MAGA White Supremacists Pretty Sure MAGA Mob That Stormed Capitol Were Antifa, Maybe BLM
Republicans spent the past few years searching for a politically viable enemy to rally around and eventually settled on antifa. They also weren't thrilled with the 1619 Project. However, full-time residents of the planet Earth understood that violent white supremacy was a rising threat, one the previous White House squatter ignored because he was himself a white supremacist. He wasn't interested in re-creating that poorly animated Spider-Man pointing at himself meme.
After Assistant Secretary of Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention Elizabeth Neumann resigned in disgust from the Department of Homeland Security, she told a House subcommittee in 2019 that there was no clear effort to combat violent rightwing extremism.
If you had a very clear voice at the top, from the president, from other senior leaders in the Republican Party, denouncing this and warning conservatives — warning Republicans — that these groups are trying to recruit you based on things that might sound like a typical conservative belief, but behind it is this insidious, ugly, evil thing, if we had more clear voices talking about it — it would somewhat inoculate people from that recruitment and that radicalization. But instead, we have the opposite effect. We have the president not only pretty much refusing to condemn, but throwing fuel on the fire, creating opportunities for more recruitment through his rhetoric.
This is exactly what happened during President Klan Robe's reign. White supremacists became more emboldened and some even echoed his rhetoric. The one-term loser feigned zero awareness of the Proud Boys or other extremist groups while declaring without evidence that the greatest threats were all from the left. White domestic terrorists later attacked the Capitol on the mad king's behalf and his supporters still insist that it was all antifa. New York University professor Jay Rosen tweeted a screenshot from "Meet the Press" showing the results of Suffolk University/USA Today survey of MAGA voters who exist in their own alternate reality.
These results come from the Suffolk University/USA Today survey of 1,000 Trump voters, who were identified from 202… https://t.co/zBtM0rZXJm— Jay Rosen (@Jay Rosen)1614009540.0
Republicans assume it's in their political interest to follow the twice-impeached loser's supporters down the rabbit hole. Sure, antifa is to blame — anything but white supremacy. They'll just stick their heads in the sand while the crosses burn.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that white supremacy is no longer merely a domestic terror threat but a “transnational one."
Without naming states, Guterres added: "Today, these extremist movements represent the number one internal security threat in several countries."
One of those countries is obviously the United States.
"Far too often, these hate groups are cheered on by people in positions of responsibility in ways that were considered unimaginable not long ago," Guterres said. "We need global coordinated action to defeat this grave and growing danger."
Although white supremacy is a growing threat in other nations, it's our sad-ass country where “people in positions of responsibility" openly cheered on hate groups and offered them more than a knowing wink.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will deliver a report on March 18 regarding systemic racism against Black people. The global inquiry was launched after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd last year. The resulting protests against police violence after Floyd's death might've had the unfortunate yet predictable effect of further radicalizing white supremacists. We can again attribute this to President Klan Robe's pathetic response at the time, which included tweeting segregationist-era calls for violence and even teargassing peaceful protesters for a photo-op.
President Klan Robe consistently focused on riots while promoting the false narrative that American cities were literally on fire. Worse, he never at any time decried police violence and instead claimed that the cops were unfairly maligned. He even called Black Lives Matter a “symbol of hate," so Republicans stopped even trying to differentiate between people exercising their First Amendment rights and criminals. And the extremists were watching.
The Black Lives Matter protests coincided with (the necessary) COVID-19 shutdowns that took a tremendous economic toll. The MAGA crowd were led to believe that lawless Black thugs were destroying entire cities while uppity lady governors wouldn't let “law-abiding" white people leave the house or run their businesses. The former White House squatter didn't just ignore the white supremacist fire burning. He fanned the flames.
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now for his latest Nordo collaboration, "Curiouser and Curiouser," an adaptation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." It promises to feel like an actual evening with SER (for good or for ill).