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This weekend's Charlottesville rally shows how close "good old boys" and Nazis really are

Tara Isabella Burton · Saturday, August 12, 2017, 1:02 pm

The latest alt-right rally over a Confederate statue represents a terrifying resurgence of Nazi rhetoric.

The alt-right rally last night at the University of Virginia campus and today in the city of Charlottesville is technically about a statue of Robert E. Lee. But common to many participants in the rally is a willingness to use — and celebrate — Nazi symbols and ideology.

Last night’s protesters shouted anti-Semitic and Nazi-associated slogans, including "blood and soil”: a phrase that references the German ideology of Blut und Boden: the idea that a person is defined by his or her relationship to ethnic ancestry (blood) and the land they cultivate (soil).

Protesters also shouted “Jews will not replace us” (a more explicitly anti-Semitic take on “you will not replace us”, a white-supremacist alt-right slogan that arose in response to actor Shia LaBoeuf’s anti-Trump performance art piece “He Will Not Divide Us”).

Attendees at the rally also wore Nazi paraphernalia, carried flags with swastikas alongside Confederate flags, and wore shirts with quotations by Adolf Hitler.

To those demanding photographic evidence of Nazi regalia in #charlottesville, here's what's on display before breakfast. Be safe today pic.twitter.com/sbdkgv9eD1

— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) August 12, 2017
Protesters are doing something more terrifying than expressing hatred

The use of anti-Semitic slurs and Nazi imagery is ubiquitous among certain factions of the alt-right. But the rhetoric and imagery of Charlottesville, in which the tropes of the Ku Klux Klan -- including the burning torches of last night’s protest — and the trappings of Nazism collide, is particularly unsettling. In adopting the Nazified ideology of Blut und Boden, the Charlottesville demonstrators aren’t just expressing hatred against one group of people: something that would be sickening enough on its own.

Rather, they’re doing something even more terrifying: advocating for a radically reactionary understanding of societal relations: one predicated on the idea that one’s obligation is solely to fight for the future and the well-being of people who look just like them.

They’re also, implicitly, firing up their base by creating an even greater chasm between the “good old boys” — whom they portray as defending their own -- and their enemies: the implicit metropolitan (and coded-as-Jewish) elites: a strategy that may yet work to gather more disenfranchised, rural whites into the fold.

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Trump's nominee for top Department of Agriculture scientist is a birther and conspiracy theorist

Rss@dailykos.com (hunter) · Saturday, August 12, 2017, 1:58 pm

In accordance with Donald Trump's own personal devotion to making sure every one of his new federal appointees is someone apparently tapped for the position on a dare, Trump has selected non-scientist former conservative radio host Sam Clovis as his nominee for, we kiddeth thou not, the chief scientist for the Department of Agriculture. (We will assume it is solely because Clovis's ample jowls remind Donald of some of his favorite eatin' animals, because there sure isn't any other possible qualification Clovis has for the job.)

CNN has gotten hold of a collection of Clovis's past show transcripts and blog posts, and the nation's next top agricultural scientist may have a hell of a lot of explaining to do in his Senate confirmation hearings. He is a evidently a "birther":

In a 2012 blog post archived on the website for the Sioux City-based radio station KSCJ, Clovis raised questions about Obama's biography that echoed some of the theories pushed by those in the birther movement who claim that Obama isn't an American citizen.

Oh, but that's not the only conspiracy theory Clovis peddled. Not even close.

"[President Obama] is a dangerous person," Clovis wrote. "He is dangerous in that he does not have the interests of the nation in mind and is more than willing to do anything to advance an ideology that is absolutely opposed to American exceptionalism. Four more years of this man as president could very well mean the total deconstruction of our Constitutional republic. [...]"

In a September 2012 episode of his online radio program "Serious Civics with Sam Clovis," Clovis observed that Obama appeared "happy" after the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya that month.

"This is something that tells you that he is dismissive of the entire affair and in fact, I would even hate to stretch this out but it's almost as if it was intentional. As if he is happy that these things have occurred." Clovis said. "Now I know that's harsh and I don't have any evidence to support that. But look at his actions. Right after the event, where does he go? He goes and he does an interview on the hip hop guy who is a pimp and on top of everything else.


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