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Booker writes: "The alt-right was energized by the election of Trump and had been optimistic their controversial views, which embrace white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideas, were finding their way into mainstream politics."

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shows a bumper sticker reading 'I am a Deplorable' at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Oct. 10. (photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shows a bumper sticker reading 'I am a Deplorable' at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Oct. 10. (photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)


Donald Trump's Nazi Problem Has Gotten Out Again

By Brakkton Booker, NPR News

02 January 17

 

rift has surfaced within the alt-right, the movement closely associated with white supremacism that has been celebrating Donald Trump's election as president. In fact, they are planning a big event around Trump's inauguration — the "DeploraBall."

Organizers of the event, which plays off Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" swipe at some Trump supporters, have rescinded the invitation of a prominent social media personality with the alt-right movement, Tim Treadstone, better known by his Twitter handle @bakedalaska.

He tweeted on Monday anti-Semitic and racist comments that included "it's a common fact the media is run in majority by Jewish people, it's similar to observing blacks are good at basketball."

Another alt-right leader, author and organizer of the DeploraBall, Mike Cernovich, appears to have reached out directly to Treadstone to tell him it was not wise to raise the "JQ?" — or Jewish Question when he is a featured guest at the event. Cernovich also urged no Nazi salutes either, a gesture popular with the movement.

That's when things got heated and turned public.

Treadstone posted the private correspondence between him and Cernovich. Then posted a 45-minute tirade he titled "Oy vey! Banned from Deploraball."

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi publication, weighed in on the feud and sided with Treadstone: "The Deploraball is apparently an attempt at a sanitized, cuckolded, pro-Jew version of the NPI conference." It also lashed out at the event's organizers for previously uninviting leading alt-right figures like Richard Spencer and Sam Hyde.

Others sided with Treadstone and took to burning Cernovich's book Gorilla Mindset.

As we have reported, the alt-right was energized by the election of Trump and had been optimistic their controversial views, which embrace white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideas, were finding their way into mainstream politics. A further jolt was given to alt-right supporters following Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon, who previously ran Breitbart News, to be his senior strategist. Bannon has said in the past that Breitbart is "a platform for the alt-right," but after the election said there should be "zero-tolerance" for anti-Semitism.

This is not the first time organizers for the DeploraBall have garnered unwanted attention surrounding the event. Earlier this month, Fox News reported that a Washington, D.C.-area venue was receiving threatening calls after deciding against hosting the ball.

The DeploraBall is scheduled for Jan. 19 at the National Press Club, a day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.


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+4 # jazzman633 2017-01-02 10:36
Will everybody please chill out and stop confusing factual statements with prejudice?

Economist Thomas Sowell has done TONS of research into why different groups are better at specific pursuits. There is always some factor or factors that ensure excellence in this or that activity. Even people from neighboring Scandinavian countries are better at one thing or another.

Why is the NBA mostly black? A lot of it has to do with opportunity and encouragement, not to mention super-motivatio n (Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team). Are blacks physically superior in basketball skills? You could measure that - but it wouldn't be PC.

Same for Jews and media. Here, as a lapsed Jew, I would say the factors are ethnic solidarity (as with every group), plus a long history of literacy and verbal training and a rich storytelling tradition. This tends to give Jews a leg up in word-oriented professions (including literature and the law).
 
 
+57 # TJGeezer 2017-01-02 10:56
Quoting jazzman633:
Will everybody please chill out and stop confusing factual statements with prejudice?

As an aged, lapsed Episcopalian, I can say that one of the first lessons my non-Jewish parents taught me was: Consider the source. Always.

As a lapsed Jew, you can say these things and impart real information without all the negative emotional freighting the alt-right haters always seem to turn into the main message when they say the same thing.
So when an alt-right, um, personality like Bannon tries to push his years of Jew-baiting under the rug, it's not a confusion to point it out. So it seems to me, anyway.
 
 
+21 # Johnny 2017-01-02 12:29
Among various groups of people there are statistically measurable differences in average aptitudes, but they tell us nothing about any particular individual. Nobody should be punished or privileged on the basis of ethnic, religious, or pigmentation group membership, rather than individual behavior.
 
 
+7 # dascher 2017-01-02 13:01
The I.Q. test was originally developed in order to provide a 'scientific' basis for refusing entry to immigrants from "undesirables" like Hungarians, Jews, Poles, who were coming to the US in large numbers. They 'proved' that people from these groups were more likely to be what they called "imbeciles" than were Western Europeans - especially those from Britain. And the results of those tests did "verify" that those undesirable groups had large percentages of "imbeciles". Racist "science" always seems to verify racist assumptions. Amazing.
 
 
+8 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-02 15:26
No the IQ test was first devised in France to evaluate school children and later adapted in the US and used to evaluate WWI recruits. It does not originate in pseudoscientifi c racism.
 
 
+10 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-01-02 15:47
'The I.Q. test was originally developed in order to provide a 'scientific' basis for refusing entry to immigrants....'

No: it was designed for US Army evaluation of recruits.
 
 
+4 # Citizen Mike 2017-01-02 22:31
Right, Binet's original test was designed to evaluate French school children but as adapted by Stanford U. it became the test for army recruits in the US. It has been refined over the years and has probably been misapplied for social and cultural uses that transcend its actual capabilities.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-01-02 17:37
Not only that but there is considerable overlap in the distribution of aptitude between any two groups. One group or the other with have more representatives in the extremes than the other, but most individuals will fall in the area of overlap. And this still doesn't account for education and other cultural influences which can vary over time.
 
 
+18 # Johnny 2017-01-02 12:38
Actually, unless you mean the current-day Palestinians, who DNA shows are the genetic descendants of the Biblical Hebrews, Jews are not members of an "ethnic group," but rather of a religion. Of course, it is of little consolation to the victims of Zionism or Nazism that the "Jewish race" or the "Aryan race" are political fictions, not biological or anthropological realities.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-01-02 17:40
Ethnicity is a culturally based as much as it is genetic so yes, Jews who identify as such are an ethnic group.
 
 
+1 # Salburger 2017-01-03 03:29
Misunderstands the genetic evidence for a start & goes on to confuse ethnicity with race in order to make an Antisemitic argument that links Jews (using a fig leaf of "Zionism") to Nazism. Slimeball!
 
 
+5 # dascher 2017-01-02 12:56
Or you could just go with genetics like the hardcore racists (aka "alt-right").
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2017-01-02 23:53
To dissolve the 'alt-right' we send every single one a free dna test. How many are 'pure' enough?
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2017-01-02 15:15
Quoting jazzman633:
Will everybody please chill out and stop confusing factual statements with prejudice?

Economist Thomas Sowell has done TONS of research into why different groups are better at specific pursuits. There is always some factor or factors that ensure excellence in this or that activity. Even people from neighboring Scandinavian countries are better at one thing or another.

Why is the NBA mostly black? A lot of it has to do with opportunity and encouragement, not to mention super-motivation (Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team). Are blacks physically superior in basketball skills? You could measure that - but it wouldn't be PC.

Same for Jews and media. Here, as a lapsed Jew, I would say the factors are ethnic solidarity (as with every group), plus a long history of literacy and verbal training and a rich storytelling tradition. This tends to give Jews a leg up in word-oriented professions (including literature and the law).

The beginning of the Jewish presence in the early film happened because many were salesmen to dry goods stores. Dry goods stores, as a rule were long narrow shops, perfect for throwing an image from a projector to a cloth screen. These salesmen took to bringing projectors and films as part of the goods they offered. The next step to getting into the industry that was to become the film industry was natural. SHow business is a business first.
 
 
+7 # librarian1984 2017-01-03 00:17
Remember Carl Sagan's ??? and David Burke's Connections .. about the weird tangled links that led to remarkable outcomes? Serendipity. Coincidence. In-laws. Politics. All interwoven and leading to canned food or the telescope, for instance. Lively and inspiring. I liked America when we were more science literate. We educated many engineers and television devoted some time to it. Americans were thought to be great inventors and designers.

We can never understand even the things closest to us. We could but it would take more time than it's worth. It's all a mystery and much of it is beautiful. That is why we should be humble and forgiving, kind and tolerant. Each of us is a speck of dust in an infinite universe .. but a miracle too, each of us imperfect but capable of perfection, a cold universe transformed by love, respect and friendship.

It's unlucky for us TPTB are the stupidest and greediest humanity has (in)bred. They squander all they have on bullsh!t. Their lives have no meaning beyond acquisition. They are void yet we are at their mercy. I found that easier to accept before I had children. I want a better world for their sake, yet it seems progress is eternally stymied by special interests, and the higher one goes the harder it is to find humanity or kindness.

Let's all hope and work for a peaceful year for every single one of us. Let's all try to be sane, intelligent and effective.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2017-01-02 19:38
Quoting jazzman633:
Will everybody please chill out and stop confusing factual statements with prejudice?

Economist Thomas Sowell has done TONS of research into why different groups are better at specific pursuits.

I hope you'll pardon me for suggesting that perhaps an economist might not have the best qualifications for addressing this issue.
 
 
-1 # dbrize 2017-01-02 22:17
Quoting ericlipps:
Quoting jazzman633:
Will everybody please chill out and stop confusing factual statements with prejudice?

Economist Thomas Sowell has done TONS of research into why different groups are better at specific pursuits.

I hope you'll pardon me for suggesting that perhaps an economist might not have the best qualifications for addressing this issue.


I hope you will pardon me for suggesting that not only do you have no clue what you are talking about, but have never read or studied any of Sowells work on this issue. Or anyone else's for that matter.
 
 
-1 # Brice 2017-01-03 04:39
Thomas Sowell sowelled out, he is a hack and a propagandist for the worst form of crony capitalism.
 
 
+40 # barryearle 2017-01-02 12:06
I have a request: Please stop using the term "alt-right." It's a cover up for a very dark strain of hatred that thinks it's now in the main stream and needs to look nicer than it is. Thanks.
 
 
-21 # jdd 2017-01-02 12:49
On it goes. Trump does not have "a Nazi problem," but RSN does have an "Obama problem," for which it has become a near-psychotic mouthpiece causing paralysis based on fear. On Jan. 20 an administration which intentionally brought the world to the brink of WWIII exits the White House to the joy of most of the world's people If we are a despised nation, it is not because of Trump, but for the last 16 years of endless war and destruction. A whole new system is rising in the East, which is open to friendship and collaboration with the US, if only we take up the offer.
 
 
+16 # dascher 2017-01-02 13:07
Obama has only been President for 8 of those 16 years. He has been a good friend to Wall Street and has continued the military-based foreign policy of his predecessors. Apparently, that is where he and the GOP were able to "reach across the aisle".
 
 
+31 # dascher 2017-01-02 13:04
Amen. And people should also stop referring to Trump as a "successful businessman". The little we DO know about his businesses is that they fail at a tremendous rate - including his CASINOS (what kind of "business genius" loses money on CASINOS?! - the kind who then crows about the tax deductions he got from the tremendous loss.)
 
 
+23 # Johnny 2017-01-02 12:19
For the last 65 years the media have made it respectable to hate Arabs and Muslims and to promote Jewish supremacy, also known as Zionism. Now it appears that hatred for Jews and blacks will become respectable, as well, to promote Aryan supremacy--what ever that might be. I suppose it no surprise that a country that spends its wealth on murdering children all over the globe instead of caring for its own will immolate itself with the greed and hatred it promotes.
 
 
+4 # DongiC 2017-01-02 15:13
Well written, indeed, especially the last sentence,
 
 
0 # Salburger 2017-01-03 03:33
Antisemitic crap re supposed "Jewish supremacy."
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-01-03 10:45
Each of us needs to rise above the divisions exploited and stoked by TPTB.

When I was young I didn't understand how Jesus' ideas were revolutionary. They seemed sane and reasonable. But when you get older you realize it's not 'nature' that one needs to transcend but the establishment .. the status quo put in place by the rich inbred oligarchs. Children don't hate 'other'; they're curious (unless they're shy). We are taught to hate so we can be manipulated more easily.

They should remake the ending of The Matrix. Instead of robots it should be Rothschilds and Rockefellers plugging US in, with vichy pols checking the connections and collecting data, and the MIC and police chasing down escapees.
 
 
+10 # kitster 2017-01-02 12:21
why are we talkiing about racism in a "racist free" enviornment? why are we talking about religious bigotry "in the land of the free and the home of the brave?" NOT!...that's why. didn't trump's neo-nazi, sieg heiler's know that his daughter was a converted, orthodox jew? so much for the intelligence level of the alt-right, stiff armers who voted for distemper don. he himself is certainly no jew hater. the only think to his credit i can think of. small consolation to us we the people-ers who will get a royal screwing on january 20. it'll still be "dies irae/ dies illa/ solvet saeclum in favilla."
 
 
+11 # DongiC 2017-01-02 15:34
"dies irae/ dies illa/ solvet saeculum in favilla." Day of wrath, that dreadful day when the world dissolves into ashes."

Get ready for a terrible day on January 20. The alt-right and Demon Don will begin the woe mentioned in that famous medieval chant. The times are sure getting screwy.

Many years ago, I taught Latin.
 
 
-7 # librarian1984 2017-01-03 00:26
Well you ladies make sure and get yourselves all worked up about armageddon. Then, on Jan. 21st, you can start winding yourselves up about Easter fungus or something.

Don't forget your smelling salts!
 
 
-2 # DongiC 2017-01-03 10:13
Nice to see that you are so cultivated and refined, librarian1984. Sometimes, it pays to notice when the world is going awry.
 
 
-2 # librarian1984 2017-01-03 10:55
I don't feel the need to say 'please' and 'thank you' to fearmongers.

It is NOT the end of our democracy, life on earth or the USA. It is true that TPTB use fear to manipulate us, and also true there are those among us who seem to enjoy it.

Fear is the enemy. Fear paralyzes resistance. Reich et al and their apologists weaken US.

To equate Trump with Hitler or the anti-Christ is counterproducti ve. I am impatient with those who wallow in fear and try to pass it on. Frustration contributes to incivility I suppose, so let me apologize and amend my statement: PLEASE bring your smelling salts.
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2017-01-04 09:47
You're mocking people who have legitimate concern for the fascist elements of Trump's base, his presidency legitimizing it. Marginalized minorities and their allies concerned about escalations in violence and other expressions of hate and ignorance.

Your POV is nearly identical to right-wing rhetoric dismissing these concerns as the sensitivities of fragile little snowflakes. "PLEASE bring your smelling salts."

The brutality of white supremacy exposed by BLM, violence against Muslim Americans, Hispanic Americans, LGBTQ people, the religious right's attack on women's rights..

Basically, you're an a-hole.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-01-04 22:55
lol tell me something I don't know.
 
 
+3 # kyzipster 2017-01-03 00:38
The alt-right is having a "DeploraBall."

I can't think of a better way to tell the world, "she was right."

These aren't the brightest bulbs on the chandelier.
 
 
0 # revhen 2017-01-03 15:24
What book was burned? Remember, book-burning was a marker of the Nazis.
 

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