Rachel Maddow explained why Trump elevates Nazis by having dinner with them isn’t politics as usual.
Rachel #Maddow “These guys, neo-Nazi agitators, who literally get a big hug, a private audience with what’s probably the next Republican Party presidential nominee… that’s great for the Nazis, isn’t it? “pic.twitter.com/9Y09iQmUkN
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 29, 2022
And I feel like ever since that came to light over the bank holiday weekend, the main thing in political circles has been about whether or not this is bad for Trump, whether or not this will reflect badly on him as the leader of the Republican party, whether or not him that something could hurt, whether that could be a mistake or whether it’s slipping off him too.
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Okay, so the reason groups like People For The American Way monitor guys like this and track what they say and do isn’t just because a guy like that might someday have a random effect on a real politician who’s with them interacts.
No, the reason it’s worth keeping an eye on Holocaust-denying racist agitators who advocate race war and – I’m not kidding – the burning of women alive in America, the reason you – the reason you Monitoring guys like that isn’t just because of that
Their potential future impact on other people in power lies in their power and the harm they intend to cause.
And those guys, neo-Nazi agitators, who literally get a big hug, a private audience with what’s likely to be the next Republican Party presidential nominee, sure, that’s reflective of that political candidate and his party, but more importantly, it’s great for the Nazis, right ? It’s an overkill for their perceived legitimacy, their reach, their ability to get their message out to the people, to operate, to recruit, and to do what they want to do, which in this guy’s case is the United States of America in Whites transformed – only, no Jew allows a fascist homeland under a dictator that he would like Donald Trump to be. It’s hard to have normal, everyday, normal politics alongside this kind of politics, but this is where we are and the violent far right will benefit greatly from this moment.
Maddow was right. This situation is not politics as usual. Donald Trump Uplifts Nazis And Tells People Nick Fuentes Really Gets Him Trump’s desires and impulses have never been in doubt, and he wants to destroy democracy in order to seize and keep power.
When the media treats Trump’s dining with Nazis as just another Trump quirk and debates whether or not it’s a bad thing for the former president to hang out with NAZIS, they’re normalizing extremism and injecting it into mainstream society.
Donald Trump is a national security threat, and treating him as something lesser only helps America’s far-right.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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