Last week, Trump's Nazi followers decided that it was time to take their harassment of Jews off the internet and into the real world. Andrew Anglin of the "Daily Stormer" told his white nationalist followers to start "trolling" the Jews of Whitefish, Montana in person. We wrote about this at the Banter and described it as the beginning of a dangerous escalation.
Just a week later, we know what the next step for Trump's Nazi followers is: Armed terrorism.
For the next phase of our plan against Jew Gersh and Jew Love Lives Here, we are planning an armed protest in Whitefish.
Montana has extremely liberal open carry laws, so my lawyer is telling me we can easily march through the center of the town carrying high-powered rifles.
I myself am planning on being there to lead the protest, which has been dubbed “March on Whitefish.”
Currently, my guys say we are going to be able to put together about 200 people to participate in the march, which will be against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either. We will be busing in skinheads from the Bay Area.
The right likes to pretend that their armed protest marches are supposed to be peaceful but that's Orwellian doublespeak. Marching with guns "against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either" contains the implicit (bordering on explicit) threat of violence. This is the definition of terrorism. If this is not abundantly clear, imagine for a moment that Muslims marched through the center of town carrying high-powered rifles protesting Christians, Christian businesses and everyone who supports either. How would the press portray such a march? Would it even be allowed? Would anyone not perceive this as an attempt to terrorize people?
If you're still unclear as to the core intent of Anglin and his merry band of Nazis, here's the promo picture that accompanies the planned "march":
Yes, that is the entrance to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where an estimated 1.25 - 1.5 million people were murdered. And, yes, those are the faces of three of the "vicious" Jews (and one of their sons) who are being targeted. Let's not pretend this is just a bit of fun trolling. This is designed to make the Jews of Whitefish fear for their lives. Period.
So now we have yet another dangerous escalation in the Age of Trump. As before, Anglin is betting that under a Trump presidency, the FBI and the Department of Justice will simply ignore the increasingly violent behavior of Trump's white nationalist followers. Even if the current iteration of federal law enforcement cracks down on them, there's every reason to believe any such scrutiny would evaporate shortly after January 20th.
If (when?) that happens, the next thing we'll see is vandalism followed by brutal assaults. And if (when?) Trump's FBI and Department of Justice declare that they won't investigate the incidents as hate crimes (because conservatives think hates crimes don't really exist), it will be open season. This, coincidentally, is why so many people have been afraid since Trump's (illegitimate) election. Unlike the right wing's baseless terror that the Negro in "their" White House was going to take all their guns and have hordes of black thugs rape their women (no, seriously, white conservatives really believed this), minorities are legitimately afraid that Trump and his followers will carry out their promised purge.
And with every story of white nationalists growing bolder, that fear becomes more and more justified.
If it turns out that our government is no longer interested in protecting the rights of our citizens to be free from fear then it will be up to us to stare hate if the face and tell it to fuck off. I would hope that the businesses of Whitefish stand in solidarity with their neighbors and that counter-protesters show up by the thousands to shout down Anglin's message of hate. We either stand together now or wait until it's our turn to be terrorized and then stand alone.
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