exactly what they are? really this isn’t the question that should be asked the true question is what the hell is wrong with the god dam people in this country ? has the whole country lost their minds ? its not like no one knows or are blind and deaf that thy cant see or hear the news of the country and the world . who’s to blame for every thing ?????/ ill tell you THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AREW THE ONES TO BLAME FOR EVERY THING !!! yes its all the peoples fault . and its not because the people are too stupid to read see and hear what’s going on for there is no problem there . I know this from all the ppl. that complain about every thing . OK PEOPLE no matter how many times I text this (and I do text it a lot ) cant seem to get it into your heads that the gang of pinheads =GOP don’t give a rats butt about the people .(only the few 1 & 2 % the greedy rich selfish dirt bags ) in front of your eyes you all see every day how the GOP wants to take take take away from the people of the USA and give to the only 1 & 2 % if thy are not taking away the health care to give the money to the rich . then thy are trying to take away the vote of the people that might stop their evil deeds . plain and simple the history of the DUMPSTER DONNY is all there for you very easy research every thing is there 5 or 6 bankrupt’s fraud , con , scamming and just plain robbing people of their money (YOUR MONEY NOW ) records files show and tell he is a rapist a women beater , pathological liar a big time racist he is a racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist trying to hide it all but all can see this and the ppl. know this but you still vote ones like this into office (WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THIS ? ) ITS YOU THE PEOPLE THATS WHOS FAULT IT IS . well ppl. you wanted something different . well you surely got that . what was the difference you wanted ? did you want to go back to the 2nd great depression the dirty bush put us in ? how about all the jobs that were loss then also . was Obama really that bad ? took the USA out of that DIRTY BUSH AND CHEEZY CHAINEY times . or you didn’t like the fact Obama got BENNIE LARD AZZ ? he got and ended the one that did the 9-11 to America . what was so bad that Obama did that you wanted to go to this DUMPSTER DONNY ? I tell you all anything that happens to the USA now is all and only the fault of the American people no one to blame but your self’s

    1. RichFromShowMe August 17, 2017

      I see you also ignored the damage the non-permitted Leftist Antifa, Black Lies Matter and Snowflakes-in-Training added to the milieu of tortured souls.

      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 17, 2017

        I see you also ignored the damage the non-permitted Leftist Antifa, Black Lies Matter and Snowflakes-in-Training added to the milieu of tortured souls.
        //// well brain dead DUMPSTER DONNY followers is a permit given with the right to beat the BLM with the sticks and shelds the racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist terrorist had and the permit made it ok that those same racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist to use a deadly weapon a car and plow into people murdering one and sending what over 20 . is that what the racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist permit was for them being able to do that ? I watch a news video of the racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist beating kicking BLM ppl. and thy was just running to get away from them clowns . im sure you are that stupid to think that a permit gives your racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist BOY FRIENDS the right to murder and assault anyone thy want . do you think before you say something ? don’t think so if you do then you’re even a bigger moron . tell you what you stay behind your keyboard where you are the safe little coward punk . its brain dead retarded clowns like you that is messing up the country and world .

        1. RichFromShowMe August 17, 2017

          You seem to have missed the whole concept of “why” Permit-for-Protests are issued to only one Radical group at a time . . . . if the non-permitted Antifa had not shown up there would have been no deaths and no injuries.

          The Antifa group could have simply applied for a Permit at some other time; ergo, no deaths or injuries.

          But, unfortunately logic rarely prevails on this blog-site. 🙂

      2. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 17, 2017

        RICKHEAD read this >>President Trump’s false claim that counterprotesters lacked a permit

        1. RichFromShowMe August 17, 2017

          Unfortunately, for you, Antifa and their Snowflakes-in-Training DID NOT have a Permit to assemble and/or protest.

          The reason . . . . the city knew there would be problems which is why the city also cancelled the Right’s Permit, but then, of all organizations who’ve never helped the Conservative Cause, the ACLU appealed it to Federal Court and the Permit was was re-instated.

          This was the set up for a perfect “L” shaped ambush by the Left and brought about the deaths of 3 innocent folks and 19 injured.

          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 18, 2017

            wrong again like your DUMPSTER DONNY ZERO ! and as he dose you shape up like the fat big mouth blow hard (when your wrong which is a lot to most and then all the time ) that you turn into the same PATHOLOGICAL LIAR he is ! cut the CLOWN and then you will have all the pigs blood you need to ward off any Muslims . ohh ya research you clown before you post (then again you only like to post bullshit and when your wrong that’s all the time ) as for permits check for your self (if you even know how brain dead clown ) THY HAD TWO THATS 2 PERMITS . no hope for you at all once a loser in life you will die a loser in life

  6. jakenhyde August 17, 2017

    When is Donnie going to make this country “great again”? Seems to me that he put the clown car’s transmission in R for race, and wound up backing into a quicki-mart.

  7. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 18, 2017

    the thing is DUMPSTER DONNY isn’t as crazy or a mentally retardation mode as he makes people see him . his is just playing his clowns game to make all think and see him playing his get out of trouble free role the CLOWNS plan . that it what he is he’s a very evil sick (only in the form of nasty ) that’s the evil that dwells with in him . he’s a racist hater neo Nazi KKK white supremacist (can add rapist women beat and many other things ) like a fraud , con ,scammer BULLSHIfT ARTIST and so on and so forth . SICK yes but only in the EVIL way . its not a mental thing . he likes to be this way and makes himself this way . what he truly is a big butt hole that makes him . being the biggest and worse form of human waste there is on earth . stupid some might see him as . could be right . BUT he is just what he wants to be .all he is now its his act to show people . it feeds his addiction his fix of attention that’s is . he knows every thing he is doing and it is planed some might see him as a sick mentally ill pile of human waste . BUT THATS JUST WHAT HE WANT YOU TO SEE HIM AS . its his act to get out of trouble that he gets into . he is just a big mouth coward and when things come to the end and he is backed into wall then the time he cuts a whole in the wall so he can run like the chicken chit he is . im just hoping when it all comes to the end for him that the judges and jury’s don’t fall for all of his PATHOLOGICAL LYING BULLSHIfT . sly like a fox ? I wouldn’t give him that much credit more like sneaky like a snake !


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