UPDATE: I wrote this post in February 2017 after a white nationalist attacked a mosque in Quebec, shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration. The major news story that month was Trump’s executive attempting to ban Muslims from entering the country. Why? Because the posed a risk to the safety of the United States citizens.
The irony was not lost on me then. It is even less so now. Donald Trump refers to the press as the “enemy of the people.” He calls Mexicans criminals and rapists. He refers to the entire continent of Africa as “shithole countries.” But white nationalist terrorists are ” very fine people.”
Here are some of the president’s “fine people.”
1) Gregory Bush, 51, shot two black citizens to death at a grocery store outside of Louisville, Kentucky on October 24, 2018.
Gregory Bush, 51, was charged with killing Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, at the supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., a suburb of Louisville.
As more information about the Wednesday attack and its alleged perpetrator have emerged, there are indications that Bush chose his targets because of the color of their skin.
The murders in Kentucky were easy to miss. They took place on a Wednesday afternoon while the nation was gripped by the unfolding drama of the biggest targeted assassination attempt in United States history. The same day pipe bombs were cropping up in mail intended for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, and other prominent left-wing figures and critics of President Donald Trump, a white man in Louisville tried to break into a black Baptist church.
The man, Gregory Bush, failed to get in because it was securely locked. About 10 minutes later, he walked into a Kroger grocery store and opened fire on Maurice Stallard, a 69-year-old black man who apparently had had no prior contact with the killer. Bush then walked into a parking lot and shot Vickie Lee Jones, a 67-year-old black woman. Both victims died. Next, Bush was confronted by a white, male civilian, also armed. Neither fired on the other. Bush reportedly said, “Whites don’t kill whites,” then fled the scene. He has since been apprehended.
2) Cesar Sayoc, Jr. mailed more than a dozen pipe bombs to Democrats and other prominent critics- real and perceived- of Donald Trump, including CNN in October 2018.
The complaint identifies a Twitter account that authorities said he used to rail against Democratic figures, and it notes that both his social media messages and the bomb packages used the same misspelling — “Hilary Clinton” — for Mr. Trump’s 2016 opponent.
Mr. Sayoc also posted frequently on right-wing social media groups, the authorities said. On Facebook, Mr. Sayoc published photos of a Trump rally he attended during the 2016 presidential campaign. He was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.
When asked why Sayoc targeted Democrats in his attempted bombing campaign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week he “appears to be a partisan” but did not comment further.
3) Robert Bowers, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 and wounding 3 others on October 27, 2018.
Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old long-haul trucker, was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes. He had posted anti-Semitic rants on social media, including Gab, a fringe website favored by white nationalists.
It appears Bowers authored a social media post before the shooting accusing the organization HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, of bringing “invaders in that kill our people.” It’s unclear who Bowers meant when saying “our people.” He also wrote about a number of conspiracy theories and his opposition to the migrant caravan.
What does Donald Trump think about all of this?
“I’m a nationalist.”
Donald Trump, Houston, Texas, October 22, 2018
President Trump Just Called Himself a ‘Nationalist.’ Here’s What That Means—and Why It’s So Dangerous.
Nationalism is not patriotism. Just ask George Orwell.
by Jack Holmes, Esquire Magazine, October 23, 2018
As Orwell goes on to note, the nationalist leader need not even present a positive vision of the nation or the movement. It can be purely a negation of something else. In the case of Trumpian nationalism, it seems to be White America’s attempt at negating a slice of reality itself: that America’s demographics are changing, white people are sliding away from majority status, the hold of white men on social and political power is beginning to slip, and historically subjugated groups—including women—are demanding more power for themselves. In yet another study last week, the animating force for Trump supporters was found to be racial resentment. It’s not the first, or an outlier.
ORIGINAL POST FROM FEBRUARY 2017
It Is Time to Start Calling White Nationalism What It Is- Terrorism
This most recent attack in Quebec perpetrated by a white nationalist has to be the last straw. This is not the first time that a white nationalist has terrorized innocent civilians. In fact, this problem seems to be getting worse. It isn’t going to change until we start calling it what it is: “White Nationalist Terrorism” and start doing something about it. We cannot just talk about it anymore; we have to start doing something.
One thing that we really must do is create a registry of white nationalists and white nationalist sympathizers.
This really should not be too hard. We can start with known white nationalist websites like Breitbart “news” and start compiling lists of anyone that subscribes to that website and others like it. We could also include anyone who has shared a post from these websites or expressed support for them by liking them on social media.
We do have the names of some prominent white nationalists like Steve Bannon and Donald Trump so we can start looking at people who follow them on social media or have other known associations with them. We will obviously have to remove anyone associated with white nationalism from sensitive national security posts since we cannot vouch for their loyalty given the terrorist tendencies of some white nationalist sympathizers.
We do know that there are white nationalist sympathizers in the White House and various agencies of the federal government. Perhaps we could just get those people to enter their own names into the registry while they are creating it. But we will also have to remove them from their jobs obviously once they have entered their names.
We will also have to ban white nationalists and people from countries with large populations of white nationalists and people from countries where white nationalists have committed acts of terrorism. After all, we must keep our people safe and some of these white nationalists are clearly terrorists. I am sure they are not all bad people but we can not really tell which ones are bad without proper vetting.
Since our first priority must be to keep our citizens safe and white nationalist groups have committed acts of terrorism both within our country and outside of it, we really have no choice but to bar admittance into our country of anyone who is in any way associated with white nationalist groups.
This is in addition to monitoring those who are already in the country. We should probably also look into detaining those whose association with white nationalism is so clear that the risk of violence is too great. Better to throw in a few innocent people with possible white nationalist sympathies than to risk allowing any of these white nationalist terrorists to run free in our country.
Some white nationalists will say that they should not be persecuted for their beliefs. They might argue that they have done nothing wrong other than have an unpopular opinion or express a controversial belief.
But we all know that when we seek to accommodate minority opinions it just leads us down the road to political correctness where everybody’s crazy idea becomes acceptable and, frankly, we just cannot have that. We need to be united and people who support belief systems that are not held by the majority cannot be given special treatment. If these white nationalists do not like what the majority of people in this country think, they are welcome to leave whenever they wish.
And they shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind the Constitution. The language in the Constitution only applies to real Americans and white nationalists cannot be real Americans.
The founding fathers were not white nationalists.
- Ben Franklin was an abolitionist, and other founders like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were opposed to slavery.
- Thomas Jefferson, the author of the “Declaration of Independence”, which included that quaint line about “all men being created equal,” had an intimate sexual relationship with an African-American woman and fathered children with her. Clearly, he would not have supported white nationalism.
- And we know the founders did not really mean that all men were created equal when they wrote that anyway. America was supposed to be for real Americans and people who do not have real American values do not deserve the same rights as everyone else.
Plus, freedom of speech and belief is dangerous. If people are allowed to say or believe anything they want, they can incite others to violence in the name of that belief.
Clearly, the number of incidents in recent months and years involving white nationalists attacking, terrorizing, and killing innocent civilians has become so great that not only do the actual terrorists constitute a threat, but anyone advocating belief in white nationalism is a threat because they might provoke others to violence. And it is not like you can tell the violent ones from the non-violent ones. Seriously, all the white nationalists really look alike anyway. And the ones that look different, like Ben Carson, are even harder to identify. How can we tell which ones are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones or which ones are likely to be radicalized by excessive exposure to white nationalist propaganda?
Some white nationalists might claim that they are not all violent or terrorists and that white nationalism is a peaceful belief system. But that is just dishonest. Everyone knows that white nationalism is inherently violent. The Civil War? The KKK? Lynchings? The Holocaust? And it is not like it is getting any better. We have been plagued by violence, vandalism, and terrorism perpetrated by white nationalists in recent years and, as the attack yesterday shows, there are no signs that it is going to get any better any time soon.
The smartest thing to do is to detain all of the white nationalists and people associated with white nationalism, as well as people from regions with a high propensity for white nationalism immediately until we can establish a proper vetting process for determining which ones are safe.
We have to get this sorted out before we can allow people with radical beliefs and terrorist tendencies to go running around free in this country.
The safety of American lives must be our highest priority and the inconvenience caused to a minority of people- citizens, immigrants, white nationalist refugees from South Africa, whatever- is a very small price to pay for providing peace of mind to the citizens of this country.