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Pierce writes: "This was a racist speech down to its last dipthong."

Trump rally. (photo: Getty)
Trump rally. (photo: Getty)


This Was a Fascist Rally Down to Its Bones

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

18 July 19


The president* is proud of the monster he has created. He glories in the destruction and the almighty rage.

y now, unfortunately, a 'tween girl at El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago's little exercise in apartheid cosplay has been hauled into the national spotlight because she happened to be standing behind him when the lizard-brained chant of "send her back" erupted in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, a sitting member of the United States Congress. Because of the wizardry of modern video technology, television had zoomed right in on her as she slowly picks up the chant with no apparent enthusiasm. She then became little more than an object lesson. I wish her well. I hope she grows up to be Dorothy Day. I hope she grows up to be Exene Cervenka, if that's what she wants. I hope she grows up happy and at peace with the world. I hope she grows up in a country where incitement-to-riot isn't a net-plus in presidential elections. I hope, but it's getting harder by the hour.

This was a racist speech down to its last dipthong. This was a fascist rally down to its bones. You don't have to be even a casual student of history to recognize that, because, somewhere deep in all of us, is this same angry political Id, this fear and distrust of the other tribe just over the misty mountains. In April, in a cave in the Phillippines, researchers discovered evidence of a new species of ancient hominid, Homo luzonensis. For years now, scientists have discovered that the evolution of human beings was not as straightforward a line as had been thought. There were other species of the genus Homo that never made it this far, either because they were bred out of their distinct existence, or because they were crowded out by a more dominant species.

Whatever ferocious genetic and biological imperatives made Homo sapiens survive long enough to invent frozen yogurt and produce Donald Trump are still there in all of us. We recognize this fact, even if only subliminally. The best of us regard it with a healthy fear as something to be controlled. The worst of us act on it, and other people end up dead. And some of us tease it out of people and do so for their own power and profit, and don't care if they can control the results as long as they get theirs. Poets and novelists have made it their meat for centuries now.

In 1818, Mary Shelley published her Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus. By the end, both man and monster are destroyed. Victor Frankenstein laments:

The form of the monster on whom I had bestowed existence was for ever before my eyes, and I raved incessantly concerning him.

But his creation has the right of it, and understands humanity better than does the man who brought him to life again.

I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.

The president* has a predator's gift for bringing out the native self-destruction in people for his own profit. What he has done in the last three years has been his masterwork in this regard. He doesn't plague himself with doubt about what he's creating around him. He is proud of his monster. He glories in its anger and its destruction and, while he cannot imagine its love, he believes with all his heart in its rage. He is Frankenstein without conscience.

All of that is going to be on vivid display over the next 18 months or so, just as it was on vivid display Wednesday night in North Carolina. The details are already so well-known as to beggar repeating, but what existed in that hall exists all around us now. As a nation, in our politics, we are both Frankenstein and Creature as one, and the president* seems to be the only one who grasps this basic fact, grasps it well enough to use as both sword and shield. I hope that young girl comes one day to realize fully what happened around her on Wednesday night, and to learn from it and to grow away from it. I hope, but it gets harder by the hour.

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+88 # pmargaret7 2019-07-18 15:44
I'm afraid God can't help us with this one! Orange was "elected" by idiots who think racism is fine, in fact that racism and immigration are our biggest problems! They don't seem to care about climate, health care/drug prices, out-of-control guns (seemingly available to anyone who can breath and pay for the "killingest" weapons out there, takeover of national land for millionaires to dig for oil..
etc, etc, etc. I keep seeing in my mind the rallies in Germany as Hitler was stirring up hate in the 1930's, and I hate the comparisons. Racial and ethnic displays and name-calling are always ugly! What to do? I wish I knew, but Orange has hypnotized his flock and I'm afraid they would drink Kool aid for him.
 
 
-34 # dbrize 2019-07-18 21:39
Look, Trump is wrong about a lot of things, correct occasionally and must face election in less than two years. All this ongoing TDS about Nazi’s and Hitler is not only nonsense, it’s going to help him get re-elected if it continues.

If all these people screaming Nazi Germany and Hitler really believed it don’t you think they’re smart enough to get themselves and their families the hell out of here before the SS comes looking for them?

If the Dems want to win they’d better wake up and realize the voters they need in order to win don’t appreciate being called fascists, racists and deplorables.
 
 
+21 # lfeuille 2019-07-19 14:05
I wonder how many Germans said the same thing about Hitler.
 
 
+4 # dbrize 2019-07-19 16:19
Quoting lfeuille:
I wonder how many Germans said the same thing about Hitler.


If you think shouting “Hitler, Hitler, Nazi’s, Nazi’s” is going to swing the states you need to defeat Trump, more power to you. Sorry to rain on your parade.

It will get you lots of thumbs up here but preaching to the choir isn’t going to convince the minds you need to beat Trump.

Don’t worry, those of us that get it will still do the heavy lifting for you.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-20 17:11
"If you think shouting “Hitler, Hitler, Nazi’s, Nazi’s” is going to swing the states you need to defeat Trump"


Today, the NYTimes has an article on the electoral college map as of right now. Trump is pulling ahead in the post-industrial Midwest states that he just barely won last time. Trump like all presidents is in permanent campaign mode. His campaign is actually solidifying his electoral college strategy. He is pissing off the democratic voters in California, NY, and other densely populated areas but he is winning in the less populated areas.

Only Sanders seems to understand this. He campaigns to these people. He respects them, even while their views on many issues are not the same as his. If democrats condemn these MAGA hat people as Nazis they will have no chance to taking their votes away from Trump.

Elite media really does not help progressives or democratic socialists. For them it is just fun to call other people a Nazi. It makes them feel brave.
 
 
+2 # kyzipster 2019-07-20 23:26
Sanders really gets it imo. He's been trying to save the Democratic Party from itself but the problems are too deep and broad. Too many liberals are addicted to tribalism just like the other side.

I think I've said before that Hillary called half of them deplorable. Today, we get called racist for suggesting that maybe half of them aren't deplorable and maybe we should campaign to them as if they're not subhuman.
 
 
-4 # kyzipster 2019-07-19 17:27
I support your POV here. It's important to understand how the MAGA crowd view themselves. Trump has Tweeted some truly racist things, but there's a whole media network explaining it away. Telling Trump voters that Democrats are the real racists. I'm not excusing the delusions but I am pointing out the delusions on the liberal side. They're not Nazis, I know some of these people. Definitely xenophobes and Islamophobes as defined by the immigration issue and fear mongering over terrorism and sharia law, but not mid-20th century racists. Not even close.

I really believe progressives have become the flip side, just as willing to demonize millions of people with false propaganda, fueling hate and division and even violence. Recently attacking Andy Ngo in Portland, a conservative journalist who ended up with a brain injury. Ironically, he's gay and a racial minority. Quite a few other incidences the liberal bubble mostly ignores or justifies, like the conservative bubble downplays their extremism. I point this out because I want Trump to lose in 2020.

What's more telling are the accusations within the left. AOC calling Pelosi a racist and a sexist. AOC's chief of staff singling out Democrats in Congress, some of whom are black, comparing them to Jim Crow era racists because he disagreed with their vote. Just as irresponsible as Trump with their trolling perhaps.

I think we'll see higher percentages of minorities voting for Trump in 2020. People are really sick of it.
 
 
+4 # Jim Young 2019-07-19 23:52
Quoting kyzipster:
I really believe progressives have become the flip side, just as willing to demonize millions of people with false propaganda, fueling hate and division and even violence.


Please stop those thoughts, Martin Luther King, taught us better than that.

I lived as a young child dependent when my father was stationed in Germany during the Nuremberg Trials and Berlin Airlift so I may be a bit more interested in how so many normally better Germans ended up "supporting" Nazis.

See https://theconversation.com/how-should-we-protest-neo-nazis-lessons-from-german-history-82645


"...It was in 1927, while still on the political fringes, that the Nazi Party scheduled a rally in a decidedly hostile location... The Nazis often held rallies right where their enemies lived, to provoke them...

The antifascists tried to disrupt the rally, heckling the speakers. Nazi thugs retaliated. There was a massive brawl. Almost 100 people were injured.

I imagine the people of Wedding felt they had won that day. They had courageously sent a message: Fascism was not welcome.

But historians believe events like the rally in Wedding helped the Nazis build a dictatorship. Yes, the brawl got them media attention. But what was far, far more important was how it fed an escalating spiral of street violence. That violence helped the fascists enormously..."
 
 
+2 # dbrize 2019-07-20 10:30
Quoting Jim Young:
Quoting kyzipster:
I really believe progressives have become the flip side, just as willing to demonize millions of people with false propaganda, fueling hate and division and even violence.


Please stop those thoughts, Martin Luther King, taught us better than that.

I lived as a young child dependent when my father was stationed in Germany during the Nuremberg Trials and Berlin Airlift so I may be a bit more interested in how so many normally better Germans ended up "supporting" Nazis.

See https://theconversation.com/how-should-we-protest-neo-nazis-lessons-from-german-history-82645


"...It was in 1927, while still on the political fringes, that the Nazi Party scheduled a rally in a decidedly hostile location... The Nazis often held rallies right where their enemies lived, to provoke them...

The antifascists tried to disrupt the rally, heckling the speakers. Nazi thugs retaliated. There was a massive brawl. Almost 100 people were injured.

I imagine the people of Wedding felt they had won that day. They had courageously sent a message: Fascism was not welcome.

But historians believe events like the rally in Wedding helped the Nazis build a dictatorship. Yes, the brawl got them media attention. But what was far, far more important was how it fed an escalating spiral of street violence. That violence helped the fascists enormously..."


You realize that your quote serves to confirm zipsters point?
 
 
0 # Jim Young 2019-07-22 23:39
Quoting dbrize:
You realize that your quote serves to confirm zipsters point?


I have changed from considering very moderate and carefully focused response -in-kind possibly being effective. I find too many willing to overdo it and become far more counter-product ive. I have a much greater appreciation for Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ghandi, winning greater moral victories than they ever could through violence, no matter how justified.
 
 
-2 # kyzipster 2019-07-20 23:10
You really think Andy Ngo getting a head injury in Portland is the moral equivalent of Germans taking on Nazis? AOC and her staff trolling fellow Democrats with the racist card? And you're telling me what to think. Jeez.

The frightening thing to me is that 'the left' really believes it, that's why we're seeing violence and a media that's excusing it or ignoring it. If you don't understand how this feeds right-wing fascism, puts us at risk of another 4 years of Trump, I can't help you. As dbrize pointed out, your own post makes this point.

The Unite the Right rally that followed Charlottesville in Boston was met with thousands of counter protestors. Only 50 Unite the Right people even showed up. The police escorted them away before anyone even spoke. How many liberals are even aware of this? Every rally since Charlottesville has been basically shut down or muffled by peaceful counter-protest ing. There is no tolerance for Nazis in this country and violence isn't needed. The liberal media is fueling this fear in countless ways and it will help Trump win a second term imo.

My grandparents escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
 
 
0 # Jim Young 2019-07-22 23:53
I'm becoming a more careful student of the show Free Speech: The Challenge of Our Times.

James O'Keefe gets to me like no one else so I was interested in the story about how he tried to stir up trouble at Middlebury College.

See https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Campus-Politics-Whodunit-/242050
I favor free speech, even his, but would try to prepare the students better to know his past record or prepare them for what ever stunts he typically pulls. Try to set up a followup, to properly analyze what he is trying to do, for example.

My plan would be to attend, stay silent (don't shout him down or prevent him from talking, maybe turn my back when he gets way out there, but get a transcript to have another group that doesn't attend to read the transcript to an audience in a plain, unemotional tone, then have the crowd dissect the words he used and have fact checkers rate his speech.
 
 
+40 # Wise woman 2019-07-18 18:38
Amen!!!
 
 
+15 # DongiC 2019-07-19 01:04
Powerful comment, pmargaret7, especially the part about the Kool aid. Shades of Jim Jones!
 
 
+13 # Razzoo2 2019-07-18 23:11
This frankenstein monster seems to have love only for himself.
 
 
+1 # susanlno 2019-07-19 00:14
That's "diphthong."
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-07-19 13:37
I just discovered that my genuine Roget's International Thesaurus (6/E, 2001) has "opthalmic" as a keyword, with the actual entry just below spelled correctly.
 
 
+10 # lorenbliss 2019-07-19 00:22
And let us never forget: Trump is a genuinely establishment-p rotected Nazi, endorsed and guarded by the anti-impeachmen t Quislings of the Democratic (sic) Fifth Column.

Were I able, I would flee this evil realm, which -- now that Trump has legitimized its seething white racism, misogyny and sexism -- is already proving itself forever beyond any rational hope for progressive change.

Yes, I hope Trump will lose next year's electoral vote, though that increasingly appears to be wishful thinking.

Meanwhile it becomes ever-more-evide nt this nation -- like Nazi Germany in 1939 -- cannot be saved. For Trump -- hiding his infinite malevolence behind a lopsided grin -- is already telling us he has no intention of leaving office even if he loses the 20020 election.

And, yes, I believe him -- just as I believe the Democratic (sic) Party will rally round him then just as it is doing now.

The United States? It's over, done, finished.
 
 
+8 # thehodges1 2019-07-19 01:10
I hate to say this but "I told you so" the United States of KKK.
 
 
+15 # janie1893 2019-07-19 01:56
Charles Pierce, I bow to the specificity and the eloquence of your description of the event and of the president. Well said, Sir!
 
 
+16 # futhark 2019-07-19 03:16
Diversionary hate mongering is always easier than serious, informed engagement with real issues. Part of the root of this evil is the sheer laziness of Donald Trump and his cohorts and followers to go to the trouble of learning the scientifically verifiable facts involved with environmental damage resulting in climate change and resource depletion. It's so much easier and more fun to focus antipathy at people that look or think differently and to chant nonsense such as "Lock her up!" than study serious issues and find ways to remediate real problems.

It should be a cautionary tale for Trump followers to take a serious look at the condition of post World War II Germany so they can see the effects of racing around rallying against religious and ethnic minorities and relying on military solutions to perceived problems instead of going to the trouble of studying and working for the betterment of all people on the planet.
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2019-07-20 17:31
Quoting futhark 2019-07-19 03:16:
It should be a cautionary tale for Trump followers to take a serious look at the condition of post World War II Germany so they can see the effects of racing around rallying against religious and ethnic minorities and relying on military solutions to perceived problems instead of going to the trouble of studying and working for the betterment of all people on the planet.

- aren't you guilty of expecting "true" reflection on the part of dickhead's followers?

in 2016 this site was CHOCK FULL OF self-styled "true progressives" who cared NOT to analyse dickhead or what he CLEARLY STOOD FOR?

in 2016 wasn't it all our self-styled "true progressives" cared about? was defeating "never hillary"?

well! WE got what all our self-styled "true progressives" truly wanted!

and WE got exactly what all our self-styled "true progressives" truly deserve!

and it's way too late to expect better behavior of dickhead's supporters than WE, ourselves, can bear to behave!

comments here have persuaded me that it is not our best course to oppose dickhead's armed thugs with violence - you too?

so let's pray WE can CHILL OUT all our self-styled "true progressives" who are violence-prone - that is, if? here on rsn? that's not too much to ask?
 
 
+7 # mngreer 2019-07-19 03:48
And America burned while the populace fiddled.
 
 
+9 # dionysus777 2019-07-19 06:25
And not exactly the brightest looking crowd of individuals, objectively speaking.
 
 
+10 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-19 07:06
It would be eliminationist to somehow get rid of these scumbags and it is similar to their policies to regard them as subhuman, but what else can you do? How do you deal with them and the evilness that they've created, the damage they've done to society? These are not Americans who internalize American values, human values, even JudeoChristian values. These are the true believers who voluntarily kill innocent people and glory in it.
 
 
+20 # suzyskier 2019-07-19 08:07
Ever since Trump began his campaign to win the Presidency I have worried constantly about this slide towards Fascism, I am frightened. Growing up learning about Hitler and studying Nazi Germany I assured myself “It Can’t Happen Here “. Boy was I wrong. The further we get from that terrible era the less it’s taught in school. Many of his fans have no concept of how this may be history repeating itself. There have been Nazis in this country since the 1930’s and now they aren’t afraid to show themselves and their ugly screed. Trump has always admired Hitler just ask his first wife.
 
 
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-19 08:09
"somewhere deep in all of us, is this same angry political Id, this fear and distrust of the other tribe just over the misty mountains."


I don't believe this. Mary Shelley's Frankstein is an argument against this Hobbesian and DeMaistrian view of human nature. In fact, people are basically cooperative and socially oriented. The creature in Frankenstein learns hate and violence because others treat him that way.

People can be driven to anger and violence by demagogues. This article describes Trump's demagoguery. He whips the masses into a frenzy. The same occurs on both sides. The "hate-Trump" movement whipped up by the Mueller probe is just as irrational and frenzied.

Trump is a vile and ugly human being. He appeals on this level because he has found out that it works in America.

I would use the term "fascism" more precisely. In the above, it really only means "ugly" or "hateful." In truth, fascism is the corporate control of government. That's been going on long before Trump.

For a better view of Trump's criminality, read this --


"Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case"

"Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime.

by Whitney Webb

www.mintpressnews.com
 
 
+7 # futhark 2019-07-19 14:43
All the Social Darwinists out there who think that it is only natural that the economic arena of human existence is based on an innate desire to control and exploit resources and other people will produce the greatest common good in a laissez faire capitalist system ought to take a look at "Mutual Aid", a book by the Russian explorer, naturalist, and political philosopher Peter Kropotkin, in which he catalogs instance after instance of organisms that derive survival and reproductive advantages from cooperating rather than competing.

Trump's supporters, by and large, seem to be convinced of the Ayn Rand notion that selfishness and brutal competition is the best means to achieving stability and prosperity, but it appears that reality is quite the contrary. Nature has ways of sorting these things out. We see that apex predators often suffer from low genetic diversity and their populations are likewise unstable. A crisis like the end of the last Ice Age caused the extinction of more go-it-alone species, like the giant short faced bear and American and European lions, than herd animals.
 
 
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-20 05:45
Yes, the great Peter Kropotkin. Everyone should read his books.


The US has always been a magnet state for the social darwinists of the world. They flourish here. The strong devour the weak. Sociopaths rule the nation in both politics, business, and entertainment celebrities. Still, they are a tiny minority of people.

Ayn Rand found a home in the US. She derived most of her ideas from living here.
 
 
+2 # johnescher 2019-07-20 13:03
Read this, RR. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/03/donald-trump-most-impeachable-president-american-history
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-20 18:59
j.e., -- I read it. Ralph Nader is always good. He does not adequately explain why democrats are so reluctant to take on an impeachment. Political tactics is OK but I suspect there is more than that.

I think Demos shot their wads on the Mueller Probe. They put all they had into Mueller and he turned out to be a big nothing burger. The instances of obstruction of justice that Mueller cites would be quite easy to refute in open hearings. Now I think Demos are putting all their energy into Pedogate and the Trump-Epstein connection.

Still, if Democrats want to impeach Trump I think they can do it. They can indict him in the House. There is enough for that. Nader goes into the crimes of illegal wars and that is good. The impeachment would probably fail in the Senate.

Mostly I worry that impeachment or endless Benghazi style investigations will be the permanent function of congress. Demos will investigate/imp each republicans. Reps will investigate/imp each demos. The government will fall into dysfunctionalit y. Maybe this is the way the tyranny of the Washington regime will end. If so, then I'm all for it. But more immediately, I think that if Sanders is elected in 2020, repubs will open impeachment hearings within a month.
 
 
-5 # MikeAF48 2019-07-19 08:29
Women from the left are chanting "are you strong enough to be my man." women from the right don't count.
 
 
+17 # Byronator 2019-07-19 09:05
The rageoholic MAGA sector has been decades in the making. It's been cultivated in the fetid "get the ratings at any cost" mindset of broadcast media. Morton Downey, Jr., Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, the entire Fox News hate-humping apparatus. All cleanly sanctioned under the First Amendment. Trump is just the first politician to ride the H-bomb of nihilistic tribalism down to ground zero of America "democracy."
 
 
+17 # Citizen Mike 2019-07-19 09:28
Disgusting and terrifying to watch this unfold, America is going bad like Germany did. I may have to join the Resistance even though at my age I am not fit for rough stuff, but I will do what I can.
 
 
+3 # revhen 2019-07-21 18:09
If T and his supporters can call the 4 "Communists," it gives us the right to call him "Nazi." Mein Kampf is the instruction book.
 

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