When Donald Trump tagged Jeff Sessions, a man who previously lost a congressional confirmation battle for a federal judgeship due to his racist views, no one thought Sessions would get another chance to get a cabinet position in any future administration. But here he is, being considered by Donald Trump to be the next Attorney General.
Of course, Fox News will bring on people sympathetic to racist. In defending one of Session’s racist remarks, where he referred to a black man as “boy,” David Clark found nothing wrong with that because he too refers to himself as a boy too.
DAVID CLARKE: Look, nobody’s perfect. If he made some statements, he called somebody boy —
MEGYN KELLY (HOST): Don’t worry, Eric, we’ll get to you.
CLARKE: Megyn, I refer to myself as that.
ERIC GUSTER: Can I answer the question, Megyn?
CLARKE: When someone says, Sheriff, where you from? I tell them, I tell them I’m a Milwaukee boy. OK, if some people are offended by that, I get that, but that’s being hypersensitive.
Before Donald Trump came along, these people lived content little lives under a racist rock in their racist neck of the woods. They stayed stuck in their racist bubble of hate while the rest of the America worked towards putting our differences aside. But since they got one of their own in the White House, these racists are now out of the woodwork and they are spreading their message of hate from the mountain tops.
For his part, Donald Trump is helping out by bringing a known racist like Steve Bannon as his chief adviser.
Meanwhile, speaking about spreading their message from the mountain top, CNN introduces a panel featuring another known racist named Richard Spencer. In the segment below, Spencer spews his hate and asks if “Jews are people or instead soulless golems?”
If you’re not a white male between the ages of 65 and 85, then you have something to worried about in this Trump era.
At a national meeting of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group, about 1,000 people listened to talks expressing shock at the hatred expressed during the presidential campaign and questioned what they thought was a high-level of acceptance by other Americans.
“I’m struggling right now in this American moment,” said Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, an education and research organization, in his talk at the event. “I wonder whether I have been — and I think the answer is probably yes — a little bit naive.”
During this past year, anti-Semitic imagery proliferated on social media, Jewish journalists were targeted and longstanding anti-Jewish conspiracy theories got a fresh airing. Much of the bias originated with the alt-right, or alternative right, a loose group espousing a provocative and reactionary strain of conservatism. It’s often associated with far right efforts to preserve “white identity,” oppose multiculturalism and defend “Western values.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been over 200 hate crimes in the week since Donald Trump was elected.
I guess you can say his election emboldened hate and racism.
— (((Adam Milstein))) (@AdamMilstein) November 14, 2016
Reporting from The Daily Beast show Swastikas, racist graffiti, and allusions to Nazi Germany appeared on storefronts and other locations in Philadelphia overnight, following Donald Trump’s victory. An SUV was painted with “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch.”
Another shop had “Sieg Heil 2016” painted on its window with a swastika. Others had “Trump,” where the “T” was replaced with a swastika. Many of the incidents were reported to police overnight for cleanup and investigation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wednesday is also the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazi Germany encouraged pogroms against Jewish sites across Berlin in 1938.
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) November 9, 2016
Finally, a Democrat who speaks it like it is. Nevada Senator and Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, shared some of his feelings on the election of Donald Trump. In a statement on his website, Reid credited Trump for giving a voice to “the forces of hate and bigotry in America.”
“I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.
“White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.
“I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president.
“I have a large family. I have one daughter and twelve granddaughters. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear – fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends. I’ve felt their tears and I’ve felt their fear.
“We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.
“If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
“If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately.”
Oh, so that’s why the Republican presidential nominee say the things he say. Apparently the apple really doesn’t fall too far from the tree.