If this was AOL, I might use words like "shocking" and "jaw dropping," but "nauseating" is the word that comes to mind as I report the following:
Donald J. Trump's support among Republicans JUMPED after he defended the "fine people" marching with Nazis, Klansmen and other assorted racist assholes. Not surprisingly, more than 60% of Republicans approve of Donald J. Trump's affinity for Nazis.
Most disheartening, though is the poll that reveals that 1 in 10 Americans approve of Nazis.
In case there's any doubt, you should remember that Nazism is not a political leaning, like Conservatism or Liberalism. It's not about the size of government, health care, tax cuts, immigration reform or any other policy constructed to achieve political goals or benefit our nation.
Pure and simple, Nazism is rooted in evil and grows hatred and intolerance. Nazism is what led to World War II, a war fought by America's Greatest Generation to rid the world of that evil.
Nazism was the ideology that allowed Hitler to murder more than 6 million Jews and millions of others considered to be inferior humans, such as gypsies and homosexuals.
Now we call them neo-Nazis ("neo" means new), but there's nothing new about it. It's just repackaged racial hatred.
Trump described the Friday night "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville as peaceful. He would have been right, if your idea of peaceful is a bunch of torch-carrying, heavily armed men shouting, "Jews will not replace us."
Thankfully, voices from both sides of the political spectrum jumped on Trump's blatantly racist remarks, although some characterized them more as misguided than evil.
Some, like Steve Bannon and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke cheered Trump's words.
Bannon considered it a political victory while Duke considered it to be a ringing endorsement of white supremacy.
The 9% of Americans who are OK with Nazism, without a doubt belong in the basket of deplorables. I would toss the 62% of Republicans who believe that there are very fine Nazis in there as well, but I'm hoping that some of them just misunderstood the question.
However you spin the events in Charlottesville and the subsequent fallout, this could be a boon to Donald Trump in his 2020 bid for re-election. Assuming he makes it that far.
Trump started chumming the waters back in 2011 with his made up lie about the birthplace of Barack Obama. I'm still waiting for all the stuff he said his investigators were finding "down there," wherever that is.
As the haters started coming out of the woodwork, Trump saw his opportunity. He's been a race baiter since the 1970's, always using it to his advantage, no matter the cost to anyone else.
In 1989 he railed to have the "Central Park 5" (all black teenagers) put to death, even though they were innocent of the rape of which they were accused. Even after DNA evidence exonerated them and someone else confessed, he still insisted that they were guilty.
It was great publicity for the only person Donald J. Trump ever loved; Donald J. Trump
Now, like a gold miner in 1848 Trump has hit the mother lode. He can mine the racial divide in our country like the the coal companies that he'll never bring back. Gone are the days of the dog whistle.
Now he can openly say that there are some very fine Nazis.
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