Rachel Maddow explained to us why Trump’s dinner with Nazis is not politics.
Rachel #Maddow “Guys like that, neo-nazi agitators getting a big proverbial hug, a private audience with the Republican Party’s likely next presidential nominee…it’s great for the Nazis, right? It’s a great thing for their perceived legitimacy and their reach.” pic.twitter.com/9Y09iQmUkN
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 29, 2022
It seems like most of the political talk has revolved around Trump’s negative reaction to this revelation, his poor leadership of the Republican Party, the impact this could have on Trump’s reputation, and whether or not he will be hurt by it.
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People For The American Way doesn’t just monitor these guys and keep track of their activities. It is also because they may have an indirect effect one day on real politicians who come in contact with them.
No, the reason it is worth keeping track of Holocaust-denying racist agitators who advocate race war and — I kid you not — burning women alive in America, the reason you — the reason you monitor guys like that is not just because of
their potential future impact someday on other people who have power, it’s because of their power and the damage they want to do.
And guys like that, neo-nazi agitators getting a big proverbial hug, a private audience with the Republican Party’s likely next presidential nominee, sure, that reflects on that political candidate and on his party, but more importantly, it’s great for the Nazis, right? It’s a supercharging thing for their perceived legitimacy, their reach, their ability to get their message out to people, to operate, recruit, and do what they want to do, which in this guy’s case is turning the United States of America into a whites-only, no Jews allow fascist homeland under a dictator who he would please like to be Donald Trump. It is hard to have regular, everyday, normal politics alongside this type of politics, too, but that’s where we are, and the violent ultra-right will benefit greatly from this moment.
Maddow was right. This situation isn’t politics as usual. Donald Trump is promoting Nazis and telling people Nick Fuentes truly gets him. Trump’s desires and impulses have never been in doubt, and he wants to destroy democracy to seize and keep power.
If Trump is treated by the media as an oddity, such as when he dines with Nazis, and they debate whether NAZIS is a good thing or not, they are normalizing extremeism and injecting extremism into mainstream society.
Donald Trump is a national threat and American right-wing extremism will not tolerate any less.
Jason is the managing editor. Jason is also a White House Press Pool correspondent and a Congressional correspondent at PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate research was focused on public policy with a specialization within social reform movements.
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