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Supporters Who Got Trump Elected Are Pursuing Vicious And Divisive Agendas

Trump on the attack against news media

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.


Plenty of Americans wake up in the morning, remember that wealthy real estate tycoon and pathological liar Donald Trump is president of the United States, pinch themselves, and morosely confirm that yes, he really is president. I sure do. It also happens when I think about a fossil fuel industry shill and climate change denier running the EPA, or a billionaire who wants to fund religious private schools with public dollars in charge of the education department. And certainly a white nationalist, who apparently calls colleagues “cucks” and “globalists,” as chief adviser to the president.

But let’s not forget the droves of political figures, state campaign chairs and other supporters who didn’t make it into the White House but may be just as demented as racist “alt-right” figure Steve Bannon or disgraced Islamophobe Michael Flynn.

Wonder what they’re up to now that Trump is president? They’re definitely keeping busy.

Among the most extreme Trump devotees are the neo-Nazis and the neo-Confederates, groups that often overlap. Throughout a campaign launched on the racist fallacy that Mexicans are rapists and rooted in the erasure of Muslims from America, Trump earned the enthusiastic support of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer, and Breitbart News, the “platform of the alt-right” that Bannon led until he became CEO of the Trump campaign last August. (According to Breitbart Washington editor Matthew Boyle, the two still talk regularly as the outlet continues its fierce support for the president.)

Some Confederacy boosters hold state office, and they’re trying to celebrate their so-called “cultural heritage” through legislation. In March, Republican Georgia state representative Tommy Benton introduced a bill to make April “Confederate History Month” and April 26 “Confederate Memorial Day at the state capitol.”

“Georgia has long cherished her Confederate history and the people who made sacrifices on her behalf,” reads the bill, apparently discounting the roughly 3.3 million African Americans (32 percent of the state’s total population) who live in Georgia and don’t exactly look fondly upon slavery, not to mention the many people of all races who think Confederate history is not worthy of celebration. When the Confederacy fought the Union for “states’ rights,” it was fighting to keep its slaves, plain and simple.

At a press conference, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “When asked whether the resolution…includes the need to understand the role that slavery and systemic exploitation and oppression of African and African-American people played and an acknowledgement of what the war was fought about, Benton declined to answer…‘Next question,’” he said.

The bill was inspired by Trump’s victory. “We just elected a president that said he was tired of political correctness,” said Benton. “And so that was the reason that we were looking to introduce the resolution.”

Benton is known for his earlier disturbing comment that the KKK “made people straighten up.” His district of 54,000 people is 84 percent white, and only 20 percent have a college education. This is the demographic—rural white Americans without a college degree—that voted overwhelmingly for Trump last November.

The three other co-sponsors of the bill, all Republicans, are also big Trump fans: Rep. Steve Tarvin, who was a co-chair of Trump’s Georgia campaign and whom Trump endorsed last year; Rep. Jesse Petrea, who was seen celebrating Trump’s win with his country’s Republican group and who introduced a bill in February that would create an online list of undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes; and Rep. Alan Powell, who has praised Bannon.

The Georgia racists are in good company in the South among fellow Trumpers. In Virginia, the chair of Trump’s Virginia operation is running a gubernatorial campaign on a neo-Confederate platformCorey Stewart, currently the chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, promises that as governor he’ll prevent liberals from removing Confederate monuments, bring back specialty license plates emblazoned with Confederate emblems and “absolutely not” mention slavery when addressing Confederate history.

Much like Benton, Stewart says, “I think things have changed…I think the 2016 presidential race was a watershed moment where you saw voters…just fed up with political correctness and these gotcha techniques that the left has used to shut down speech.”

Right-wing websites, think tanks and state legislators around the country who are proposing deceptively named “campus free expression bills,” even one originally nicknamed after the proud racist Milo Yiannopoulos, know what they’re doing by attacking political correctness: trying to make hate speech great again.

Since the election, another upstanding state chair for Trump has distinguished himself among the pack of extremely bigoted Trump supporters. Co-chair of the Trump New York campaign Carl Paladino responded to a December questionnaire from Art Voice with some truly disgusting answers.

On what he’d most like to happen in 2017, he replied, “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford [sic]. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a jihady [sic] cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”

Paladino’s alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, called his comments “racist and demeaning.” Paladino claimed his commentary “has nothing to do with race” and was merely “a little deprecating humor.” Many called for Paladino to leave his post on the Buffalo School Board, including the board itself, but the education commissioner has not yet asked him to leave.

Here are a few more political whack jobs who just so happen to be big Trump fans.

Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King, who’s proven himself to be a consummate white nationalist along the lines of Dutch arch-Islamophobe Geert Wilders, endorsed Trump in August. He’s since tweeted such savory things as, “Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end” and more recently, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” King’s extreme nationalism is right in line with that of Bannon and another of Trump’s top advisers, Stephen Miller, who ultimately want to decrease legal immigration as much as they can. It appears Jeff Sessions is on their page as well.

Former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, known for his vehemently anti-gay rhetoric (and whose last name was redefined by sex advice columnist Dan Savage), continues his reliable, frothy stream of preposterous statements as a cable news commentator. Some of his recent epiphanies include the idea that millions of sick Americans are defrauding health insurance companies and that Trump’s plan to increase coal mining in Pennsylvania and other states is “a breath of oxygen into the lungs of small-town, rural communities.”

In North Carolina, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, who has been the state’s biggest champion of the widely derided anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill” that in its original form would cost the state billions of dollars in lost revenue, is pushing a new bill that would criminalize student protest. His plan, which is derived from a model bill drafted by scholars from two Koch-backed think tanks, likely imposes harsh penalties including expulsion on students who disrupt guest lectures, as his 2016 plan would have done just that. After a slew of sexual assault allegations against Trump, Forest gave a speech introducing Trump at an October rally in Charlotte.

“If you wanna protect federalism and the right that every state has to determine how they represent themselves in the United States of America…then we better elect Donald Trump president of the United States,” proclaimed Forest.

Also in North Carolina, we mustn’t forget Earl Philip, the Trump campaign’s state director who pulled a gun on at least one of his subordinates. When this came to light in August 2016, he had to leave the campaign. Philip previously stated, “You cannot be a Christian and be a member of, or support, or be a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party,” and claimed that Barack Obama was neither black nor Christian.

These are some of the honorable citizens Trump picked for his campaign operations. As he slowly fills hundreds of vacant staff positions and judgeships, what could possibly go wrong?

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth April 11, 2017

    Before zeroing in on the aftermath of a tragically wrong decision made possible by an artifice called The Electoral College, another tragic decision to accommodate slave-holding states, and its direct contribution to paint a path to a the Presidency by a magnet for racist ideologies, let’s look at one statement attributed to an emotionally and mentally imbalanced person, on behalf of scores of equally demented personages.

    “Co-chair of the Trump New York campaign Carl Paladino responded to a December questionnaire from Art Voice with some truly disgusting answers.

    On what he’d most like to happen in 2017, he replied, “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford [sic]. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarrett, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a jihady [sic] cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”

    If a doctor were to examine a patient with Ebola, she would immediately contact the CDC in Atlanta to analyze the blood sample, and quarantine the patient.
    Carl Paladino has a spiritual equivalent of Ebola, and it has already stricken Trump, his Cabinet(especially Steve Bannon), has decimated David Duke, a physically emaciated individual whose age has taken an unusual toll on his frame as a result of harboring so much racist sentiments—Steve is showing the similar physical effects of a racism that is less visceral, but more dangerous as a result of misusing his intellect to justify racism.

    Furthermore, Paladino’s comments highlight the on-going rapid decay of Christian values among so many who purport to be Christian. Yes, Muslims and the Jewish communities suffer similar forms of the cancers of hate and bigotry, but America’s version is more sinister, not as overt, yet extremely pernicious.

    1. Independent1 April 11, 2017

      This article and your post only go to show that there are a lot of SICKOs in America. People that are absolutely depraved and working to move America back into the dark ages of the civil war movement.

    2. idamag April 12, 2017

      These people are dangerous to our government and a malignancy to civilized society.

  2. Oddworld April 11, 2017

    In other words the problems that plagued the South during the American Civil War still exist today. Poor education, poor economic growth and opportunities coupled with a few wealthy, highly educated, unscrupulous religious. industrial and political leaders manipulating the masses for their own self interest was the problem then as is now. History is repeating itself while these predators enrich themselves but only this time they don’t have a Federal Government telling them no.

    1. pics fixer April 12, 2017

      There are very good reasons why what you are saying is so true. One is that the media is not informing people what is going on. In-fact, the local media is probably owned by those greedy leaders so it tells the public what those leaders want them to know. As a famous PR person said: “When the truth is not told the lie is believed.” (sorry, I’m paraphrasing here, but close).

      The forefathers of our country wanted a free and adversarial press to hold our leaders feet in the fire and explain themselves. They believed that Democracy is not possible without a free press that asks the questions and demands the answers for us, then tells us. Nobody votes for anybody if they know those people who want their votes are out to harm and take advantage of them to advance their own needs.

      Most of the people in this country do not support Trump. If 10% more people voted he wouldn’t be President. Not 10% more Democrats, just 10% more people. Mr. Trump would not have gotten the Electoral Collage. To say that the higher population states produced the majority and somehow that shouldn’t be considered as the majority of Americans is quite odd. Those higher population states have better educated citizens that are better informed. Those are the values of those places and they allot the money for it. If you are an educated person but not well informed and the only thing you got from the media was what they wanted you to know that is what you will base your opinions and vote on. Germany between the 1st and 2nd World Wars had and has a very educated public and yet they voted for Hitler who only brought them misery and devastation. Being educated, while helpful, is not an armor against leaders who want only to advance their ideology and mean you no good.

      Blame the media for not doing its’ job and insist that they do. The news is NOT entertainment, it’s there to inform you. It’s there to help us keep our Democracy. Right or Left wing ideologues have no love for Democracy. For now it’s the right wing and their minions..

      1. Just A Citizen April 12, 2017

        Proving my experience once again. That people, like you, from those states are not really more educated or intelligent. Just more arrogant.

        1. pics fixer April 12, 2017

          Hay, I’ll buy that. If you mean that I vote for a candidate that I have done my best to learn about from more than one source then I pick the one that will get the job done, Then I’m arrogant.

          By the way, I’m a registered Democrat and vote for the Republican board and town supervisor because they do well and deserve my vote. Just sayin’.

          1. Just A Citizen April 12, 2017

            Arrogance is not in what you do but what you claim about others.

            You are not superior to those who live in the South, or West or in rural areas of the mid West. And a high priced college education does not make you smarter. You might have been exposed to more stuff than you need to know but it doesn’t affect your base intelligence.

          2. pics fixer April 13, 2017

            You got it! So many times I run into really bright people who never went past High School. There are many ways a person can be aware of the world around them and who have a natural curiosity of life and don’t have closed minds. Then there are the highly educated people who are quite the opposite and are rigid in their ways. Any so called educated person who thinks some person living in a rural town is stupid, that is very stupid and money badly spent on that fine education.

            Living in a big diverse city as I do allows you to meet all sorts of people and a variety of situations does broaden your view of the world the same as traveling does. That part is true. However, that can only happen if you are open to what you can learn from that exposure.

            See, we agree. Most cool!

          3. Just A Citizen April 13, 2017

            Yes we do. Absolutely cool.

            Lived in a big city only once. I enjoyed the diversity of people, culture and especially food. Just cannot stand the stench and crowding that goes with it. I called it my 3 years in purgatory.

            I have found that the attitudes of people are more dependent upon the city or region they come from, rather than any formal education. And of course, there are always exceptions to every stereotype.

          4. pics fixer April 13, 2017

            I’m born and raised in a big city. I didn’t notice all the noise and smells until I had to live in San Diego for a while. That was quite the awakening. Once I got hitched and had a kid, it was off to the burbs near the ocean. That helps. I live where it’s quiet and close enough to enjoy all that diversity. Problem solved. When you do it the other way around, it’s quite the shock, huh?

            The thing about being a big city person is you’re always in a rush and you become inpatient. We deal with each other with that as part of us. To a non big city person that can look like arrogance. It’s not. When I was away from that I saw that in myself and calmed down a bit. I still had that city edge but easier to take. So, when dealing with us big city types, give us a little leeway, you won’t regret it.

          5. Just A Citizen April 14, 2017


            I first saw LA around 1966. Didn’t go back until about 2009. I swore I would never go back, being a teen from the country I found it unbelievably crowded. Despite traveling to many places over the years, my return trip did not change my view. It was only worse given the growth in that time frame.

            To clarify the issue of arrogance among some in the cities. It is not the “being in a hurry” that I am talking about. Or even the lack of manners at times. To me arrogance is the attitude of one who deems themselves above others, for what ever reason. Such as Ted Turner’s attitude toward the ranchers of Montana when he decided to buy up land and raise buffalo.

            Or the Californians moving to my state, to have a better life, then lecturing us “rubes” about how backwards we are. Or the New Yorkers who simply think themselves more intellectually and economically sophisticated that us “country bumpkins”. Then of course there are those Texans and their bragging about everything Texas. Although I find Texans to be quite gracious and good mannered, once you get past the Texas thang.

            Let me share a story. While in D.C. one time I was following a black lady in one of the underground walkways from the subway, or what ever they call the commuter train. Anyway, as we got to each door I would step around and open it for her. Me in my cowboy boots and “ten gallon” hat. You get the picture, all very “western cowboy”. By the third door the lady stopped dead in front of me and turned around. She said, “you’re not from around here are you”? I said, “no mam, I live in Montana. What gave it away? The hat?” She said, “No. It was you opening the door for me.”

            By the way, I found D.C. to be one of the less friendly places I have visited. Whether in the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. As you may be able to tell, this country bumpkin may not be a globe trotter, but I have managed to get out of town once in a while.

          6. pics fixer April 14, 2017

            I’m a NYC person. We call it the “Big Dirty” for a reason. LA is spacious compared to even Chelsea. I do open doors for people. I give my seat to the elderly and anyone who seems to be having difficulty. In this I’m not alone. I’ll agree with you, too many of us do think we are smarter and sometimes I’m guilty of that. However we apply that to our fellow New Yorkers not just some “bumpkins” from far off lands like New Jersey.

            I’m was born and raised in Brooklyn and ya’ gotta’ see what some Manhattanites say about us Brooklyn bumpkins. I’ll also say this, when you’re in a tight spot and need a hand we are there! On the one hand you get the bums rush then on the other hand you get that helping hand. It can be a crazy place. I’ve been to Paris a few times and I love that city but if I had to pick the place to live, it would be here. I know that sounds nuts but that is what makes us who we are.

            When I travel, I leave the nutty stuff here and take only the good stuff with me and I get along everywhere. Keep that kind and respectful side perhaps you can teach us a thing or two.

          7. Just A Citizen April 15, 2017


            In my experience good people are good people. Matters not where they were raised or currently live. And you can find them anywhere. Good manners usually draw good manners.

            I have not yet seen New York, either the city or the State. But my mother was born in Rochester. So I hope to see your state and big city before I croak.

            Thanks for the discussion. I enjoyed it. Hope you get out west, as in Rocky Mtn. country, to spend some quality time some day. The open space and predatory wildlife can be both intimidating and invigorating. And of course the scenery is to die for.

          8. pics fixer April 15, 2017

            I have a friend who has a talk radio show out of Denver (KOA) that you may pick up. His name is Michael Rosen and, oddly enough it’s on the Conservative side. He makes allot of good points so he’s my Conservative Guru. I listen to his show here when I can.


            I think you’ll enjoy it.

            Rochester, NY is not much different than the midwest. It is very nice up there and when we drive north we like to stop there. It’s a very nice city and has had a resurgence which made it even better. New York City on the other hand is its’ own planet. In that same vain, Paris is not like the rest of France.

            My father was from Montreal, Canada and I still have family there and go up quite often. Ya’ hear jokes here about how polite Canadians are and that is quite true. When we go up for a visit I have to dial it down. As for getting out to the midwest, we are thinking of getting to Denver. We at least know somebody there, as I mentioned, so, who knows.

            This is some comment. All of you Conservatives out there check out the link here and listen to the Mike Rosen Show. That will make this comment important.

          9. Just A Citizen April 15, 2017


            Thanks for the heads up. I will check it out.

            For the record, in case we meet again on another topic, I don’t consider myself “conservative”. More a “traditional liberal” as in the John Locke, Thomas Jefferson mold.

            Have a great weekend.

      2. idamag April 12, 2017

        That is what is wrong with the electoral college system. It favors the backward, less populated states over those with more exposure to diversity in people and thought. It is not a democracy if every vote does not count. I know people, in my state, who do not vote because they say their vote doesn’t count and they have no representation. That is true. However, I keep voting because they haven’t met me at the door to the polls with a shotgun yet.

        1. pics fixer April 12, 2017

          Being in a low population state doesn’t make anyone backward. The Electoral Collage was a compromise during the arguments while the Constitution was being put together. The idea was to give low population states a voice in the Presidential election and to help reduce the tyranny of the majority. There are good arguments on both sides for and against it. That’s a tough one. With modern communications and the internet it may be out dated. I can’t quite decide myself.

      3. Oddworld April 12, 2017

        My first instinct was to question your assessment of the media’s role and concentrate instead on the educational factor and here is why. My research has taught me that the history of our country takes quite a different direction when taught in the former confederate states to varying degrees. However, you have helped me realize that the media has a responsibility to the citizens to act as a counter to the various lies
        instead of helping to perpetuate those same lies.

    2. FireBaron April 12, 2017

      Unfortunately, the poorer white folks in those communities still rely on the Rich Folks on the Hill for what they consider to be the Truth.

      1. Oddworld April 12, 2017

        True, and since that is the case than they become the problem themselves for not questioning those that lead them.

  3. Mama Bear April 11, 2017

    I believe that today if the old southern bigots wanted to leave the Union most of us would help them pack.

    1. Independent1 April 11, 2017

      Absolutely!! And if they left the Union they would end up sinking into oblivion financially in short order. Even Colin Powell’s chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, knew that. In a speech to a bunch of rich Texans in Houston last year, he said that if it wasn’t for all the tax dollars supplied especially by California and New York which the South sucks constantly from Washington; the South would look like Bangladesh today.

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      2. Mama Bear April 12, 2017

        sad description for such arrogant people, isn’t it?

      3. Mama Bear April 12, 2017

        I would love to see a report that shows what each state pays in federal taxes and how much they get back from the government. Ever see one?

        1. Independent1 April 12, 2017

          I haven’t seen one that shows the actual tax and federal aid dollar amounts. I’ve only seen reports that show how many dollars a state gets back in federal aid for each dollar of taxes they generate. And all but 3 GOP states get more dollars in federal aid than the tax dollars the states residents send to Washington.

          I’ll check around and see if I can find one which shows the underlying dollar amounts used to generate those statistics.

        2. idamag April 12, 2017

          I did, once. My state pays $1.00 for every $1.90 they receive.

        3. Independent1 April 13, 2017

          I couldn’t locate a report that actually showed the federal aid received to the dollar amount of taxes, but I did come up with a list of what each state contributes to America’s tax revenues and another which shows just how big a percentage of the state’s tax revenues federal aid is.

          Here a list of the states where the average federal tax revenues generated to Washington are less than $8,000 per capita. I think that’s better to look at because many Red States have less populations than the big cities in some Blue States; so looking at the bottom line revenues isn’t really fair.

          Note that of the 17 states with less than $8,000/capita in taxes paid to Wash. – 14 of those states are run by the GOP.

          14 of the 17 States generating less than $8,000 in tax revenues/capita are GOP-run states – 2015.
          (From the bottom up)

          (And note that most of the above states get about $1.50 or more in Federal Aid for each $ of taxes sent to Washington.)

          For comparison, here’s a list of the 10 states which send at least $12/capita to Washington and that 8 of the 10 are Dem-run states.

          8 of 10 High tax generating states with $12 or more/capita are Dem-run states – 2015

          Now, here’s the list of the states which really rely heavily on federal aid as federal aid is 34% or more of their annual budgets. Note that 19 of those heavy federal aid dependent states are GOP-run states:

          19 of the 22 States most dependent on Federal aid are GOP-run states – 2015
          State – Percent of state revenues provided by federal aid

          And one last list just to clear up which states are really heavily dependent of food stamps (SNAP). This table shows the states where SNAP costs $20 or more per capita and where 16% or more of a state’s residents need food stamps to live. Note that 13 of the 15 states in this list are GOP-run states:

          2015 Federal Aid Related statistics where 13 of the 15 states most dependent on Food Stamps are GOP-run states (States with $20+/Capita Cost of Snap)
          State-Percent Pop. on Snap-Cost of Snap/Capita

          1. Mama Bear April 13, 2017

            WOW!! thank you for doing this research, indie and for sharing it. I suppose there is not much here that surprises us but here it is in black and white. This info needs to be put out there, I am going to post it to my fb account if you do not mind.

          2. Independent1 April 13, 2017

            You’re more than welcome. I have no problem with you posting the numbers on your FB page.

  4. Dominick Vila April 12, 2017

    Unfortunately, this issue involves a lot more than political leaders. Millions of mainstream Americans are emboldened by Trump’s victory and are actively engaged in the pursuit of goals such as anti-choice, identifying potential illegal immigrants, calling their representatives to demand the repeal of social programs, and demand exclusive attention on domestic issues with special focus on anti-globaliation initiatives. I live in a heavily Republican district, and several of my relatives and friends are Republicans. Believing that most Americans are offended by Trump’s rhetoric and actions is naive. Let’s not make the same mistake we made in 2016, and assume that because the majority of citizens in states like California and New York are horrified by Trump’s behavior and policies, that most Americans share their horror. Regardless of what the polls say, Trump enjoys more popular support than a lot of people think. The challenge for Democrats is to find a message that is simple and appealing to convince most Americans that destroying our government, isolationism, and an agenda based on hatred is not in our best interests.

    1. FireBaron April 12, 2017

      Frankly, I am more than a bit concerned about how emboldened some of these idiots have become. They believe that because Teflon Donnie has assumed the Oval Office that they can revert to 1930s Mississippi all over again.

      1. Dominick Vila April 12, 2017

        …and their twisted interpretation of Christianity and family values.

      2. idamag April 12, 2017

        You mirror my feelings exactly.

  5. aNDY April 12, 2017

    gth yj5y

  6. Just A Citizen April 12, 2017

    Alinksy apparently lives in Koch’s head.

    I think if he tried harder he could fit a few more stereotypes and bigoted statements into his articles.

  7. idamag April 12, 2017

    Remember hitler decided, first, to eliminate all Jews from Germany. trump decided to eliminate all Muslims from the United States. At first hitler deported some people. At first, trump deported some Hispanic people. People, like me, used to think Americans were special people who would not do the atrocities that hitler did. Nice people tend to think all people are nice. Then the expose of the what was happening in the well, duh, south came out. These people claimed to be Americans while they attempted to eliminate the Black race with horrific cruelty. My in-depth study of history showed that we turned a ship, carrying Jews escaping from Germany, back to Germany and they were all killed. I remember seeing the busload of people meeting little children trying to escape the violence of the drug cartel. I remember one woman, in particular, who was buiilt like a Green Bay Packer, screaming like a banshee, at those poor little children. These were Americans. We came from immigrants. Now, that we are safely inside the fence that is The United States, we want to slam the gate on others, thinking it makes us the elite.


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