German cartoon on Trump’s comments about murderous Charlottesville racism

German Trump Ku Klux Klan cartoon

German weekly Der Spiegel writes on Twitter about their front page cartoon of this week’s issue:

The true face of Donald Trump. The cover of our latest edition, again designed by @edelstudio.

The Ku Klux Klan hood cartoon reacts to Trump’s comments about murderous racism in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists.

Donald Trump calls anti-nazis ‘anti-police’

This 19 August 2017 video from the USA is called Boston anti-nazi protest parade.

By Jake Johnson in the USA:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

‘Blatant Smear’: Trump Attacks Boston Anti-Racism Demonstrators as ‘Anti-Police Agitators’

“Again, this man attacks anti-Nazi protesters. He’s determined to create a culture war in America to distract from his unethical failures.”

After declaring during a press conference on Tuesday that there were many “very fine people” in attendance at the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to launch an attack on the thousands of anti-racist demonstrators in Boston, labeling them “anti-police agitators.”

Donald Trump’s spying on citizens, sculpture and ‘free speech’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump’s DOJ Demands Personal Info On 1.3M Visitors to ‘DisruptJ20Inauguration Protest Website

18 August 2017

The Justice Department is demanding web hosting provider DreamHost turn over 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited the website, which was used to organize the protests against President Trump’s inauguration.

The Justice Department is also seeking names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information about the owners and subscribers of the website. More than 200 protesters were arrested during the Inauguration Day protests and are now facing decades in prison on trumped-up charges. We are joined by Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His group is assisting DreamHost in its opposition to the government’s search warrant.

The transcript of this video is here.

By Ophelia Benson:

Aug 17th, 2017

Speaking of beautiful statues that are causing Donald Trump to mourn and pine when they are moved from one spot to another, a couple of Facebook friends have been reminding us of some that were demolished altogether decades ago. They adorned what was then Bonwit Teller at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street in Manhattan.

Bonwit Teller sculpture

Beginning in the 1960s, a series of corporate takeovers changed the face of retailing. Bonwit’s was sold several times, and it lost the luster that Bergdorf, in particular, was able to retain. Although some ancillary stores survived until 2000, Bonwit Teller closed its store at Fifth and 56th in 1979.

That was good news for Donald Trump, who acquired the old Bonwit’s building and began demolition in 1980. He had promised the limestone reliefs of the dancing women to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which wanted them for its sculpture collection, although the offer was conditional on his being able to remove them. But suddenly workmen jackhammered them to bits.

This act was condemned by, among others, The New York Times, which said: “Evidently, New York needs to make salvation of this kind of landmark mandatory and stop expecting that its developers will be good citizens and good sports.”

The Trump organization replied that the two-ton panels were “without artistic merit”, that saving them would have delayed construction for months and cost $500,000.

Plus they weren’t Confederate generals or General Pershing or Mussolini, so you know, who cares.

A chalk mural of Heather Heyer, murdered by a white supremacist hitting her and other anti-racist protesters with his car, adorns the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on August 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo: Bored_Grrl)

By Katherine Cross in the USA:

When “Free Speech” Kills

Friday, August 18, 2017

The way we were going, this was always going to end in blood. Every person who’s ever misused arguments for free speech to defend Nazis or white supremacists  —  just so they could puff out their chests and apocryphally quote Voltaire with smug certitude  —  has some measure of Heather Heyer’s blood on their hands.

The road that James Alex Fields Jr. sped down was paved with countless editorials in major newspapers and magazines that positioned student movements or black women on Twitter as existential threats to “free speech.” It was paved by those who said they were less afraid of Richard Spencer than the man who punched him. It was paved by countless people saying, “they’re just words” or “it’s just the internet, it’s not real life” in defence of extremists’ vitriol, never realizing that such statements are not mere words on the wind: they are promises.

After all, how many times have we seen white people online call for mowing down protesters? What happened in Charlottesville wasn’t even the first time someone went out and actually did it. As a recent Slate article notes: “On July 10, 2016  —  the same day a South Carolina fire captain threatened to run over BLM protesters who had shut down Interstate 126  —  an SUV driver in southern Illinois plowed through a group of BLM protesters after yelling ‘All lives matter, not blacks, all lives.'”

That was over a year ago, and we should have seen then how quickly hateful social media slogans quickly become action.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Heyer’s murder, a Springfield, MA policeman wrote on Facebook  —  in response to a news article about the terror attack  —  ”Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block roads.” He added, to someone trying to argue with him, “How do you know [the driver] was a Nazi scumbag? Stop being part of the problem.” An incredible two step: celebrating a woman’s murder, and then tut tutting someone who insulted her murderer while retreating behind formless relativism.

The many instances of whites letting loose their hatred online and calling for the mowing down of protesters are wishes being loosed into the ether. Eventually, they’ll coalesce into a deed. As I said, they are not just words, they are promises, given force and urgency by the overheated rhetoric that prevails on social media, where even the most extreme racists are given free reign to agitate without limit.

Black Lives Splatter racist decal from nazi site Daily Stormer

This variation on the United States racist “All Lives Splatter” decal which encourages drivers to wound or kill protesters against police brutality is specifically a call to kill or injure supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is from the nazi Internet site Daily Stormer, one of the organisers of the Charlottesville violent fascist rally. The murderer of Heather Heyer got his inspiration from this.

Steve Bannon gone, Trump still United States president

This video from the USA says about itself:

BREAKING: Fired Steve Bannon IMMEDIATELY Turns On Trump

18 August 2017

Hell hath no fury like a Bannon scorned. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Cary Harrison, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

Steve Bannon gave an exit interview to The Weekly Standard wherein he said that “the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over”:

“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

Bannon returned to Breitbart earlier today after leaving the White House, and he’s making it clear that he is not going to war against Trump specifically, but rather the people around him getting in the way of the populist agenda he promised.”

Read more here.

Sad to say, another example of using the word ‘populist’ where extreme right racist should be used.

Bannon’s Ouster Welcomed, but Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump. Saturday, August 19, 2017 By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams.

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest social justice organization, released this statement following the removal of Senior White House Strategist and known white supremacist Steve Bannon from President Trump’s administration.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Trump’s firing of Bannon: The military asserts control

19 August 2017

Trump’s firing of his fascistic chief political strategist Stephen Bannon marks a new stage in the bitter factional conflict within the American ruling elite.

The dismissal came three days after Trump’s press conference on Tuesday, in which the president defended the Nazi and white supremacist demonstrators who rampaged through Charlottesville last weekend. Trump’s remarks triggered an unprecedented political crisis in Washington. Powerful sections of the ruling elite fear that the self-exposure of the US president as a fascist sympathizer is severely damaging the credibility of the United States internationally and creating the conditions for social explosions at home.

On Thursday, the pressure on the White House from within the state and the corporate establishment reached a new pitch with a public email rebuking Trump from James Murdoch, chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of Trump ally Rupert Murdoch. Also on Thursday, New York Republican Congressman Peter King called for the firing of Bannon, and Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned Trump’s stability and competence.

Wall Street, nervous over reports that Trump’s chief economic adviser, former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, was considering resigning, fired a shot across the administration’s bow with a broad stock market sell-off. The Dow fell 274 points on Thursday, its biggest one-day loss in three months. Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange cheered Friday when news broke of Bannon’s removal.

The decision to fire Bannon was made by Trump’s recently appointed White House chief of staff, retired Marine General John Kelly. The forces leading the push within the administration included Kelly; National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, an active duty general; Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired general; former Goldman executive Cohn; and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil.

The direct control of the military in alliance with Wall Street over the affairs of state has, if anything, been increased.

Internecine conflicts within the ruling class have raged since Trump’s inauguration, centering on differences over US imperialist foreign policy. The Democrats and a section of Republicans have lined up with dominant factions of the military and intelligence apparatus to demand that Trump take a more aggressive line against Russia and more rapidly escalate the wars in Afghanistan and Syria.

The announcement of Bannon’s removal came as Trump was meeting with his top generals and intelligence officials at Camp David to discuss their proposals for an increase in US troop levels in Afghanistan. Trump, backed by Bannon, has up to now resisted the Pentagon plan.

On Wednesday, the liberal American Prospect magazine published an interview with Bannon in which he boasted of his plans to purge opponents at the State and Defense departments, attacked Cohn by name for pulling back on trade war against China, and dismissed US war threats against North Korea, saying, “There’s no military solution, forget it.”

The following day both Tillerson and Mattis issued statements reiterating Washington’s readiness to carry out a nuclear attack on North Korea.

A significant section of Wall Street bankers and corporate CEOs, many of whom have disassociated themselves from Trump’s pro-fascist remarks, see the removal of Bannon as a step toward reining in the factional warfare within the administration and between Trump and the Republican Congress. They see this as essential to carrying out Trump’s pledges to slash corporate taxes, remove business regulations and provide a profit windfall in the guise of infrastructure reform.

There is nothing progressive or democratic about the concerns motivating the generals, Wall Street bankers and Democratic and Republican politicians who pushed for Bannon’s removal. All of the vying factions within the ruling class are agreed on the need to intensify the attack on the living standards and social conditions of the working class. Trump’s own efforts, in alliance with Bannon, to build up a fascistic base are fundamentally directed toward the violent suppression of working class opposition.

Bannon, who immediately resumed his post as head of the fascistic Breitbart News, will continue to exercise significant political influence over the Trump administration. He told Bloomberg News that he will be “going to war for Trump against his opponents,” adding, “I’m now free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons.”

As for Trump, he is doubling down on his efforts to whip up extreme right-wing elements. He is proceeding with plans to hold a rally next Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona, at which he is expected to announce a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who led a witch-hunt against immigrant workers and was convicted of contempt of court for defying a judge’s order to stop illegally detaining Hispanics.

The danger of world war, the growth of poverty and social inequality and the destruction of democratic rights will not be halted by palace intrigues or cabinet shakeups. Neither Trump nor Bannon are the cause of political reaction and the growth of far-right forces. They themselves are noxious manifestations of the crisis and decay of American and world capitalism.

There is no faction of the capitalist class that is capable of offering policies to address the urgent concerns of working people for jobs, education, pensions, health care, peace and basic rights. The Democratic Party has presided no less than the Republicans over nearly half a century of social reaction. Its main concern is to divert social anger away from a struggle against capitalism and channel it behind nationalism, trade war and expanded military aggression around the world.

The only progressive basis for opposing Trump is the independent mobilization of the working class in opposition to the entire political establishment and the capitalist system it defends.

Ivanka Trump’s Silence on Her Father’s Charlottesville Statements is Deafening: here.

Former Federal Judge Donated To White Supremacist Cause. The former judge gave money to an organization whose stated goal is to “help” a known hate group: here.

Bloody attack in Barcelona abused for militarism, racism

This video says about itself:

Mass demonstrations and vigils in Barcelona following terror attack

18 August 2017

At least 14 people have died in the attack in Las Ramblas and attempted attack in Cambrils. Vigils and solidarity marches have been seen across Barcelona on 18 August, the day after the incidents.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 August 2017:

Spanish riot police has stopped a group of demonstrators at Plaza de Catalunya [in Barcelona]. A group of 20 to 30 right-wing extremists held up signs and banners which said: stop the Islamization of Europe. Hundreds of counter-demonstrators shouted “idiots” at them and raised their middle fingers at them.

The police drove the right-wing protesters from the square after which the counter-demonstrators applauded and calm returned.

So, obvious neo-fascists try to abuse the grief about the horrible bloody crime in Barcelona for stoking up racism.

Then, there is the Spanish minority government in Madrid. It is a government of Prime Minister Rajoy‘s Partido Popular. That party was founded by a minister of the late fascist dictator Francisco Franco. The Partido Popular abuse the criminal attack as well.

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López:

Rajoy threatens to deploy army inside Spain after Barcelona attack

19 August 2017

Well before the facts of Thursday’s horrific terror attack in Barcelona are clearly established, Spain’s right wing Popular Party (PP) government is pressing to deploy the army inside the country. This would be the first time that the army was deployed inside Spain since the country was ruled by the fascist regime of Francisco Franco, which took power via a 1936 military rebellion and a bloody three-year civil war.

Yesterday, Interior Minister Ignacio Zoido announced that he would for now keep the terror alert at level four on Spain’s five-point scale. However, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s PP government is summoning a defense council to discuss raising the terror alert to five, indicating a “very high and immediate danger of terrorist attack” and allowing for the domestic deployment of the army.

The Spanish army is already preparing for the move to alert level five. El Confidencial reported yesterday that Defense Minister Dolores Maria Cospedal had given the general staff “concrete orders” to “be ready” to deploy troops inside Spain within days. Cospedal had previously said in an interview with COPE radio that if the terror alert level were raised to five, “the army would intervene and it would be totally normal.”

The deployment of the army in Spain would not be aimed at preventing future attacks like the latest atrocity in Barcelona. Rather, the PP aims to impose martial law and shift political life in Spain far to the right. It aims to strangle workers struggles and settle its disputes with the pro-austerity Catalan regional government in Barcelona, which erupted in June after Barcelona scheduled a referendum on Catalan independence from Spain for October 1, along right-wing lines.

Less than two full days since the Barcelona attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) [ISIS], with many details of how they unfolded still unknown, the most serious questions are already raised about how the attacks were allowed to proceed. The CIA had sent warnings two months ago to the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan regional police, reporting that La Rambla was a terrorist target. On July 30, an IS-linked Twitter account announced an “imminent attack” in Spain.

Nonetheless, security was not apparently raised on La Rambla, even though Catalonia is known to be a center of jihadist activity in Spain. Spain’s state-linked think-tank Real Instituto Elcano noted, in a report published last year titled “The Islamic State in Spain,” that Spain’s National Court and Spanish security forces have an “extremely preventive strategy” involving mass surveillance of the Muslim population in Catalonia. Nonetheless, a large IS terror cell was allowed to prepare a major attack undisturbed.

It now appears that the attack was a botched attempt to prepare an even larger atrocity. Police suspect that a gas explosion late Wednesday at a house in Alcanar, a small town 224km from Barcelona, was in fact an accident during the preparation of bombs that were to be loaded into two vans rented in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda. This forced the terror cell to go into action immediately, before they were discovered. They drove one van into the crowd on La Rambla avenue in Barcelona Thursday at 4:50 p.m., killing 14 and wounding 126, with 17 still in critical condition.

Another car forced a police checkpoint on Diagonal Avenue in Barcelona around 8 p.m., hitting three policemen, and was shot at by police. A man was found dead in the back seat of the car, but with stab wounds, not bullet wounds, according to the Mossos d’Esquadra. It remains unclear whether this was related to the La Rambla attack.

After midnight on Friday morning, police shot and killed five suspected terrorists in Cambrils, as they tried to drive their Audi A3 through a police checkpoint and then assaulted civilians with knives and axes. A woman has since died of injuries sustained during this assault.

The five men killed by police in Cambrils were identified as Moussa Oukabir, 17, believed to be the driver of the van in Barcelona; El Houssaine Abbouyaaqoub, 19; Omar and Mohamed Hychami, 21 and 24; and Said Aallaa, 19. All were Moroccans living in Spain. There are reports that Younes Abbouyaaqoub, 22, El Houssaine’s brother, may have escaped and crossed the border into France, driving a Renault Kangoo van.

It is astonishing that, despite mass state surveillance, such a massive undertaking as the Barcelona-Cambrils attack could be prepared under the noses of Spanish police and the Mossos d’Esquadra. It is still unclear how this was possible. However, it appears that a major factor was the growing conflict between Madrid and Barcelona. Amid fears that the Catalan referendum might lead to conflict between the Mossos and Spain’s Guardia Civil, anti-terror collaboration between Catalan and central-Spanish law enforcement largely collapsed.

Catalan police unions are now sharply criticizing Madrid, accusing it of undermining the Mossos. Zoido denied them the right to hire 500 new agents, in what union official Imma Viudes told Público yesterday she believed was a “clear act of reprisal” for the scheduling of the Catalan independence referendum. Perhaps more significantly, according to police union official Sergi Miquel, Madrid also denies the Mossos access to Europol and other international police databases.

These points underscore the fraudulence of the PP’s drive now to impose martial law on the pretext that it is waging an all-out “war on terror.” Islamist networks in Europe are in fact trusted tools of European foreign policy, dispatching thousands of fighters to NATO wars for regime change in Syria and across the Middle East under the protection and the watchful eyes of the intelligence services. The so-called “war on terror” overwhelmingly is used as a pretext for the ruling elites to impose unpopular wars and austerity policies despite mass opposition.

Powerful factions of the Spanish ruling elite are seeking to use the attack to settle accounts with the Catalan bourgeois separatists in Barcelona. The pro-social-democratic daily El País, in its editorial titled “Attack in Barcelona,” bluntly demanded that the separatists drop the referendum: “An attack of this magnitude should be a wake-up call that brings back to reality the Catalan political forces that, from the Govern, the Parlement, or the Catalan independence movements have made the secessionist illusion the sole activity of Catalan political life in recent years.”

Officials in Madrid are doubtless asking themselves whether it would be easier to block the secession of Catalonia if not only the Guardia Civil, but also the Spanish army itself could be deployed to Barcelona.

Above all, however, the deployment of the army inside Spain would be aimed at the working class. Amid explosive social tensions in Spain, with unemployment at 18 percent and 40 percent among youth, it would only be a matter of time before the army was turned against the workers, as it was in the 1930s.

The Barcelona attack itself has already been used against workers struggles. … due to the terror attack, a security workers’ strike for better pay and conditions at Barcelona’s El Prat airport would be called off. Should the army be deployed amid a hysterical law-and-order atmosphere, it will no doubt play a similar function as the security forces in the French state of emergency, which were used to assault and intimidate protesters against last year’s pro-business labor law reform.

Ban Trump from Twitter, Anne Frank Center says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Anne Frank Center: Trump‘s Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

18 August 2017

President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where racism and anti-Semitism were on clear display. We speak with Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which is calling on Twitter to suspend Trump’s personal account, after branding him an accomplice to domestic terrorism.

Transcript here.

Donald Trump’s defense of racists, reactions to it, Bannon out

This video from the USA says about itself:

Evocative Magazine Covers Call Out Donald Trump On Charlottesville | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

17 August 2017

Using both Nazi & white supremacist imagery, The New Yorker, The Economist, and TIME are using their latest covers to call out Pres. Trump on Charlottesville. Rick Stengel & Gillian Tett react.

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday: here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Trump deepens appeal to fascist right

18 August 2017

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump intensified his appeal to racist and fascist forces, bemoaning the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” of Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Trump’s comments were a calculated overture to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday over efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. In the course of the violence, one neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of peaceful anti-racist protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer.

The president provoked widespread popular outrage with his comments at a Tuesday afternoon press briefing at Trump Tower in New York City, where he openly defended the neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, saying there were “many fine people” among them, while declaring that anti-racist protesters bore an equal share of the blame for any violence that ensued.

Trump tweeted Thursday, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson—who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”

Posing as a lover of history, culture and beauty is ludicrous and implausible for someone most famous—before the 2016 election campaign—for hosting a reality TV program and erecting vulgar monuments to his own wealth and celebrity.

Moreover, by equating Washington and Jefferson, leaders of one of the great liberating struggles of mankind, the American Revolution, with the military leadership of the Confederacy, a slaveowners’ rebellion, Trump demonstrates that he knows nothing about American history.

Nonetheless, there is a logic in this seemingly bizarre conduct. Acting on the advice of his fascist advisers, particularly chief political strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump is cultivating a definite social layer of ultra-rightists, white supremacists and outright neo-Nazis.

He is sticking to his guns in the face of near-universal criticism from the media, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the Republican Party, seeking to lay the basis for the development of a fascist movement in the United States, which would combine racism, religious fundamentalism, economic nationalism and militarism.

Trump combined his tweets defending Confederate monuments with blasts against critics within the Republican Party, including senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona. He even endorsed Flake’s newly announced opponent for the Republican Senate nomination in Arizona in 2018, denouncing Flake as “toxic.”

The neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville has touched off a wave of protests nationwide against Trump’s public embrace of the white supremacists, as well as actions by local and state governments to shut down Confederate memorials or remove them outright.

The city of Baltimore removed all four of its remaining Confederate statues on Wednesday night, while the state of Virginia and the city of Richmond, between them home to a vast array of Confederate memorials, began taking similar action.

In Durham, North Carolina, a group of protesters pulled down a Confederate statue outside the county courthouse. Eight were arrested—many more than the number of white supremacists arrested after the Charlottesville rampage, although no one was injured in Durham.

The vast majority of Confederate memorials were erected, not in the aftermath of the Civil War itself, but during the era of the imposition of Jim Crow segregation, from 1895 to 1930, and later during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s. In both periods, they were directed against demands for equal political and civil rights for African Americans, the descendants of the slaves freed by the Civil War.

The response to Trump’s remarks within the corporate media and the capitalist political establishment has been dominated by fears that the president has too blatantly revealed the orientation of his administration to neo-Nazi and white supremacist forces, thus discrediting the US government both at home and abroad.

Particularly significant is the response of the military brass. Each of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top commanders of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and National Guard, issued statements condemning race hatred and white supremacists, although making no mention of the conciliation of these forces by Trump.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, visiting China for talks on the North Korea crisis, told reporters he agreed with the comments of the other commanders. “I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you there is no place—no place—for racism and bigotry in the US military or in the United States as a whole,” he said, again without mentioning Trump.

These statements were given huge prominence in the daily press, including the New York Times and Washington Post, alongside the condemnations of Trump’s comments by an array of Republican officeholders, senators, representatives and governors, and the walkout from White House advisory panels by dozens of corporate CEOs and bankers.

None of these representatives of the ruling elite objected to Trump’s Muslim ban, his persecution of immigrants, his demands for sweeping cuts in social spending, or his militaristic bullying of countries around the world. Their main concern is that his latest comments have revealed, too openly and crudely, the anti-democratic essence of the American capitalist state, shattering the pretense that the United States is the leader of the “free world” and the advocate of democracy against tyranny and oppression.

Similarly, the Democratic Party politicians have mainly attacked Trump from the right, portraying him as too soft on Vladimir Putin and beholden to Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 US elections.

The bourgeois critics object not to Trump’s defense of Wall Street and American imperialism, but to the methods he employs, which they regard as too reckless, potentially provoking a movement from below that would threaten the interests of American capitalism as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is itself riven with conflicts that reflect the deepening divisions within the ruling elite. Press reports cite widespread (but anonymous) leaks from White House staff and cabinet officials thrown into consternation by the political firestorm that has followed Trump’s public defense of neo-Nazis.

The highest-ranking Jewish member of the White House staff, chairman of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, was said by the New York Times to be “disgusted” and contemplating resignation—a report that touched off a selloff on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones average down 247 points on Thursday. Other reports suggested that Cohn was hanging on in the expectation that he would be appointed next month to succeed Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

A Wall Street Journal column noted that the wave of resignations by CEOs from Trump advisory councils was at least in part sparked by concerns that his increasingly abrasive relations with congressional Republicans would cripple his ability to push through the expected tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, the key issue as far as corporate America was concerned.

Billionaire Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, was reported to have urged Trump to fire chief strategist Stephen Bannon at a dinner meeting in the White House, as part of an effort to reorganize his administration and redirect it to the main political tasks demanded by the financial aristocracy, especially tax cuts.

Bannon responded with an unusual interview to the liberal publication American Prospect, in which he publicly attacked Cohn and the Treasury Department, headed by another Wall Street multi-millionaire, Steven Mnuchin, for opposing a hardline economic nationalist policy in relation to China.

He gloated over the political impact of the Charlottesville events. “The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

The Trump adviser is not talking about an electoral competition, but about the mobilization of ultra-right and fascist forces, along with the police and military, to provide the basis for an authoritarian regime based on war and social austerity.

18 August 2017: In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s press conference Tuesday, in which he defended those who participated in last weekend’s Nazi and KKK rampage in Charlottesville, the president doubled down in his effort to appeal to far-right forces Thursday morning, tweeting his support for the public display of Confederate statues and monuments. The statues of generals who fought to defend slavery, Trump proclaimed, were “beautiful” and would be “greatly missed and never comparably replaced”: here.

Donald Trump’s remarks on Tuesday defending violent Nazi and white supremacist demonstrators have torn the already threadbare mask from the face of American capitalism. The president of the United States stood before the media to give his support to the “very fine people” involved in the rally in Charlottesville this past weekend, while attacking supposedly “violent” left-wing protesters: here.

Donald Trump’s defense of Nazi and white supremacist protests in Charlottesville that led to the killing of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer has provoked a deep political crisis in Europe. European states that for decades presented themselves as having built democracy after fascist rule during World War II thanks to Washington’s leadership of the “free world” are scrambling to distance themselves from the White House and denounce Trump’s pro-Nazi opinions: here.