Monday, August 14, 2017

The Weekend That Was: Don Careens From One Crisis to Another, the Klan and Nazis Celebrate, but The Daily Stormer Has to Look for a New Home

You can say many things about Donald John Trump, but you'll have to admit the man knows how to careen from one outrage to another without even catching his breath.

In the space of three weeks El Don has gone from denying his son did anything wrong when he hooked up with the Russians, to threatening nuclear war, and now, at least initially, he failed to blame the KKK and a bunch of Neo-Nazis for instigating violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Who says the man can't get anything done? This is a pretty impressive list of severe craziness.

On Saturday, Nazi fan boy James Fields plowed his car into a crowd of people who were denouncing a Klan/Nazi rally in Charlottesville. He managed to injure 19 and kill a woman named, Heather Heyer. Later that day, Trump said, we as a nation needed unity and he condemned, "This egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides."

He didn't explain which, "many sides," he was blaming the mayhem on, although he could have been making a veiled reference to Black Lives Matters, which Trump and the alt-right loathe and fear. What he also didn't do--after spending an entire presidential campaign screaming about Barack Obama not using the words Islam, or Islamic in connection with terrorism--was mention either the boys in the hoods, or the Nazis by name.

His failure to do so sent Andrew Anglin of the on line Nazi publication, "The Daily Stormer," into orgasmic euphoria. Anglin immediately posted on the site, "Trump's comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us--no condemnation at all." David Duke, a former Grand HotsieTotsie of the Klan went so far as to brag that white nationalists, "...are working to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump."

After thinking the Nazis had avoided blame for Heyer's murder, The Stormer celebrated with two articles on Fields' crime. The lead of the first read, "The crashocaust will go down in history as the greatest cavalry charge of the 21st century." The second, written by Anglin, was headlined, "Heather Heyer, Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident Was a Fat Childless 32 Year Old Slut." Brother Anglin went on to explain, "A 32 year old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value."

His evaluation of the victim was so vile and repulsive GoDaddy, which maintains The Daily Stormer's web site, gave the publication 24 hours to find a new home before they shut it down forever.

Earlier today Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant, MERK resigned from the President's American Manufacturing Council. He left because he felt the government had, "...a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

Trump being Trump simply couldn't let him go without a parting shot. He sarcastically tweeted that Frazier, who is black, "...will now have more time to lower RIP OFF DRUG PRICES."

Ah yes, quite the diplomat. But we knew that already thanks to last week's mini panic.

Later in the morning The Big Orange Guy, under duress from his own party, finally called out the Klan and the Nazis by name and threw a couple of derogatory epithets their way. Unfortunately he did so with all the enthusiasm and conviction of a 10th grader forced to recite Antony's, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen," speech to the rest of his English class.

Yes, if this weekend has taught us anything, it's that Donald Trump is either the ultimate political cynic, coldly pandering to hordes of hateful monsters he personally dismisses as idiots just because he craves their votes. Or, as I like to think, he's a barely camouflaged raging bigot hiding in plain sight.

No matter which, we're fucked.

Of course, we already knew that too.

sic vita est


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