Trump and the United States extreme right

This 13 August 2020 CNN TV video from the USA says about itself:

Trump praises GOP candidate despite her QAnon support

President Donald Trump praised a QAnon supporter who is on the verge of becoming a Republican member of Congress, tweeting that Marjorie Taylor Greene is “a real winner” after her primary victory. CNN’s Manu Raju reports some Republicans who criticized her extreme and racist remarks are now supporting her.

PREZ VEERS OFF THE RAILS IN WILD FOX INTERVIEW President Donald Trump spouted numerous baseless conspiracy theories and attacked Black Lives Matter protesters while claiming his own supporters are peaceful demonstrators during a lengthy interview with Fox News on Monday. When asked if his supporters should confront Black Lives Matter protesters ― as they have been doing in various cities ― Trump said that should be left to law enforcement. He then proceeded to call his base “wonderful, hardworking, tremendous” people who were shocked by the violence. [HuffPost]

TRUMP COMPARES POLICE SHOOTING OF BLAKE WITH GOLFER WHO ‘CHOKES’ DURING PUTT The president compared the Wisconsin police officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back seven times to a golfer who “chokes” by missing an easy putt. The shooting was caught on video and has kicked off a new wave of protests against police violence. Trump defended the police, saying they’re the ones “under siege.” “They can do 10,000 great acts … and one bad apple ― or a choker,” he said. “Y’know a choker. They choke.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP DEFENDS RITTENHOUSE’S DEADLY SHOOTING President Donald Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Trump supporter who fatally shot two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week. The president also blamed mounting civil unrest on “left-wing political violence.” Speaking at a White House coronavirus update, Trump called Rittenhouse’s attack at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, held days after Kenosha police wounded Jacob Blake, a Black man, an “interesting situation.” “He was trying to get away from them, I guess … and he fell,” Trump claimed, citing videos of the Rittenhouse attack. “And then they very violently attacked him.” This comes as the president prepares to visit Kenosha. [HuffPost]

MARYLAND STATE OFFICIAL FIRED FOR SUPPORT OF KENOSHA SHOOTING SUSPECT Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) administration dismissed a top official for a series of social media posts in which he expressed his support for the teen suspected of killing two men last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Arthur “Mac” Love IV had served as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives since 2015. According to the Baltimore Sun, one of Love’s posts showed an image of suspect Kyle Rittenhouse cleaning graffiti with the caption, “I’m grateful that conservatives are rallying behind this kid. He genuinely seems like a good person.” [HuffPost]

U.S. Faces A ‘Perfect Storm’ Of Political Violence Heading Into November Election. Law enforcement and other authorities used force while intervening in nearly 400 Black Lives Matter protests since police killed George Floyd in May, according to new data that paints the clearest portrait yet of the historic unrest that’s swept across the U.S. this summer.

GOP SEN. RON JOHNSON PROMOTES ‘CITIZEN SOLDIERS’ TO ‘OVERWHELM’ RIOTERS Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said that “citizen soldiers” should mobilize to “overwhelm rioters” on the streets of America. As for the fatal shooting of protesters in Kenosha last week, he said in a CNN interview Sunday: “Two people died because citizens took matters into their own hands. I’m not for vigilantism; I’m not sure that’s what was happening.” Johnson declared that “the way you stop the violence, the way you stop the rioting, is you surge manpower and resources, citizen soldiers, National Guard, and you overwhelm the number of rioters.” [HuffPost]

QAnon Cultists, Emboldened By Trump, Rally In Hollywood To Spread Dangerous Conspiracies. QAnon believers follow the postings of “Q”, an anonymous individual who claims to be a high-ranking official working with Trump to take down a supposed cabal of Satanic-worshipping pedophiles who have breached the highest levels of government, media and entertainment.

The anti-Semitic backstory of QAnon.

Portland Police Are Giving Up On Policing The Far-Right. The Portland Police Bureau appears to have all but given up on policing the far-right factions brawling in the Oregon city’s streets, despite a recent escalation in violence that has seen those extremists throw explosives, brandish guns and in one case fire them at other protesters: here.

She Called Muslims ‘Savages’ And Islam A ‘Cancer’. Now She’s A GOP [Republican party] Nominee. [HuffPost]

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  1. Nextdoor, a social network that connects neighbors in more than 100,000 communities across the U.S., is plagued with racism. We must act!

    The digital platform has been used for wealthy white people–often white women–to complain about Black people in their neighborhoods. One notorious Nextdoor post in Mississippi in 2017 warned neighbors of two Black men who had offered to mow people’s lawns.1 What should have been viewed as a neighborly act of kindness became a potential threat to the safety of these Black people and their families because of racist fearmongering.

    One Black mom even told Buzzfeed News that she only used Nextdoor because she is afraid that someday her neighbors will weaponize the site to accuse her children of suspicious behavior.2

    Allowing racism to run rampant on Nextdoor puts Black lives at risk and hurts Black community members. Furthermore, as feminists, we must speak up when we see white women perpetuating racism and harming Black communities.

    Sign the petition: Nextdoor must ban hate speech, end relationships with police, hold moderators accountable, and hire more people of color.

    In addition, Nextdoor has a direct relationship with police departments and lets users send photos and communicate directly with police–making the conditions ripe for false and potentially lethal reports against Black people, as we recently saw when a white woman called the police on a Black man who asked her to leash her dog in New York City’s Central Park.

    In February, Nextdoor even paid for police officers on its advisory council to be wined and dined in San Francisco on a trip that cost nearly $17,000.3

    Recently, UltraViolet members successfully pressured Reddit to change its policies to ban racism and hate speech on its platform. Now, together, we can push Nextdoor.

    Nextdoor relies on a similar volunteer moderation and rule enforcement model as Reddit. Recently, the digital platform company said that it would offer training to its moderators. However, considering how systemic and prevalent racism is in its operations and in communities across the country, one policy fix is nowhere near enough to protect Black people from harassment, bullying, and even death.

    Nextdoor must sever all ties with police and actually identify and protect vulnerable communities on its platform.

    Sign the petition: Nextdoor must ban hate speech, end relationships with police, hold moderators accountable, and hire more people of color.
    Sign the petition

    Nextdoor recently published a statement saying that “Racism has no place on Nextdoor.” But the site’s history and cozy relationship with police tell a completely different story.

    Nextdoor has also engaged in racist behavior toward Black and Indigenous people. For one, its tool to identify fake accounts frequently disables the accounts of non-white-sounding names, particularly the accounts of Black and Indigenous people.

    During recent Black Lives Matter protests, Nextdoor users often threatened protesters with violence from tasers and guns while posts in support of protesters were often deleted by moderators.

    Nextdoor is well aware of its racism problem, but it has a long way to go to root out racism and bias in its operations. Based on our experience successfully pressuring Reddit to pass more robust reforms, we know that Nextdoor can do better.4

    Sign the petition: Nextdoor must ban hate speech, end relationships with police, hold moderators accountable, and hire more people of color.

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Shaunna, Kathy, Sonja, Melody, Lindsay, Maria, Kimberly, Katie, Iris, KD, and Elisa, the UltraViolet team


    1. The Narcs of Nextdoor, SF Weekly, July 3, 2020

    2. Nextdoor eliminates its forward to police program, The Verge, June 20, 2020

    3. How Nextdoor Courts Police and Public Officials, Bloomberg CityLab, May 21, 2020

    4. Racial Profiling Is Still A Problem On Nextdoor, BuzzFeed, May 18, 2017


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