Thursday, May 18, 2017

Here Comes Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: TORTURE, DEATH, ANTI-BLACK RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA]

Or to be more precise, here comes a(nother) fascist! To the White House!

Trump Nominates Actual Fascist David Clarke for Department of Homeland Security

I know I call a lot of people fascists these days but David Clarke's beliefs about justice and homeland security tend to range anywhere from "what the hell" to "holy fucking goddamn shit."

He oversees a prison that is notoriously brutal. Four people have died of mistreatment and torture in his custody. One newborn baby died while its mother was shackled during childbirth; another prisoner died of dehydration, after the water in his cell was shut off for seven days. In 2013, one of his deputies ran a traffic light and T-boned the car of a civilian driver, who was badly injured. Clarke’s department charged the driver, who was actually sober, with drunk driving in order to cover up its own culpability.

God damn.

In his book, Clarke proposes that the Department of Homeland Security — the department that he has been nominated to serve — assume police-state powers to round up internal enemies. “I suggest that our commander in chief ought to utilize Article I, Section 9 and take all of these individuals that are suspected, these ones on the internet spewing jihadi rhetoric … to scoop them up, charge them with treason and, under habeas corpus, detain them indefinitely at Gitmo,” he writes. Clarke estimates that the number of people to be rounded up in such fashion runs into “hundreds of thousands,” or “maybe a million.”

What the actual fuck?

He has predicted that Black Lives Matter will “join forces with ISIS,” and on multiple occasions described the group as a terror organization. The protesters do not “care about black lives. They care about their own radical ideology of terrorism: anarchy.” Clarke insists Black Lives Matter “needs to be crushed.”

Holy shit dude.

This guy has a really unfortunate case of internalized racism as a black man and will therefore, unfortunately, be used as an excuse for the Dampnut administration to claim to totally not be racist while crushing the black population with police brutality and deep cuts to like every welfare program that benefits black communities. If he gets confirmed, that is. Republicans may be so strongly anti-black that they won't even confirm one that so ardently supports their fascist agenda.

Which isn't good, but, you know.... God damnit, fuck Republicans.

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