BREAKING NEWS: Today a van plowed through crowds of pedestrians on a Barcelona street in an apparent terrorist attack. Early reports say 13 are dead. At this time it remains unknown if Donald J. Trump will blame, "both sides," for the violence.
Hey, it could happen. It just depends on what flavor the deadly cranks behind the wheel were. If they're Islamic terrorists Trump will be all over them. If they are fascists he might go so far as to like the sons of bitches.
He is certainly enamored with the ones here, or at least some of them. On Tuesday, during the insane circus nominally described as a press conference, El Don doled out blame for the weekend violence in Charlottesville, VA this way. "Well yes I do think there's blame. Yes, I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either."
Moments later, speaking about the pro, "Unite the Right," crowd, he said, "...you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides."
This observation led Fox News correspondent Shepard Smith to say on Wednesday, "So far we've been unable to find the very fine people protesting with white supremacists."
Indeed, once you've taken to the streets in solidarity with Nazis and the KKK, no matter what they're screaming about, you have tossed the moral high ground and any sort of sense of decency out the window. There is simply no cause which justifies standing with people who think the gassing of Jews, Gypsies, gays, and Slavs was a good idea. Much less a bunch of deadly rubes who have spent most of their history lynching black Americans for the fun of it.
In an effort to prove the leftists in Charlottesville were behaving as savagely as the Nazis and their pals, the photo of a purported, anti fascist demonstrator clubbing a downed cop was circulated through the murky world of ultra right wing chat rooms and web sites. Today it was revealed the photo, taken by Getty Images, was shot in Athens, Greece during a 2009 anti government demonstration. The "antifa" emblem on the man's jacket had been digitally added to give the picture a semblance of authenticity.
In order to divert attention from the sticky subject of Nazis holding torch light parades on an American college campus, Herr Trump and others have begun yammering that the ultimate end to the removal of confederate memorials would be the destruction of monuments venerating George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They point out the two were also slave holders, just like Robert E. Lee and other confederate leaders.
The rebuttal many have used, quite correctly, is Washington, Jefferson and other founding fathers, while terribly flawed when it came to race, created the union known as The United States of America. On the other hand, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and James Longstreet to name a few, commanded armies in the field rebelling against that union. Their ultimate goal was to force its dissolution through military action.
There have been some in the media who have blamed Trump's romance with white nationalists on his buddy and advisor Steven Bannon. Bannon, they say, has led him to this dark place.
Well, after hearing Tuesday's unhinged rant everyone should realize that's horse shit. Trump was raised by a racist father and he clearly hasn't unlearned what the old man taught him. He considers people like David Duke and those two vicious clowns pictured holding torches while chanting stuff like "Jews won't replace us," and "blood and soil," his legitimate electorate.
Yes, he might be more subtle than the grotesque brown shirts who took to the streets of Charlottesville, but he understands their sense of victimization and belief in vast conspiracies, because, at heart, he is one of them.
It's time to face the awful truth, America. The nation has elected its first fully functioning fascist president. And--despite wishful conjecture by mainstream media analysts--his malignant base will never desert him. He really could murder someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and still get their votes. In fact, given what we've seen lately, they'd probably like him even more if he actually did.
Hopefully we won't find out for sure if that theory is true, although to be honest, these days, absolutely nothing is out of the realm of possibility.
sic vita est