Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Donald Trump Called Himself a Nationalist

TRIGGER WARNING: ANTISEMITISM, TRANSPHOBIA, EXTREME PESSIMISM

My laptop charger has still not arrived so I am without my collection of reaction gifs to properly express how fucked up I am over this shit.

President Trump Just Called Himself a 'Nationalist.' Here's What That Means—and Why It's So Dangerous.

Why does Esquire need to explain this shit to us? We should know that nationalism is dangerous. But everything Trump has done has been leading to this - he's been slowly escalating, getting us used to awfulness like we're frogs in a pot of slowly warming water, not even noticing when it gets close to the boiling point. This is the next step. Nationalism isn't bad, it's good! What does it matter if nationalism is the bread and butter of fascism and that nationalism always leads directly to violence against people outside of the perceived national norm - immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, trans people, Jewish people.

Speaking of the latter:

Explosive Device Is Found in Mailbox at Soros’s Home in N.Y. Suburb

The right has been increasingly evoking Soro's name as the financier for everything happening on the Left, which is a classic antisemitic trope. Rich Jewish people behind the scenes, pulling the strings. Now someone has tried to murder him. Meanwhile there are even wealthier people on the right unabashedly bankrolling Republicans, and their mailboxes remain bomb-free.

And of course:

The Trump administration reportedly wants the government to revoke civil rights protections from transgender people

The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

Fascism is here and the country's most vulnerable populations are under attack. The right will soon be unabashedly calling themselves nationalists. And then, what's the big deal if they're white nationalists? What really is the problem with fascism? If we're going to be the best nation, shouldn't we only have the best people? And who do you think that the right will decide are the best kind of people?

It's time to rise up hard again. Like we did during the attempted Muslim bans, like we did during the bathroom debate, like we did when we first found out about the mass imprisonment of migrant Latinx children. And we need to have extra urgency this time, because Donald Trump just called himself a nationalist and instructed his followers to do the same.

It's fucking wild to write in this blog five days a week about how Donald Trump is a nationalist, to think that so many people, including friends and family, probably think I'm exaggerating, over-reacting, maybe fearmongering, perhaps hysterical, over-dramatic, just looking for things to get upset about because I need to distract myself from my misery. And I definitely do need to distract myself from my misery, but Donald Trump being a nationalist and nobody listening is my misery. I distract myself with Hulu and video games.

Now, on Monday, October 22, 2018, Donald Trump has said "I am a nationalist" while calling Democrats "globalists" - an antisemitic dogwhistle commonly used by white nationalists and neo-nazis. This happened yesterday, and I didn't find out until this morning. It rather looks like the U.S. is going to shrug this off. We have a nationalist for a president, folks. Logically we should all be dropping everything to march on the White House, drag him out, glue feathers all over his body, and set him adrift on a piece of wood on the Atlantic. But we're frogs in an ever-warming pot of water, and soon some of us will be literally fucking dead.

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