“The Holocaust did not begin with killings: it began with words,The museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.” American Holocaust Museum statement.
Editor’s note. the president-elect has now denounced the Neo-Nazis among us, and has promised to look into why they feel empowered. We believe the campaign video from Florida is part of the answer.
Analysis by Reporting San Diego.
Nov 22, 2016 (San Diego) The Holocaust did not start with camps. It did not start with ghettoes, nor with mass starvation. It did not start with Kristallnacht, the night of the broken glass. It began with the normalization of hate. It began with the standardization of the otherizing of minority populations. We see the same process play out in the United States right now. The statements from the President-elect Donald Trump are not a rejection of the neo-Nazi movement. Yes, they call themselves alternative right, alt right, but what they are is white supremacists, antisemites, and anti-Muslim. They also hate Mexicans and blacks and other peoples of color. You are a member of the LGBTQ community, don’t feel let out.
Like that period we are also seeing a bevy of community members going on air, especially blacks, who are telling us that it is not that bad. After all, Trump’s daughter is married to a Jew, his son in law. Andrew Breitbart was a Jew, and he had reporters who were black and from other minorities. For those of us who know the history of the Holocaust, this is also not that surprising. Early on community leaders called for calm and told people that it was not that bad. They did seek cooperation with the new regime; It was elected after all. They also relied on a press corp that had to contest with party publications like Der Sturmer, that were purely run for the benefit of the party. Yes, I am drawing a comparison between the current Breitbart and Der Sturmer. After Andy Breitbart died, that publication became the home of the alt. right, which really is a white supremacist movement. This is not me saying it; that was Steve Banon. He is now set to become a top advisor for the president-elect in the White House.
This leads us to this video posted by The Atlantic two days ago from a meeting in DC over the weekend…
Now if that video does not make your blood run cold, this is from the Trump campaign in Florida should.
Yes, those are Nazi salutes. No that is not accidental. Laura Ingraham also used one during the Republican National Convention. We see the empowerment of a far right, fringe movement that has been mainstreamed. To the point that we have people asking if Jews are people on CNN.
There are people still in denial. We are not yet calling him the second coming of Adolph Hitler, just of Silvio Berlusconi, or Benito Mussolini. However, his presidential bid has unleashed forces that likely are out of his control. These are forces that so far he has yet to reject and instead has embraced. He used Hitler’s playbook to rise to power. Trump is a fascist, we have said this in the past. There is another sign of this new far right order.
Over the last 24 hours, he has met with media. There were two meetings. One off the record, with the who’s who of the networks, and to their credit the New York Times insisted that their meeting had to be on the record. Having all major media personalities dressed down by the incoming president at Trump Tower is not a good sign. His fans used at rallies this word: Lügenpresse, translating to lying press. Trump has been stoking these words from his fans. How long until he forces the press to carry water for him, or face closure of operations? Control of the media is a very well-known step in authoritarian regimes. We know Trump is no fan of the First Amendment. He said as much during the campaign. While the American press has many issues, this would spell the end of any criticism of the Trump presidency. This incidentally includes independent media. We expect small independent operators to be targeted first. Only because this is global phenomena.
The only way to face a far right fascist regime is never to underestimate it. The mainstream press made this mistake: They kept underestimating Trump. Now we face the kind of national crisis that may spell a very long night.
As far as we are concerned, the Alt. Right is just a new name for an old disease. It has been with us from the beginning of the republic, and that is white supremacy. It is also directly related to the America First movement of the 1930s, the John Birch Society of the 1950s and the Neo-Nazi party of the United States. It is time to stop dancing around it. These are neo-Nazis.