The mass media is being used by the neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate movements to give greater exposure to far-right leaders like Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler, Jack Posobiec, Preston Wiginton, and the most recent self-outed Nazi, broadcaster Alex Jones, to mainstream them and their dangerous ideology. This is similar to the methods used by Adolf Hitler to increase his exposure from a few beer-and-urine-reeking halls in Munich to all of Germany.
Hitler managed to reinvent himself as a peace-loving moral man thanks to favorable treatment by mainstream German and foreign newspapers. As historian Despina Stratigakos writes in her book, “Hitler at Home,” Hitler was presented by a large sector of the German media as “a good man, a moral man,” and even though this was all fabricated, a popular view of Hitler was manufactured. According to Stratigakos, German and English magazines portrayed Hitler as a “cultured gentleman, beloved by dogs and children,” enjoying his home in Obersalzberg, Bavaria. She adds, “Even the American Dog Kennel Gazette had this feature on Hitler as a dog lover.”
Trump, on the other hand, cannot even be shown to be a dog lover, since he despises dogs and other animals due to his extreme germaphobia, a trait he shares with the late billionaire recluse Howard Hughes.
Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw wrote that Hitler was an “empty vessel outside his political life,” with few real friends and “an overinflated view of his own intellect.” That sounds very much like Donald Trump. America has suffered Nazi and Klan leaders in the past but none, not even Louisiana’s failed U.S. Senate candidate and former Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke, even came close to the White House. The 1924 Democratic National Convention in New York, also known as the “Klanbake,” almost nominated for president William McAdoo, who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. But McAdoo never received the nomination and the White House was saved from the Klan and the nascent Nazis of the 1920s. In 2016, something surprising occurred: a Nazi and Klan sympathizer was elected president of the United States, a feat that McAdoo, German-American Bund führer Fritz Kuhn, American Nazi leaders George Lincoln Rockwell and Michael Collins, crypto-Nazi GOP Representative John Schmitz, and David Duke could have only dreamed about.
Donald Trump, a thoroughly immoral individual who commented about having sex with his daughter on more than one occasion, also saw the mass media reinvent him as something he is not. The casino owner and real estate tycoon who bragged about how many times he frequented the well-known cocaine-haven Studio 54 in Manhattan in the 1980s suddenly became a “Christian” pied piper. This moral elevation for Trump was thanks to endorsements by evangelical con men like Pat Robertson, the son of one of Virginia’s most noted segregationist U.S. senators, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., the son of the porcine TV preacher who combined hatred with biblical verse.
A day after Trump read an anti-Nazi and anti-Klan statement written for him by his aides, the so-called president retweeted a message from neo-Nazi conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, a supporter of the Nazi and Klan marchers in Charlottesville. In other words, Trump was giving props to someone who supported the antics of Nazis and Klansmen that ended up in the death of Heather Heyer at the hands of Nazi marcher James Fields, an ex-member of the U.S. Army from Ohio who committed a terrorist act in running his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Perhaps, Fields was prompted to commit his terrorist act after heeding Trump’s many calls for violence at his campaign rallies. Trump repeatedly encouraged his supporters to attack protesters, promising to pay their legal bills if they were arrested.
Alex Jones said he believes that many of the Nazi and Klan protesters in Charlottesville were actually “Jewish actors” masquerading as far-right activists. Not content with spewing forth a kooky conspiracy theory, Jones delved into Jewish racial stereotypes worthy of Heinrich Himmler or German Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher. Jones ranted, “I’ve been to these events, a lot of the KKK guys with their hats off look like they’re from the cast of Seinfeld . . . Look at them, they’re just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general, but the leftist Jewish want to create this clash, so they go dress up as Nazis . . . I have footage in Austin—we’re going to find it somewhere here at the office—where it literally looks like cast of Seinfeld or like Howard Stern in a Nazi outfit. They all look like Howard Stern. They almost got like, the little curly hair down, and they’re just up there heil-ing Hitler. You can tell they are totally uncomfortable, they are totally scared, and it’s all just meant to create the clash. I’ve seen Nazi rallies where the Jewish guys posing as Nazis tuck their [peyot or curly sideburns] literally into Nazi hats. Wearing old SA Hollywood outfits that you know came out of some Hollywood lot, . . . And I love Jewish folks*. The point is, you go to the event. There’s the Nazis, and it’s like—those guys look more Jewish and Seinfeld. I’ve got the videos, we’ve got to dig them up somewhere.”
[* Only the Likudniks in Israel and people like Stephen Miller, Dennis Miller, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, and Michael Savage.]
Jones’s rant was worthy of any racist anti-Jewish drivel that can be read on the Nazi website “Stormfront,” now banned by GoDaddy and Google. Since the onset of Trump’s presidential campaign, Jones, who once claimed he was a non-partisan libertarian, has plunged deeply into the Republican Party’s neo-Nazi movement. We refuse to use the term “alt-right” because it is intended to rebrand Nazism and Klan activity in the United States in an effort to mainstream what have historically been fringe movements. It should also be noted that Jones’s Infowars crew sent to Charlottesville were in the company of the Nazi and Klan marchers and tended to by Nazi “medics” that were on hand after counter-protesters sprayed the Nazis with pepper spray.
America is now at a fateful crossroads. One is either with the Nazis and Klan or against them. There is no middle ground, just as there was no moral neutrality in Germany during the rise of the Nazi regime. Trump and his Nazis and Klan will destroy the United States if they are given any more political power. The target-of-necessity for all loyal Americans should be the complete destruction of the political vessel the Nazis and Klan now claim as their own, the Republican Party. There is no “reforming” a party that helped spawn the political careers of David Duke, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, Louis Gohmert of Texas, Steve King of Iowa, and, most egregiously, Donald J. Trump. Those who reminisce over the administrations of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan should just start a new centrist-conservative party and let the GOP dissolve in the acidity of its own hate and extremism.
Note: Although this editor was a non-paid contributor to Infowars on stories of my own choosing, I thoroughly reject and find personally repugnant the Nazi, Klan, and other extremist views of Alex Jones and his provocateurs and guests. There are absolutely no current links between WMR and Infowars, Prison Planet, or any other Jones enterprises, even though his websites continue to carry WMR stories dating back as early as 12 years ago.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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