Ku Klux Klan mocked by United States artists

This video, by the satiric Indecline artists from the USA says about itself:

Ku Klux Klowns

7 September 2017

If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

Activists hang KKK ‘clown’ effigies from tree in a Virginia park

By Justin Wm. Moyer

September 7 at 4:31 PM

The art collective that unveiled naked statues of Donald Trump in major U.S. cities last year left Ku Klux Klan effigies hanging in a park in Richmond early Wednesday.

The faux Klansmen, left by the INDECLINE collective in Joseph Bryan Park overnight, were hanging from a tree dressed in multicolored wigs and clown shoes. A sign on one of the effigies read: “If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.”

A spokeswoman for Richmond police said authorities were investigating the display, which was removed. The park was closed and cordoned off with crime scene tape, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A video published online Wednesday by INDECLINE includes footage of the clowns being assembled and mounted at dusk by people wearing masks. The video includes dialogue from a decades-old episode of the “Superman” radio show that ridiculed the KKK, interspersed with a Klan anthem featuring the lyrics: “Stand up and be counted/show that world that you’re a man … join the Ku Klux Klan.”

A statement from the group said Richmond was chosen for the display, called “Ku Klux Klowns,” because it was the capital of the Confederacy. The project is a response to the “White Nationalist uprising in the United States”, the statement said, and the park was chosen because it was the location of a slave rebellion in 1800.

INDECLINE was founded in 2001, according to its website. The group was thrust into the spotlight after it left Trump statues in New York, San Francisco and other cities before the 2016 presidential election. It has also covered stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with names of African Americans killed by police.

West Virginia policeman supports Ku Klux Klan: here.


Trump whitewashes nazis, British Theresa May still welcomes him

This 16 August 2017 video from Virginia, USA is called Demonstrators sing during peaceful candlelight vigil in Charlottesville [in memory of the murder of Heather Heyer by a nazi].

By Anthony J Onwuegbuzie and Richard Maunders in Britain:

Theresa May‘s crime of silence

Tuesday 29th August 2017

It would befit the PM to rescind Trump’s state visit in light of his tolerance for the neonazis of Charlottesville, write Anthony J Onwuegbuzie and Richard Maunders

ON Saturday August 12 white supremacists — some armed in paramilitary fashion, carrying shields, protective clothing, rods and automatic weapons taking advantage of Virginia’s lax firearm laws — gathered together in Charlottesville.

They and various other groups of neonazis and the Ku Klux Klan, known collectively as the alt-right, replete with their fascist regalia sought to parade their brands of obnoxious racist poison through the town’s streets.

They were met by fierce opposition from counter-protesters, which, by the end of the day, resulted in the cruel death of Heather Heyer by a deranged racist using the Isis-style tactic of driving a vehicle into the crowd of anti-racist marchers.

The KKK is no stranger to violence, murder, lynchings and burnings. Its vile history is a testament to the bigotry and hate of white supremacy.

The KKK’s first incarnation came out of the 1860s, followed by another reinvention around 1915 and, thirdly by the current brand, whose membership numbers range between 3,000 and 6,000.

Its ideology, which is based on the supremacy of the white man, includes nationalism, antisemitism, nativism, Christian terrorism, anti-Catholicism and neofascism.

This organisation would be banned in Britain (one hopes) for its dissemination of hate propaganda and the promotion of racial violence and terrorism.

Indeed, the United Nations defines terrorism as: “Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes [which] are in any circumstances unjustifiable, whatever the consideration of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.”

There is more than one justification among those definitions to brand and to outlaw the KKK.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre and Anti-Defamation League have declared the KKK a “hate group”.

That they certainly are but surely, like Isis, they fall under the definition of a “terrorist organisation”?

President Donald Trump views them rather differently though; in his view there are some “fine people” among the KKK and other pro-confederate marchers, as he remarked three days after the Charlottesville atrocities. Disturbingly, Trump — who makes a statement one day and a contradictory statement the very next day, or even sometimes on the same day — is described by monopoly-owned Western media as the leader of the so-called “free world” and a friend of British Prime Minister Theresa May.

After the violent incidents in Charlottesville it took May four days to respond with the banal observation that “there is no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them” — the same platitudinous rhetoric that some other world figures had already made.

May, although stating that she thought it “important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them,” made no condemnation of Trump’s bombastic tirade during a press conference that was held at the infamous Trump Tower on Tuesday August 15.

The same Theresa May who could not wait to go to the White House and invite this parody of a president on a British state visit — anxious no doubt to show that she too is a leader of the “free world.”

Racism has no place in any civilised society or political class. Yet the legacy of racism runs deep throughout capitalist society, spawning as it did from an imperialist past of subjugation, slavery and exploitation.

Although May’s response to Trump’s inadequate handling of racism has been tame, she still has the opportunity to make a difference as British Prime Minister.

In particular, just as Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (a US lawyer and political activist [of the homophobic anti-Semitic fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church]) has been banned from Britain for “fostering extremism or hatred”; Stephen Donald “Don” Black (a US white supremacist) and Michael Savage (a US radio host, author, activist and conservative political commentator) have been banned for “fostering hatred that might lead to intercommunity violence”; and Abdul Alim Musa (a Muslim US activist) has been banned for “fomenting and glorifying terrorist violence in furtherance of his particular beliefs and seeking to provoke others to terrorist acts,” it would befit May to rescind Trump’s invitation. His rhetoric is not conducive towards racial harmony and it would be a fitting way to honour the murdered Heather Heyer. Failure to challenge Trump’s dangerous tolerance for racism would be tantamount to May committing a crime of silence.

African Americans Fighting Fascism and Racism, From World War II to Charlottesville: here.

The ‘Alt-Right‘: We Need Courage and Truth, Not False Equivalencies. We are living in an extraordinary moment in history, and this is no time to blame “both sides” for the chaos that has engulfed our country, by Eladio Bobadilla.

Nazi car murder, gunfire violence in Charlotteville, USA

This 16 August 2017 video from the USA is called Massive Candlelight Vigil Held For Heather Heyer In Charlottesville, Virginia.

By Carla Herreria in the USA:

08/26/2017 11:38 pm ET

Video Shows Man Shooting At Crowd During Charlottesville Rally, With No Police Response

The ACLU documented the incident two weeks ago, and the man has now been arrested in connection with it.

A man attending the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month fired his gun in the direction of a black counterprotester who was holding a torch, and police in their vicinity did not seem to respond.

As seen in the footage below, a man in a blue sleeveless shirt, a green vest and a bandana on his head pulls out a gun and aims it at a counterprotester, who is off camera and appears to be holding a makeshift lit torch. The first man appears to yell a racial slur at the black man, then fires the gun toward the ground in the direction of the counterprotesters.

The shooter then leaves the scene by joining a line of white supremacist protesters and walking past law enforcement officers, who were standing behind metal barricades about 10 feet away.

Police arrested Richard Wilson Preston, 52, in connection with the incident in the video above, the Daily Progress reported on Saturday. Wilson was charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school during the so-called “Unite The Right” rally on Aug. 12. He is in custody in Towson, Maryland.

Rosia Parker, a Charlottesville activist who was there when the man fired his gun, told the New York Times that police did nothing when the shooting occurred.

“We all heard it and ran ― I know damn well they heard it,” Parker told the Times, referencing the police who were standing behind the barricades. “They never moved.” …

In the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, the ACLU of Virginia has called on Charlottesville police to release body camera footage from the rally showing any civil rights violations similar to the one in the video.

According to the ACLU’s official statement, the video of the shooting is “consistent with our regular calls” for law enforcement agencies to release footage from the protests “that depicts any incident of public concern.”

The video was discovered while ACLU staffers were reviewing footage that staff and volunteers documented at the Charlottesville rally. The group turned in the video to the FBI on Aug. 17 and sent copies to the Virginia State Police and Charlottesville Police Department on Aug. 20. A person familiar with the video told HuffPost the ACLU refrained from making the video public until an arrest was made.

The Charlottesville Police Department and the Charlottesville communications director did not return HuffPost’s request for comment.

Only eight people were arrested on the day that violence broke out between white supremacists, fringe groups and anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, according to the Times. Among those arrested was James Fields, a 20-year-old white supremacist who killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others when he rammed his car into a group of counterprotesters.

Two other arrests were made in connection with another violent crime caught on video that took place during the rally. Police arrested Daniel Patrick Borden, 18, and Alex Michael Ramos, 33, in connection with the beating of Deandre Harris, a black 20-year-old who was protesting the white supremacy rally.

A mob of white supremacists beat Harris with metal poles in a parking lot near police headquarters during the rally, leaving Harris bloodied, with a broken wrist, deep gashes to the head and a chipped tooth. The assault on Harris was filmed and shared widely on social media.

By Alessandra Freitas in the USA:

08/25/2017 06:06 pm ET Updated 17 hours ago

This Holocaust Survivor Noticed A Detail In Charlottesville You Might Have Missed

“You see something like this, you know, it brings back memories and I’m concerned about what could happen in this country.”

Shock and anger were common feelings for most Americans who followed the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

To Jack Rosenthal, the hate-filled imagery was something he never thought he’d see again, at least not in the United States.

Rosenthal is one of 10,000 Romanian refugees who came to America after World War II. At 88 years old, he still mourns the loss of seven family members who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He was the only one to survive.

He was born and raised in a farming village in northern Romania. “Altogether in my village, there were 26 Jewish families,” Rosenthal told HuffPost. Most of them didn’t survive either.

He was 16 when he was taken to the German Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland. Later, he was transferred to Buchenwald, another camp near Weimar, Germany, where he was forced to work for the Nazis ― the only reason he was kept alive until U.S. military forces began to evacuate the camp’s 28,000 prisoners in 1945. He came to the U.S. hoping to find a new beginning.

“After I was liberated, I thought to myself the world has learned what terrible traces hate can bring to humanity,” he said. “And now this gives me a depressing feeling because it’s happening again, and it’s happening now.”

The successful real estate agent watched the protests from his home in Roslyn, New York, where he lives during the warmer months of the year. In the winter, Rosenthal flies to Florida.

Decades later, he remembers how hard it was to get settled in the U.S. while dealing with the trauma from the war. “When I came here, I used to get really bad nightmares and I would get up in middle of the night not being able to go back to sleep,” he said.

Those days of lingering fear and uncertainty felt much closer after watching neo-Nazis rage during the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, he said. But after all the anti-Semitic speeches and the deadly car attack, it was one particular detail that caught Rosenthal’s attention.

He noticed it while reading about a Aug. 14 court hearing for James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of plowing his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the white nationalist rally, leaving a 32-year-old woman dead and injuring at least 19 other people. The article included a photo of Matthew Heimbach, who had helped promote the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, voicing his displeasure outside the courtroom after a judge denied bail for Fields.

The white supremacist’s T-shirt was the first thing Rosenthal saw. On the shirt was a picture of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, a pre-WWII leader of the Romanian fascist Legion of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Iron Guard political party, which were both linked to the [German] Nazi party.

White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach yells at the media outside the Charlottesville General Courthouse on Aug. 14, photo by Justin Ide/Reuters

Codreanu was the face behind pogroms in Romania. The large-scale violent riots killed tens of thousands of Romanian Jews during the 1930s leading up to the Holocaust.

“I recognized the name right away,” Rosenthal said. “You see something like this, you know, it brings back memories and I’m concerned about what could happen in this country,” he said.

The groups behind the Unite the Right rally are not the only ones of their kind. According to a February report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least 917 hate groups exist throughout the country.

Many Americans were concerned when President Donald Trump failed to immediately condemn white supremacy in responding to the Charlottesville violence. Instead, Trump blamed both sides of the protests ― a point he repeated on Tuesday.

“You cannot compare fascism and Nazis to the other people protesting. Maybe there are people on both sides who are misguided, but there is simply no comparison,” Rosenthal said.

And he reminded us that the consequences of going through horrific violence never really end. “It’s 70 years after the war and it still has a tremendous impact on me,” he said. “It’s something I’ll never forget and that’ll always be with me as long as I live.”

Fascism in the USA and academics

This video from the USA says about itself:

Boston Rival Rallies: Thousands march against hate speech

20 August 2017

Dozens of people have been arrested at a so-called ‘free-speech’ rally organised by right-wing activists in the US city of Boston. Known hate groups, including the KKK, were invited to join the rally. But in response, more than 15 thousand [over 40,000, other reports say] anti-racism demonstrators marched in a counter-protest and outnumbered the other side. Tetiana Anderson reports.

By Dana Mills in Britain:

What academics can do to help counter the tide of US fascism

Saturday 26th August 2017

Educate, agitate, organise: campuses on both sides of the Atlantic are key in the struggle against fascism and racism, writes DANA MILLS

MANY young people received their A-level results last week and will be starting their preparation to go to university in the fast-approaching academic year.

Many other students, already enrolled in higher education institutions, will be getting ready to return to their classrooms.

For many, this period is also a period of preparation from the other side of the classroom, as teachers and educators.

But beyond the academic exchanges, university campuses have a political significance that carries weight for society as a whole.

On August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old anti-fascist activist, was killed in a car ramming attack by a white supremacist in a neonazi rally.

The following week, a white nationalism rally in Boston was attended by thousands of counter-protesters, ending the rally early, only 45 minutes after it had begun.

These events are a galvanising, pivotal moment in organisation and activism after the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the consistent legitimation of the alt-right in the public sphere.

Movements such as Black Lives Matter are gaining a new significance and traction among the US public.

US academics are preparing for a new academic year with newfound rigour. The alt-right is likely to try get to many campuses across the nation and gain influence among young people.

Against this backdrop, the Campus Anti-fascist Network, a collaborative effort between academics in the US and beyond, was founded.

The idea behind the group is to provide a home for all those fighting racism and fascism. Endorsed by writers Junot Diaz and Viet Nguyen, the network also aims to provide protection for those attacked for speaking up against racism and fascism, very often members of minority groups or women.

The network also provides a forum for exchange of thoughts on antifascist materials (including an antifascist reading list) and other teaching resources in the joint fight against racism.

US campuses have always been sites for contestation of ideas from various sides of the political spectrum.

British campuses, too, are sites of politics, and indeed the confrontation between anti-racist and anti-fascist activism. English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as well as [French] National Front president Marine Le Pen have both spoken at the Oxford Union, amid protests and demonstrations.

Movements such as Rhodes Must Fall have questioned the predominantly white bias on campuses which present symbols of colonialism alongside primarily white reading lists under the guise of “neutrality.”

As British academics, teachers and students in higher education prepare to return to their lecture rooms and classrooms in this moment of unrest, the question: “What can we do?” is on everyone’s minds.

First we must examine the materials we are using in our classrooms. It is fairly uncontested that most reading lists are still predominately white, male and middle-class biased. There are wonderful initiatives around the world which call out sexism, racism and class bias in academia. It is our responsibility to study and implement them.

Second, we must remind ourselves that there is no such thing as an apolitical classroom. We should encourage dialogue and thoughtfulness from our students, especially in the age of Twitter politics. We must talk with our students about events here and in the US — and realise that not taking a stand or presenting a guise of neutrality is equal to complicity.

We must also remember our duty of solidarity with comrades around the world, as history has taught us that fascism is never a local problem and resistance to it should be international.

The main book I will use for my teaching this year is Rachel Holmes’s extraordinary Eleanor Marx: a Life (Bloomsbury, 2014).

A woman of words and action: socialist, feminist, trade unionist, internationalist, Eleanor Marx is an exemplar for us all for thinking about solidarity in dark times.

In her 1884 essay The Irish Dynamiters she writes: “The man who could not hear a tale of distress without attempting to relieve it can now brag of abetting acts that endanger the lives of innocent women and children.”

We are responsible, as teachers and thinkers, to work together and help combat the violence and fear experienced on both shores of the Atlantic.

Holmes shows how Eleanor Marx lived the maxim: educate, agitate, organise. We, as educators, must remind ourselves it is a privilege and an honour to teach; we must follow in Eleanor Marx’s footsteps and work together against racism, fascism, and hate of all kinds.

We must educate, agitate and organise so that our students speak up and relieve distress around them, changing the world for the better and not becoming complicit in its dangers and evils.

Dr Dana Mills is a British-based academic and activist. She spent 2016-17 in the US on two academic appointments, during which during time she became active in the Women’s March movement.

A Colorado man who claimed he was stabbed by an antifa militant because of his neo-Nazi haircut now admits he made up the whole story. Joshua Witt, 26, a U.S. Navy boatswain’s mate, was booked by Sheridan police Thursday on a summons charging him with false reporting. He confessed his earlier report that he was the victim of a stabbing was false, according to the Denver Post: here.

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.

THE BURDEN OF HATE HuffPost examined the rise of modern white supremacy, from Charleston to Charlottesville. Follow our timeline and track hate. [HuffPost]

Man Who Claimed He Was Stabbed After Being Mistaken For A Neo-Nazi Was Lying. He said a stranger came up to him and said “You one of them neo-Nazis?” before stabbing him: here.

ICAHN EXITS BEFORE CRITICAL NEW YORKER PIECE “Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned as President Donald Trump’s special adviser on regulations on Friday, did so just hours before The New Yorker magazine published a critical article that detailed his potential conflict of interest and questioned whether he had acted illegally.” [HuffPost]

A LOOK AT TRUMP’S CHIEF OF STAFF IN LIGHT OF STEVE BANNON’S DEPARTURE Three weeks into John Kelly’s tenure, the question is: Has he gotten through to the president? [HuffPost]

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.