This was first posted August 15, 2016
“When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.” Ann Coulter, 2002
Coulter’s not so bother’s by treason these days.
First published 8/15/2016
This morning I got an email from old friend in London.
Writing about Trump, he asked, “Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump?”
I told him I’d show him.
I hoard information; I always have.
Before the internets, I kept news clippings, old flyers, and plenty of books.
When I was a kid, I read encyclopedias and textbooks for fun.
Now I have a vast digital library of music, films, television, images, and articles.
Between 2009 and 2011 I collected photographs of people at Tea Party demonstrations.
I also collected racist political propaganda and screen shots of death threats to President Obama on Twitter and right-wing blogs.
Trump supporters occupy an inverse version of the United States where racism is a Christian Virtue and disdain for Human Rights is a mark of strength.
Their America treats ethnic and sexual minorities with contempt and violence.
“Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump?”
To begin with, many of Trump’s supporters are a coalition of white
supremacists and neo-nazis that politically organized in the late 1980’s.
Their movement is described in the 1991 documentary, Blood in the Face.
The conspiracy theories, racist rhetoric, and threats of violence that we hear from the Trump campaign and Trump’s surrogates reflect the sensibilities of this movement.
The leaders of this coalition proudly describe a political strategy of taking over the U.S. government, office by office, starting with school boards, until every branch of government reflects a neo-nazi, white supremacist agenda.
Below is the official trailer for Blood in the Face:
I gathered the images in this post between 2000 and 2015.
I don’t know the source and intend no copyright infringement.
A heads up before we start:
I include a lynching postcard, which were popular among whites in the South of the early 20th Century.
These pictures best illustrate what Trump’s supporters mean by ‘personal liberty‘.
If you don’t want to see these photos please stop reading.
However, if you’re unsure of why Democrats need your vote in this election I urge you to continue.
“Who the Hell’s voting for Donald Trump?”
The photo above predates 2011 because Ted Kennedy is on the enemies list. Ted Kennedy died August 25, 2009.
The shot above speaks for itself.
During Obama’s first campaign right-wing websites regularly called for his assassination.
Below is a detail from a 2009 cartoon published in the New York Post shortly after President Obama’s inauguration.
Porch monkey: commonly used in the United States as a derogatory term against African-Americans. It refers to Blacks as lazy. As if they have nothing better to do than to sit at their front porch of their home. Quora
Below is the cartoon in full:
Do I see two cops who’ve shot and killed an innocent porch monkey?
This image provides a compelling context for the increased police shootings over the past eight years; especially as the right-wing echo chamber tries to blame President Obama for increasing racial tensions by being Black.
Is it possible that the derogatory and inflammatory rhetoric of white racists are in part to blame for the inflamed racial tensions that plague our nation?
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” Donald Trump August 10, 2016.
He listens to Fox News? Here’s what he heard:
So what’s the goal of this organized movement of rich libertarians, racists, and neo-nazis?
Do they want this violence?
They say they want a return to the good old days.
Have a look at the good old days:
Will Brown was accused of assaulting a white woman.
He was 41 years old and suffered from acute rheumatism.
Brown ended up in the hands of the crazed mob. He was beaten into unconsciousness. His clothes were torn off by the time he reached the building’s doors. Then he was dragged to a nearby lamp pole on the south side of the courthouse at 18th and Harney around 11:00 p.m. The mob roared when they saw Brown, and a rope was placed around his neck. Brown was hoisted in the air, his body spinning. He was riddled with bullets. His body was then brought down, tied behind a car, and towed to the intersection of 17th and Dodge. There the body was burned with fuel taken from nearby red danger lamps and fire truck lanterns. Later, pieces of the rope used to lynch Brown were sold for 10 cents each. Finally, Brown’s charred body was dragged through the city’s downtown streets.
The best illustration is Ann Coulter, a rich white career woman who argues against women’s rights:
“If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president” Ann Coulter 2007
Tax breaks for women of her class are more important than her right to vote.
But that’s the point: women of her class don’t suffer the consequences of their political decisions.
The bigots with whom Ann Coulter toys will never stand down because they think they have a divine right to control the bodies and minds of people of color, gays, the poor and women.
These extremists want a world that let’s them treat the rest of us like property.
Winning the fight for our rights as citizens is the beginning of another battle; the fight to keep those rights.
We have to fight now and always.
If you’re thinking of sitting out this election I ask you to consider
these words from a man who died in the fight for your right to vote:
Below is a video of clip from the 1991 Documentary ‘Blood in the Face’ .
If you have the time to watch it, do.
These are the people our wealthy GOP elites thought they could manipulate and control:
Here is a link to the full documentary film: Blood in the Face, 1991
Rob Goldstein 2016