If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in 1937 or 1957, you don’t have to look far. We are living in it.
America is an ugly place.
Dressed in khakis and polos, bearing torches, donning Nazi memorabilia, and chanting anti-black, anti-LGBT, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant chants, white supremacist bigots have descended on Charlottesville, Va., in droves in what may very well be the largest public demonstration of its kind in generations.
With almost no resistance from local police, these public bigots have marched and stomped all over town giving Nazi salutes while chanting “f— you, f—-ts.” They have yelled every racial slur imaginable and have done so with the full knowledge that they were being filmed. And that was all before someone used a car like a torpedo to plow into a crowd.
They don’t the mind the spotlight.
Why would they? Their President, who they love and adore, was voted into office in a white supremacist surge. They attended his rallies and events.
With every chance to specifically call out this bigotry and white supremacy on Twitter, Trump refused. In his speech he refused. The man is specific when he feels like it. Think of all of the people he has called out across the years, but now he can’t be specific because he knows these men are his base.
If Donald Trump can target and harass women, immigrants, Muslims, the disabled, the poor, and so many others with threats of physical violence and cruel insults and taunts, why can’t they?