“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Donald Trump, 08/13/2017, following white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, VA.
On Memorial Day in 1927, brawls erupted in New York led by sympathizers of the Italian fascist movement and the Ku Klux Klan. In the fascist brawl, which took place in the Bronx, two Italian men were killed by anti-fascists. In Queens, 1,000 white-robed Klansmen marched through the Jamaica neighborhood, eventually spurring an all-out brawl in which seven men were arrested.
The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that “Native-born Protestant Americans” were being “assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City.” “Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon,” it continued, “when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organise to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.”
One of those arrested was Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd. in Jamaica. A contemporaneous article from the Daily Star notes that Trump was detained “on a charge of refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so.”
This was Donald Trump’s father, who was not an immigrant, or a Roman Catholic, or an Italian fascist.
There were many ‘sides’ involved in that 1927 riot, and one side was composed of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization dedicated to upholding white racial purity and white nationalism.
An old truism states, “The apple never falls far from the tree…” and that is evidently still true, even in this emancipated day & age.
These are some of the people that Donald Trump has seen fit to associate himself with in his new Administration:
Steve Bannon – Presidential Counselor & Chief Strategist, formerly Chairman of Breitbart Media (a platform for the Alt-Right movement).
Stephen Miller – WH Senior Policy Advisor, and protégé of Richard Spencer (who is an avowed White Nationalist).
Sebastian Gorka – WH Deputy Assistant, self-proclaimed ‘counter terrorism advisor’ and Nazi sympathizer.
Milo Yiannopoulos – Nazi-loving former Breitbart News staffer, who is a protégé of Steven Bannon.
Richard Spencer – one of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally leaders, who is also a protégé of Steve Bannon.
Alex Jones – paranoid schizophrenic alt-right conspiracy theorist whom Trump admires, listens to on the internet, and communicates with through personal phone calls.
Because evidently, in Trump’s viewpoint, ‘freedom for all’ means freedom to believe in anything & everything, including racial prejudice, white supremacy, fascism, Nazi-ism, genocide, slavery, and apparently plain old domestic murder.
And ‘justice’ is just the means to an end…
like a Final Solution.