*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*
It is safe to say that the only people in America who fail to see the blatant similarities between Donald Trump, his racist and bigoted campaign, his “alt-right” Nazi high-level advisors and the Adolf Hitler regime in Germany are blind, uneducated and simply stupid. Although it was mostly kept out of the mainstream press, as dirty Donnie’s campaign droned on toward the election, his campaign and his foul supporters began making noise about stamping out Zionism and the Zionists “polluting” America.
Now, after their “American Adolf” won the election despite losing the popular vote by a wide margin, Trump’s supporters are taking anti-Semitism to the next level and embracing Nazi Brownshirt tactics; specifically targeting “Jews, Jewish businesses, and anyone who supports them.”
Something that looks like it should be the narrative of a scene in an historical documentary about how the Holocaust began is being planned for early next month in Montana. Although it is a situation that would have horrified most Americans just a decade ago, the rise of Donald Trump and his Aryan cohort has produced exactly what German Jews experienced in the 1930s; an armed group converging on a small town to march against Jews, their businesses and any city resident who happens to support either.
The racist publisher of the Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin, wrote that he is summoning “pre-vetted” skinhead groups and neo-Nazis to arm up and march in protest of “the Jews” through the town of Whitefish. Anglin wrote in the Daily Stormer that the armed march is the appropriate Aryan response to some kind of controversy surrounding the white supremacist Richard Spencer and human rights advocates who refuse to comport anti-Semitism and bigotry. Anglin wrote:
“We are planning an armed protest in Whitefish. Montana has extremely liberal open carry laws, so my lawyer is telling me we can easily march through the center of the town carrying high-powered rifles.
I myself am planning on being there to lead the protest, which has been dubbed ‘March on Whitefish.’ Currently, my guys say we are going to be able to put together about 200 people to participate in the march, which will be against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either. We will be busing in skinheads from the Bay Area.”
Montana Governor Steve Bullock was rightly appalled at the news that a modern-day version of Hitler’s Brownshirts were preparing to converge on Whitefish and issued a statement “emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and love.” Mr. Bullock said, “we will not tolerate hate against our fellow Montanans, not because of their religion, color of their skin, or gender. We will not tolerate hate and intimidation of any kind. Not now, not ever.”
Obviously, Governor Bullock is a Democrat who does not comport bigotry or support Trump’s hateful rhetoric that incited the likes of the Daily Stormer, the Ku Klux Klan, Richard Spencer, skinheads, and neo-Nazis who are preparing to descend on Whitefish with guns in tow and targeting Jews.
There are other organizations, like the Anti Defamation League, that are reaching out to victims who have been targeted and viciously harassed online by the Daily Stormer Nazis to offer their support. Up to this point the only support available is attempting to remove offensive Holocaust photos from the Internet and following up with law enforcement and FBI on the case; likely in hopes of averting a tragedy.
If there is any doubt whatsoever that the Daily Stormer or its publisher Andrew Anglin, is not a dyed-in-the wool Nazi organization and Trump supporter, Anglin said back in April that, “Jews, Blacks and lesbians will be leaving America if Trump gets elected – and he’s happy about it. This alone is enough reason to put your entire heart and soul into supporting this man.”
And, “The day is coming when we’re going to tear down the hoax [Holocaust] memorial in Berlin and replace it with a statue of Hitler 1,000 feet tall.”
Now, one dares any Trump supporter, campaign official, intimate advisor or Republican acolyte to argue there is no comparison between the rise of the German Nazis and Donald Trump. It is noteworthy that the Daily Stormer, an honest-to-dog white supremacist outfit, was the first of the only two “news sites” to endorse the Trump. The other was the official organ of the Ku Klux Klan and its endorsement was founded on the same basic reason as the Daily Stormer; make America white and Christian. Apparently, in pushing their white supremacist, Aryan agenda, the “Brownshirts” have to include Jews with people of color, Muslims, and immigrants they demand be purged from America. And, what better way to intimidate Jews in small Montana town than convening a bunch of “properly vetted” skinheads to march against them with “high-powered rifles” locked, loaded, and at the ready.
It is important to note that armed march against the Whitefish Jews is no ordinary “protest” to make a point or a peaceable assembly to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It is a show of force, with firearms, against a minority religious group, their places of business, and decent Montana residents who support their right to exist; a right that Trump’s Aryan supporters do not condone and are ready to eliminate.
Sadly, even though the rabid anti-Semite Aryans are publicizing their armed march against Jews, replete with flyers, internet postings, dates and times there is little, if anything, anyone in authority can possibly do to stop the skinheads. They do have the same 1st Amendment right to “peaceably assemble” as any other American or group, but it is doubtful that the Founding Fathers and Constitution’s framers considered “arming up” and marching against a specific group as remotely related to “peaceable assembly” or a “redress of grievances.”
What appears to be the neo-Nazis primary “grievance” is that Jews, their businesses, and decent people who support them exist in “their America.” It is an America they claimed in their Trump endorsement was “founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.” Not unlike Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Trump’s Aryan supporters believe that as a “white Christian republic,” America has no room or tolerance for Jews, their businesses or the decent Americans who support their right to exist.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.