|Clouds rolling in from the White Mountains, 6:30 AM|
|Yesterday's rain and hail....a project on hold|
I went outside with the cats a little before 6:30 AM in order to check my paint job on the glider and to spritz a little paint before the rains came. Then I sprinted back inside for my camera because the sky was ominously dark as clouds poured over the mountains, while the sun was lighting up the east. A big but somewhat amorphous shelf cloud was lifting over the mountains and spreading out over the valley. I didn't get the camera in time to get its forward edge on film, but the sky looked apocalyptic as the clouds spread out over our neighborhood.
|like a scene from an apocalyptic movie|
|Persey up a peach tree while ominous clouds roll in--Cats, what do they care?|
|14-years old and frisky (according to Wikipedia, 72 years in human years)|
|Cassie, after checking out the chickens|
White supremacists have been encouraged by the Trump campaign--and one can see why. During the primary, Donald Trump dog-whistled white racism by sharing Twitter posts of racists, and he has been blatantly racist in his comments about Muslims and Mexicans (and Judge Curiel). White nationalist Andrew Anglin, of The Daily Stormer, wrote in January of this year:
Our Glorious Leader and ULTIMATE SAVIOR has gone full wink-wink-wink to his most aggressive supporters. After having been attacked for retweeting a White Genocide account a few days ago, Trump went on to retweet two more White Genocide accounts back to back......Today in America the air is cold and it tastes like victory.Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup senior economist, published the findings of a poll of Trump supporters and found that while economic issues seemed to influence their support, a majority of his supporters make high enough salaries not to be in personal economic distress. Instead, there was "stronger evidence that racial isolation and less strictly economic measures of social status, namely health and intergenerational mobility, are robustly predictive of favorable views toward Trump, and these factors predict support for him but not other Republican presidential candidates." In other words,
[w]hat Rothwell discovered is that those who view Trump favorably are racially isolated as well as isolated from immigrants. Their grievances aren't so much economic or even sociological as psychological. These older whites are a group in despair--shrouded by a cloud of pessimism, loss and disempowerment, as Rothwell describes the nationalist tide in other countries similar to the one that is now bearing Trump....These folks are angry about their position in the society, about a lack of hopefulness in the future. They want scapegoats. And they want the liberty to scald those scapegoats with impunity. (Neal Gabler, Bill Moyers & Company website.)The Pew Research Center recently conducted a poll that reinforces Rothwell's research: "Clinton supporters (72%) are far more likely than Trump supporters (40%) to view the nation's increasing diversity positively."
Donald Trump, writes Josh Marshall of TPM, has "normalized a litany of statements and actions that were political[ly] verboten, at least from the [GOP's] leadership. He has activated the voice of GOP white nationalism, spoken its language out loud and in doing so made it conscious of itself and expanded its ambitions." Those ambitions are encouraged, also, by Trump's choosing Stephen K. Bannon, as his campaign CEO-- Bannon, of Breitbart Media that promotes an alt-right view, a view that Ian Tuttle, writing for The National Review, has called "the racist, moral rot at the heart of the Alt-Right."
Referring to that "alt-right" movement, Don Advo, co-host of white nationalist Stormfront Radio, said in a recent discussion with David Duke, "...we appear to have taken over the Republican party." To which David Duke responded,
Well, the rank and file, but a lot of those boll weevils, they're still in those cotton balls and, uh, the Republican Party may be a European-American populated party, but like a ball of cotton, you have [unclear stutter] boll weevils in there that are gonna rot it out from the inside, and there are still a lot of them around here.Duke doesn't identify the "boll weevils" who are preventing the Republican Party from flowering into a full-blown white nationalist party, but he seems convinced that the "rank and file" are white nationalists. And that's what Donald Trump has emboldened in his angry march to the White House.
Stormfront, The Daily Stormer, the storm clouds of racism and white nationalism....
I can only hope that, like the storm that blew in this morning and was then followed by sunshine and partly cloudy skies, the anger and racism that I see encouraged by Donald Trump's campaign will be disavowed by a majority of Americans come Tuesday, November 8th. Or will the darker prognostication of Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and writer, prove true?
These are people [Trump supporters] who I think, to be perfectly honest, lose in November and then they look around and look at their wall and they say, "well, goddamn, we've got a lot of guns. We don't have the vote, but we've got the guns".... I honestly believe there's a point where these folks are more committed to their version of America than they are to what the words of America--the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, all of that--say we're supposed to be about. So I think those of us who care about pluralism, progressivism, justice, equality, all of those things had better be really clear: These people who are voting for Donald Trump are not convertible. They are not our allies. They are not our potential friends. It is about literally either steamrolling and defeating them and imposing a just and decent society or it is about letting them win. And I don't believe there is any middle ground between that. I'd love to think there was, but I just do not see it.Discouraging words--not prescient, I hope, in their despair, but the anger, the ranting, the racism, the increase in conspiracies and paranoia I observe on social media certainly lend credence to those words.
Sources referred to in this post:
1. Ben Kharakh and Dan Primack. "Donald Trump's Social Media Ties to White Supremacists" Fortune.
2. Andrew Anglin. "Happening: Trump Retweets Two More White Genocide Accounts Back to Back. January 25, 2016. The Daily Stormer.
3. Jonathan T. Rothwell. "Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump." poll published on Social Science Research Network, August 1, 2016.
4. Neal Gabler. "It's Not the Economy, Stupid! How Donald Trump Succeeds by Saying Out Loud What Many Voters Think." August 17, 2016. Bill Moyers & Company.
5. "Clinton, Trump Supporters have Starkly Different Views of a Changing Nation." Poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, released August 18, 2016 and published at people-press.org.
6. Josh Marshall. "The Gathering Storm." August 11, 2016. TPM.
7. Ian Tuttle. "The Racist Moral Rot at the Heart of the Alt-Right." April 5, 2016. The National Review.
8. Tommy Christopher. "David Duke Show Celebrates Trump's Breitbart Hire: 'We've Taken Over the Republican Party!'" Mediaite.com (includes an excerpt from Duke's and Don Aldo's discussion on Stormfront Radio)
9. Chauncey DeVega. "Wise on Trump, David Duke and the bigotry that's risen from the shadows" (Interview with Tim Wise). August 22, 2016. Salon.